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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.

September 8, 2020

Nature might not be the first idea when thinking about Germany. Engineering, industry, car manufacturing, the Autobahn, densely populated cities spring to mind. But then there are, of course, other stereotypes: Castles, rivers, the Alps, Lederhosen and tidy streets… Li...

August 25, 2020

Sometimes back in the philosophical revolutions of the early 19th century, German intellectuals coined the phrase of the “Land der Dichter und Denker”, the country of poets and thinkers, to describe not so much an understanding, but a goal for their newly emerging mode...

August 7, 2020

Rivers are the literal life line of civilisation. The heart and soul of many countries developed on their banks. Not to say that mountains, forests and of course the coasts aren’t important for human settlement either… but having grown up around one of the most importa...

July 22, 2020

The benefits and setbacks of a dual education system

“Handwerk hat goldenen Boden”: When choosing your career as a young person in Germany, this sentence will be thrown at you again and again. The sentiment that “skilled trade has golden foundations” is a very German re...

July 1, 2020

There are fairy-tales all around the world, and quite a few of them have been made into Disney movies, but no cultural heritage has been as successfully disneyfied as the German. Everybody knows Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White or Sleeping Beauty, and most modern kids...

June 17, 2020

“Iss auf. Sonst regnet es morgen.” German kids know this sentence when growing up: Empty your plate, or it will rain the next day. Quite a few of my German friends, visiting Manchester, used this traditional rule to mock English weather as well as cuisine. “This food i...

May 27, 2020

Are you a native English speaker? Did you try to speak the name “Der Alte Fritz” in the headline? If so, we would love to hear it! The name “Fritz” is one of the most iconic German names from the point of view of many English speakers, and they do fantastic things to i...

May 4, 2020

“My home is my castle” – it might be surprising, but this English term can be found on the wall of many German households, often in handmade stitching. It fits all too well with the German attitude of “schaffe, schaffe, Häusle baue” (hustle, hustle, build a house). Get...

March 25, 2020

Being in lockdown with a small kid brought back something that we neglected due to all the offers of the electronic age: Family and group entertainment via parlour games, a term I never heard in English before I researched it for this article. The German word “Gesellsc...

February 25, 2020

Trigger warning: Bad words and naughty language ahead. Admittedly the author enjoys swearing quite a lot (probably even more since moving to England 10 years ago), so there is literally no holding back. That, however, is healthy. Science has proven the cathartic power...

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