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Word of the Week: FKK

Word of the Week: FKK | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
FKK, or "Freikörperkultur" (Free Body Culture), is more than just freeing yourself from the burden of your clothes, it means liberating yourself from social conventions.
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German increasingly popular as a foreign language - University World News

German increasingly popular as a foreign language - University World News | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
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Is It Too Late To Learn a New Language?

Is It Too Late To Learn a New Language? | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
Ever wondered if you were too old to learn a new language? This article will help you answer that question!
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Culture Shock in Germany: An American Expat Is Horrified by His Discovery of German 'Schreber Gardens'

Culture Shock in Germany: An American Expat Is Horrified by His Discovery of German 'Schreber Gardens' | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
Dear Germany, I have a confession to make. When I first arrived at the Hannover airport back in 2012, my wife met me at the security gate, we picked up my luggage and boarded the S5 train on our wa...
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Ten reasons to love North Rhine-Westphalia | All media content | DW.DE | 02.04.2015

Ten reasons to love North Rhine-Westphalia | All media content | DW.DE | 02.04.2015 | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
As Germany's most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia is known for its cultural diversity as well as for its cheerful and hard-working people. Here are ten reasons to visit the western state.
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10 things you should know before going to a German restaurant | All media content | DW.DE | 19.09.2014

10 things you should know before going to a German restaurant | All media content | DW.DE | 19.09.2014 | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
Don't fall into the tourist traps: Follow these tips for a faux-pas-free visit to a German restaurant. Keep in mind that these only apply to average eateries - five-star joints follow international rules of their own.
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Five days in Berlin, Germany. Part 1: A cruise on the river Spree.

Five days in Berlin, Germany. Part 1: A cruise on the river Spree. | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
Berlin has changed. This is obvious not only to the inhabitants, but also to any random visitor who hasn't been in Berlin for a while. Ten years ago, when I was last in Berlin, it actually had this...
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How to speak Norridge

How to speak Norridge | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
A Swiss university has launched a research project looking into the Norwich accent. Martin George listens out for what makes it such a distinctive and wonderful sound.
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The Perks Of Being A Native English Speaker In Germany - Courtney Martin - Columnists | ExpatFocus.com

The Perks Of Being A Native English Speaker In Germany - Courtney Martin - Columnists | ExpatFocus.com | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
My first column here on Expat Focus was titled “The Perils of the Native English Speaker in Germany.” In that article, I complained about being a native English speaker in Germany. Well, I am back here to say that now, over one year after writing that
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How to ride a bike in Germany | All media content | DW.DE | 10.04.2015

How to ride a bike in Germany | All media content | DW.DE | 10.04.2015 | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
It's time to drag your two-wheeler out of the basement and to the local bike shop for a spring fix-up. Germany is a haven for bike riders, but here's what you need to know before flipping up your kickstand.
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19 British Habits I Lost When I Moved To Germany

19 British Habits I Lost When I Moved To Germany | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
For starters, you can forget shopping on a Sunday.
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5 Things to Know About ‘Sie’ and ‘Du’

5 Things to Know About ‘Sie’ and ‘Du’ | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
Learning when to call someone “Du” or “Sie”—the informal and formal forms of address—can be agonizing. Here are five cardinal rules that will spare you many awkward moments:
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The case for language learning: seven big issues facing the UK

The case for language learning: seven big issues facing the UK | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
From the impact on the economy to community cohesion, a new report explores Britain’s relationship with multilinguilism
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The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts

The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
How does the U.S. compare to the world in terms of language diversity?
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10 Things Germany Does Better

10 Things Germany Does Better | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
CONTRIBUTED BY CALIFORNIA GLOBETROTTER 1. BIER! BIER! BIER! The number one thing Germans do best, is beer! It doesn’t matter what kind of beer because it’
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Life expectancy in Germany reaches all-time high | News | DW.DE | 22.04.2015

Life expectancy in Germany reaches all-time high | News | DW.DE | 22.04.2015 | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
Newborn boys in Germany can now expect to live until roughly the age of 78, and girls five years more than that. Both of those assessments are record-breaking, according to the government's latest analysis.
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Indian-origin poet Rajvinder Singh excels with German oeuvre - OdishaSunTimes.com

Indian-origin poet Rajvinder Singh excels with German oeuvre - OdishaSunTimes.com | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
Indian-origin poet Rajvinder Singh excels with German oeuvre

Chandigarh, April 19:

Creative literature is generally linked to a writer’s mother tongue. Not so Rajvinder Singh, an Indian-origin poet whose German oeuvre has seen over a hundred articles written on him over the years.


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Essentially a poet and a short story writer, besides being a feature journalist, this “Punjabi by heart” has 14 anthologies of poetry to his credit, two in his mother tongue and 12 in German, which he lovingly calls his “stepmother-tongue”.

Based in Berlin since January 1981, the 60-year-old bearded Rajvinder Singh’s latest project is to make literature in modern Indian languages accessible to the wider world through translations. To this end, he is now translating Punjabi novel ‘Parsa’, by Gyanpeeth award winning novelist Gurdial Singh, into German.

