German Pens, Pencils, and Markers
to go wrong, to go awry, to go pear-shaped
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Zehn lustige Dinge, die meine Kunden gesagt haben
Hier sind zehn lustige Dinge, die meine Kunden gesagt haben.
Here are 10 funny things my clients have said.
- der Wasserhahn
- sein = to be. sein = his
- sich verlieben in + Akk
- Drogen oder Medikamente?!
- der Schmetterling
- etwas gebacken kriegen
- der Öko-Spießer (use with caution!)
- not Schwiegereltern, but...
Johannes Brahms: A German Requiem with the Bel Canto Chorus
For those of you who don't know yet, I (Frau Warner) am also a classical singer and I love the Germanic repertoire. The Bel Canto Chorus here in Milwaukee, along with the Kettle Moraine Symphony, is performing Johannes Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem) on May 21, 2023 at 3:00 pm.
If you're unfamiliar with the text, or would simply like to enjoy getting to know the text before the concert (or maybe you simply love music, like I do?!), these videos are for you!
In each video, one …
What is a Stammtisch?
der Stammtisch – an inadequate translation is “group of regulars.”
Today you'll learn:
- what a Stammtisch is in Germany and how it differs in the US,
- what you need to know before you go,
- how often to expect to attend a Stammtisch,
- where they take place,
- and something called Einmal ist keinmal.
Sind Sie bereit? Los geht's!
What is a Stammtisch?
A Stammtisch is different in Germany it is in the US, so let's start with the original Stammtisch:
- a regu…
What does "schräg" mean?
You probably enjoy those lists of German words that can't be translated into English as much as I do.
They go around the internet again and again, but have you noticed they're usually the same words?
This word, schräg, never shows up on one, and it deserves to be on every list.
In this episode you'll learn all about the word schräg.
You'll learn what it means, how to pronounce it, and how to use the word schräg.
Und machen Sie Ihre Hausaufgaben! (Do your German homework.)
How Does German Culture Compare to US Culture?
Frequently, very frequently I find myself confused by living in the US again.
The culture is simply so different from German culture, which is where I began my post-grad school life.
I couldn't put words to all of it, but then a friend of mine asked me recently, "Of all the places you've been, where did you have the most culture shock?"
It took me weeks to sort out my answer.
After considering the 21 countries and perhaps 18 states I've visited, I've finally got my answer.
In this episode w…
Nicole reads aloud: "der Kobold in der Mühle" from the Brothers Grimm
It's a 'scary' time of year and to go along with it, here is your Brothers Grimm fairy tale in a video.
You might not know Der Kobold in der Mühle, however it's every bit as eery as the other fairy tales.
What does Kobold mean?
A Kobold is a "house spirit," a German folk being who takes care of household tasks and sometimes causes mischief.
Britannica.com has a fantastic description of a Kobold that includes this important information:
"...mischievous household spirit who usually helps wi…
What is the German National Anthem?
The German National Anthem is known as the Nationalhymne or Das Lied der Deutschen, "The Song of the Germans."
In today's episode of the podcast for German learners you'll hear:
the current national anthem
a bit of its history
the German National Anthem sung in German (by yours truly!)
It's really important to note the specifics of this Anthem because there is a strong connection to German history, one that is to be remembered and respected.
Besides, wouldn't you like to im…
How to Pronounce and Use hätte in German
Knowing how to pronounce hätte correctly in German is one thing. Using it correctly is another.
In today's German lesson you'll learn both how to say hätte correctly and how to use it in a few specific phrases.
Imagine how confident you'll feel knowing exactly what to say and pronouncing everything correctly. This will be a step up for your German.
Plus you'll learn how to say "shoulda, woulda, coulda" in German, which uses hätte, and will surely impress your German friends the next time they…
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