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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.

Know your Knigge: What to avoid during German Mealtimes

"When you're at home, behave as if you were on the king's table. This way, when you're at the kings table, you can behave just like home." Many German kids will have heard this advice from parents concerned about their manners. Some of them, like me, will have wondered what king this sentence refers to, with Germany having been a republic for a very long while. Maybe it’s the English Royals, who enjoy huge popularity in their old home country? Anyway, table manners are an important issue for many Germans. Here is what to avoid! 1. Guten Appetit The number one irritation for German guests in England is the total lack of a proper start signal when it comes to lunch or dinner.Never start eating

Magic dwells in each beginning: The start of school is a special moment for German families

Many things can be said about the English education system. Being surrounded by home-educating parents, I hear a lot of criticism. One of them is the early start: It is a tough call to send small children to school at just four years of age. But thenagain, the start of school in England is a lovely, slow approach, and the reception years are a fascinating first step. It’s not as smooth in Germany, where school starts at six (sometimes seven) years, straight from Kindergarten. It is, however, a magical event that pupils, parents and teachers celebrate thoroughly. The famous German writer Herman Hesse coined the words “A magic dwells in each beginning” (“Jedem Anfang wohnt ein Zauber inne”) in

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