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Smashing a few German Stereotypes

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I’ve come out from behind my computer keyboard a few times lately to do promotion for various projects, and as a result, I’m being asked some strange questions. Now, I realize that stereotypes come from somewhere… but you would think that a few of these German people stereotypes would just vanish because of their ridiculousness. […]

Why are there so MANY Different names for Germany?

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 […]

History of the Chicken Dance Song- How did Ducks became Chickens?

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 […]

History of the Chicken Dance Song- How did Ducks became Chickens?

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 […]

History of the Chicken Dance Song- How did Ducks became Chickens?

When your Parents Are German… Recognize these?

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I was born in America shortly after my parents arrived from Germany. When your parents are German you don’t grow up like the other kids in your neighborhood.  There are loads of things that make you stand out. Like having a lot of extra stamps in your passport (and HAVING a passport), the ability to […]

History of the Chicken Dance Song- How did Ducks became Chickens?

German Genealogy Databases Online -Find your German Family

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Click to learn more about the International German Genealogy Conference! Use Code KAREN6394 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 […]

History of the Chicken Dance Song- How did Ducks became Chickens?