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German False Friends List- German words that SOUND like English

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Sometimes you hear a word in German, and you are certain that you know the meaning, even if you’ve never heard the word before. It makes perfect sense that the word Banane means Banana. And then sometimes, you hear a German word, and it sort of sounds English, but the meaning couldn’t be more different. […]

What is Schuhplattler -All About this Bavarian Cultural Tradition

What is the Vogelhochzeit? It’s a song to Welcome Spring!

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Germans do love to sing, and they especially love their Folk songs. One of my favorite German Folk Songs is the Vogelhochzeit. In German School I loved singing the fi-de-ralala part over and over. And with so many verses, the song can go on longer than the Twelve days of Christmas! (I have a feeling […]

What is Schuhplattler -All About this Bavarian Cultural Tradition

German Easter Nest Tradition- From Germany to Texas

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My friend Chuck grew up in Yorktown, Texas, about an 1 ½ hours south of New Braunfels (the heart of German Texas), where his great great grandfather Johann Jost settled in 1848 after leaving Womelsdorf, Germany. Much of his family is still there. Because of the pandemic stay-at-home order, his sister is sorting through Afflerbach […]

What is Schuhplattler -All About this Bavarian Cultural Tradition

How to Watch German Movies and German TV in the US

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I‘m frequently asked HOW to watch German movies or German TV shows here in the US. Generally, I turn to Netflix or Amazon… maybe I slip a German DVD into my multi-region player. But that’s just a tiny percentage of the German Programming available to us here. You tube, apps and certain websites make watching […]

What is Schuhplattler -All About this Bavarian Cultural Tradition

The German Christmas Shop at Easter Favorite Easter or Springtime Memories Giveaway 2020

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  I’m delighted to announce! The German Christmas Shop at Easter wants to help brighten up our Springtime with a special Contest! The German Christmas Shop at Easter loves those special holiday memories with family and friends. Delicious traditional meals, fun Easter activities, remembrances of special decorations. Maybe cute bunnies hiding on the dining room […]

What is Schuhplattler -All About this Bavarian Cultural Tradition

Lunch at the Wurstkuche Regensburg- The Oldest Restaurant in Germany

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Next to the Steinernen Brucke (Stone Bridge) in Regensburg you will find a small green building surrounded by crowds.  The Wurstkuche Regensburg has been serving up sausages to dockworkers and now tourists for hundreds of years in the same location. So, of course, while visiting Regensburg for the Christmas Markets, I could not pass up […]

What is Schuhplattler -All About this Bavarian Cultural Tradition

A Few of my FAVORITE Things to do in Rothenburg Germany

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  Rothenberg ob der Tauber, with it’s virtually untouched Medieval Altstadt, sits on a hill in northern Bavaria (due west of Nuremburg, 2 1/2 hours south east of Frankfurt), and seems to be on everyone’s MUST-SEE list. Sadly, I think far too many people just show up, take a photo near the Plonlein, shop for […]

What is Schuhplattler -All About this Bavarian Cultural Tradition

Thinking about Muttersprache – Tag der Muttersprache

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Deutschland.de reached out to me to do a piece for the Tag der Muttersprache (Day of Native Language) which falls on February 21. So I was thinking about Muttersprache, and it’s LITERAL meaning… Mother Speech. Although I grew up in California, German was my first language. The language of my mother. And after THIS MANY […]

What is Schuhplattler -All About this Bavarian Cultural Tradition