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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 Ruebezahl? The legendary Silesian “Lord of the Mountains”!

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 […]

The Journey System -The Best Travel Backpack to Carry On

What not to do in Germany- Simple Survival Tips for Enjoying German Culture

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In many ways, Germany is very much like everywhere else, people generally put their pants on one leg at at time. BUT, some things are different, some things that the average American does every day are just not as acceptable in Germany. How do you know what to do? Here’s an almost complete lists of […]

What is the Muenchener Kindl – The Symbol of Munich

Plymouth Junge Kameraden Band- An American High School Band Playing German Music!

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  “So ein Tag, so wunderschön wie Heute“… when I heard those words sung, I immediately flashed back to my childhood. My mother playing this on her record player… my Oma’s radio… singing in German school. But the source was unexpected; the singer was a beautiful High School girl, standing in front of the Plymouth […]

The Journey System -The Best Travel Backpack to Carry On

German Genealogy Databases Online -Find your German Family

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For many German-Americans, tracing their history is not so easy. Records were lost or destroyed, and the old script can be difficult to read. While I am by no means an expert, I have found some German Genealogy Databases online that can help you find a little more about your German Ancestry. I’ve also included links […]

The Journey System -The Best Travel Backpack to Carry On

What Does a German Look Like? Dealing with Stereotypes

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  I’ve been thinking about stereotypes a lot lately… and what does a German look like? Whenever Germans are portrayed in advertising, or in festival invitations, they always seem to be wearing Lederhosen or Dirndls. But, as I’m reminded EVERY TIME I post such a photo, that is not how the typical German looks or […]

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