Growing up in a small town in North Carolina, Lauren Collins never needed to speak a foreign language outside of high school Spanish classes. It wasn’t until she met her French-speaking husband and moved to Switzerland that she felt the need to become bilingual. She offers her humble opinion on the value of learning a new language.
Angelika Davey's insight:
"When you learn a language, you benefit not only yourself, but also society. Botching conjugations and brandishing your ridiculous accent, you develop empathy. You start to see that the world looks different, depending on where you stand and what you speak."
In Germany, 6 December is known as ‘Nikolaustag’ (Saint Nicholas Day). The night before, German children anticipate an overnight visit from ‘der Nikolaus’ by scrubbing their shows and leaving them in front of their doors in the hope that the will be filled with chocolates and sweets! Naughty children are paid a visit by Knecht Ruprecht…
The Nuremberg Christmas Market is one of the oldest and the most famous in Germany. By tradition, it opens on the Friday before the first Sunday of Advent. The opening ceremonies are led by the "Christmas Angel."
The Advent season is eagerly awaited by many Germans as they enjoy the anticipation and preparation for the celebration of Christmas in four weeks time. On the first Advent, we look at some of the traditional customs and activities of the ‘Adventszeit’ in Germany.
Can it be true? Seventy years after the scourge of Nazism which destroyed the face of Jewish Europe and changed the face of the world, we learn that the descendants of tens of thousands of German Jews who fled the most horrific era in modern history, are
Clusters of wooden huts selling festive food and hand-made crafts are a long-standing tradition in Germany and are now firmly established as a quintessential part of the Christmas season in the United Kingdom as well. Our interactive map provides an overview of German Christmas markets taking place in the United Kingdom this year!
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