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Here we will share with you in-depth information on German culture, local events and education twice a month. Please feel free to comment your own experiences and opinions on each post and let us know, which topics you would love to read about in future posts.

Bread and Butter - The core of German nutrition

Legend has it that beer and Bratwurst are the cornerstones of German food, and Brits like to call Germans “Krauts” for their love of Sauerkraut, but both is not quite accurate. The actual core of German nutritional needs is bread; so much, that it found its way into everyday language in terms like “Abendbrot” (dinner), “Pausenbrot” (school food or worker’s lunch), or “Brotzeit” (lunch in Southern Germany). Germany’s love for bread manifests in a consumption of 85kg per person every year. Brits make it to just 27kg in the same time. The German language is so very riddled with references to bread that “Wagner Deutsches Sprichwörter Lexikon” lists more than 500 proverbs using the word bread. “M

You can say you to me: Formal language is serious business in Germany

„You can say you to me“ – legend has it that German chancellor Helmut Kohl made this generous offer to US president Ronald Reagan during the negotiations of Germany's reunification. The truth of this is a bit questionable, given that Kohl’s reputation of being daft didn’t match his political track record. But what is it about? Germans have two different ways of addressing each other – the formal “Sie” and the informal “Du”, and choosing the right one is a matter of politeness. It shouldn’t be taken lightly. Starting to learn English in school, the proper way to address teachers was – of course – the formal one. My English teacher, Frau Loof, was a classy lady of advanced age (or so it felt b

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