Known in German as Abkürzungen (abbreviations), these words are used to squash long, wordy phrases or names into a bite-size, manageable chunks, by combining the first syllable of each word. This is so common in German that they often exist as words in their own right, without people realizing that they are actually abbreviations.
Our resident psychologist Sven Rudloff joins us to explain the background of Germany’s industry-dominating discount supermarkets, Aldi and Lidl. Listen in the player above or continue reading!
Today I want to talk about a particular German success story: How two brothers created a completely new kind of retail business that conquered the world and the purses of all cost-conscious consumers - the discount store. If you ask Germans about the ALDI stores, they will t
Having real conversations with native speakers is one of the best ways to quickly improve your language skills. How can you find a Skype Language Exchange partner, and what should you do once you've found one?
Saxony, in the east of Germany, has about four million inhabitants and covers 18,400 square km (7,110 sq mi), placing it somewhere in the middle of the list of German states. But Saxony is anything other than average.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2015 will take place in Vienna, Austria this weekend (May 23). We've put together a showcase of German Eurovision songs through the years to prepare you for what has become one of the longest-running television programs in the world.
Six teams are still at risk of the drop in Germany's top flight. Ahead of the last matchday of the season, DW has worked through all the possible results this Saturday. Find out how your team can avoid the drop.
Going beyond the obvious destinations and big cities like Berlin, Munich and Hamburg, we delve deeper into the German hinterland to find some of its undiscovered gems. From quaint medieval towns to breathtaking natural beauty, German has got it all.
Döppekuchen is a typical dish from the Eifel region , traditionally made with grated potato, bacon and onion. These ingredients are based on the recipe for kartoffelpuffer (potato fritters), though the people of the Eifel were the first in Germany to do away with the time-consuming process of frying the batter. Instead they pour the mixture into a cast-iron pot (a döppe in the local dialect) and bake it in the oven like a cake ( kuchen ).
15.4 Million children, young people and adults worldwide learn German. This is the result of the study “Deutsch als Fremdsprache weltweit. Datenerhebung 2015”, commissioned by the German Federal Foreign Office. According to the study, the interest in the German language is not only very high in Europe, but also in Asian countries, in Latin America, in Africa, as well as in the Near and Middle East.
Is your German accent on point? Oftentimes, the hardest thing about learning a new language is mastering pronunciation. German tutor, Trevor H. shares his top tips on how to speak German like a native… German can be a demanding language to learn... #beginnergerman #germangrammar #germanlessons
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