And, for getting the hang of the Malwai Punjabi culture and the Malwai dialect of the Punjabi language, in which almost all of Gurdial Singh’s books are written, Rajvinder Singh is visiting the places around which the novel revolves.

This three-time German poet laureate, who has been lauded for enriching the German vocabulary, told IANS that it will be more than a word-to-word translation of the 380-page ‘Parsa’, penned in 1991.

Declared poet-laureate in three of the 12 German states, Rajvinder Singh, who wrote his Ph.D. thesis in semiotics at Berlin’s Technical University, holds that translating from Punjabi to German is not an easy task. Both the languages have completely different dictions.

“Parsa is the rarest of the rare novels. It revolves around the complex simplicity of village life, with the inroads of all that goes with it. It showcases how traditions and cultures determine the life of a man,” Rajvinder Singh told IANS in an interview while on a visit here.

“Translation itself is a herculean task, especially when the expressions are written in a colloquial style,” Rajvinder Singh, who in addition to German and Punjabi, also writes in English, Hindi and Urdu. He is also a former National Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) in Shimla.

“To do justice to the original expressions, I have to create new expressions in German,” he said, adding: “Five pages of Punjabi text can easily become six to seven pages in German.”

“The basic purpose of my translation is to showcase Indian literature in world literary circles. It’s simply the dominance of Indian English writings over the other Indian language writings that is preventing the multi-dimensional literary works from 23 Indian regional languages getting global recognition,” he said.

For foreign publishers it becomes very easy to get an Indian English book translated in other European languages.

“The pity is that Indian universities, academies of literature and the Indian government are not doing enough to train translators from the Indian languages. For a multi-lingual country like India, it’s a must that we give scholarships to foreign students to learn our languages to train them as potential translators,” he said.

Rajvinder Singh, who was born in Punjab’s Kapurthala town and had spent his initial years also in Chandigarh and Jammu, occupies a pretty prominent place in German literary circles.

His poems are inscribed in stone are displayed at four public places, which include the city park and three senior schools in Trier, one of the oldest German cities where Karl Marx was born and brought up.

Rajvinder Singh is the only living poet, certainly the only living Indian poet whose verses have been cast in stone and displayed in public park and schools.

How did he achieve this mastery in German? “One always learns one’s mother tongue unconsciously, but one learns other languages very consciously,” he explained.

“For me, too, learning German was an ultra-conscious act that I had to accomplish and acquire a certain mastery through laying bare the etymology and morphology of this language to be able to write in it.”

Adding a poetic touch, Rajvinder Singh said: “Trees are our outer heart, which provide us with 60 percent of the oxygen we need. The message, hence, is clear: Save the trees. It’s a pity that the movements, such as Chipko by Shri Sunderlal Bahuguna don’t flourish in India any more.”

The poet, who launched a ‘Nobel for India 2013′ campaign and was declared the poet laureate of Trier in 2007, said: “I am simply a dialogue addict whose basic engagement is to promote understanding amongst people in general through dialogue as I now belong to both India and Germany. It’s natural for me to promote Indo-German educational and cultural partnerships.”

Towards this, he had accompanied German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on his visit to India last September and had met various art groups and artists in New Delhi.

It remains to be seen whether and when the Indians would take notice of his ideas! (IANS)

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Peter Rettig's curator insight, April 21, 7:43 PM

Writing poetry in a foreign language ( in this case German) that you acquired as an adult is no small feat. 

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Growing number of German learners worldwide | News | DW.DE | 21.04.2015

Growing number of German learners worldwide | News | DW.DE | 21.04.2015 | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
The number of people learning German as a foreign language has grown for the first time in 15 years, according to Germany's foreign office. The language is becoming increasingly popular in China and Brazil.
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The multiple personalities of multilinguals

The multiple personalities of multilinguals | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
I'm a much nicer human being in English than I am in French:
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According to YouGov, at least, manners count in Germany

According to YouGov, at least, manners count in Germany | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
Hold the door open for the person behind you, offer your seat to someone who needs it, be on time - the pollster YouGov has found that Germans feel people are not as polite as they used to be. But manners still do count.
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Learning a language helps me talk back to the voice of depression

Learning a language helps me talk back to the voice of depression | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
Depression often makes your world feel small, and your options few. Languages help me connect with the things I used to care about
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German Language Lessons Were a Big Help for My Trip | Harry Brandons

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German is world's fourth most popular language - The Local

German is world's fourth most popular language - The Local | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
After 15 years of research and a 1,300 page book on the subject, sociolinguistics professor Dr. Ulrich Ammon found that German is surprisingly popular with language learners all over the world.
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Jurgen Klopp to quit Borussia Dortmund on July 1 - as it happened

Jurgen Klopp to quit Borussia Dortmund on July 1 - as it happened | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
German manager - who could also interest Manchester City - will leave Dortmund at the end of the season, according to reports in Germany
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15 Undeniable Reasons to Start Learning a Foreign Language Yesterday

15 Undeniable Reasons to Start Learning a Foreign Language Yesterday | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
If you're not learning a language now, you might want to look into time travel—or you can just start studying today! Compelling reasons to learn a language.
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