Einen guten Rutsch!

When your German friends wish you a “Guten Rutsch!”, “Einen Guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!” or say “rutsch guet übere” (Swissgerman), they don’t want you to “slide” or “slip” (rutschen=to slide; (aus)rutschen= to slip). They simply wish you a smooth start into the New Year. Can’t they just say “Gutes Neues Jahr”? Yes, they can […]

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Dutch and German: what do they have in common?

  Learning a new language is always very exciting. Especially when the new language we’re learning is similar to one we already know. These similarities can be at different levels (phonetical, lexical, syntactical etc.). The Dutch language belongs to the West-German branch of the Indoeuropean languages and is actually close to German (and Swissgerman).   […]

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Saint Nicholas’ legend vs Santa Claus…

  Sinterklaas or Nikolaus, San Nicola etc. in European countries is based on the legendary figure of St Nicholas. Born in 271 AD to a rich Greek family in Asia Minor in in the city of Patara (Lycia et Pamphylia), he was very religious from an early age. His parents died by an epidemic while […]

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New to Germany?

  Are you going to move to Germany? – Here you can find some practical tips and insights that will help you settle in easier. Aside from general information I add some advice for students who want to study in Germany. Health Care You will need to have a family doctor / Hausarzt, preferably close […]

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