99 questions project

No, no, not 99 airballoons, but 99 questions. This is for you: Please email me your question on daily life in Germany, language, litterature and culture to martina@sprich-mit.com . I’ll do my best to answer it! So far we’ve reached question 6. Thank you! Foto by clipartcotttage from http://goo.gl/4i2FZz

6/99 – Fast ways to learn German

6 – How to learn German the fastest way? – Andrey from Bulgaria A. You should marry a German (and other preconditions) B. How to become a Hero (training and methods) C. German Language Monsters (and how to befriend with them) A. You should marry a German (and other preconditions) At least, a popular saying goes “If you want to learn a language, find a romantic partner that speaks the language you wish to learn and you’ll speak it very soon.” Probably true! Well, maybe …

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5/99 – Stiff house slippers

5 – Why do Germans insist on wearing these bloody house slippers? – Daniel from England Thank you for the question, David. It was coming at the right time because I went to a family party that weekend. So I had the opportunity to ask my whole family about the Hausschuh matter. I already knew my dad’s answer as whenever I am barefoot and not wearing house shoes when it is colder he will say “Wear house shoes or do you want to catch a cold?” …

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4/99 – Cruelly splitted verbs

4 – Why do Germans split verbs? – Motaz Mohammed from Palestine Right, very cruel! In German, there are lots of verbs which can be split, called “separable verbs” and “trennbare Verben” in German. These verbs consist of two parts: a verb and a prefix. Most prefixes are prepositions, but they are occasionally adverbs, nouns, or adjectives. The prefix adds a sense to the verb or often change the meaning it completely. This is why to many learners of German …

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3/99 – German beer culture

3 – Why do German people like drinking beer? – Chi To Tang from Hong Kong Beer is Germany’s national drink. There are more than 1300 breweries and 100 liters per person are drunken per year. Germany is the beer country number three in the world, only citizens in the Czech Republic and Austria surpass the Germans. Usually Germans like beer from their region most. In the North, people have the rather bitter Pils beer, whereas in the South people prefer …

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2/99 – Der, die, das?!

2 – Why do you have articles in German language? – Jakas from Lithuania “Der”, “die” or “das”, “ein” or “eine”?!? Articles, but actually their declination according to gender, case and number they carry are challenging and annoying to many learners of German and a constant worry, including Mark Twain who grumbled a lot about them in his book “The Awful German Language”. So why (the hell!) do articles exist, these annoying little words, were they invented to tease you? …

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1/99 – Souvenirs

1 – What would be good souvenirs from Germany to give to my family and friends? – Parvinder from India There are many options. Let’s first think about the inexpensive ones in case you want to bring more souvenirs. You could bring Leibniz cookies in a nice box if available in your supermarket, a bottle of beer, little pretzels also available in the supermarket. Marzipan sweets from Lübeck or Werthers Echte bonbons are quite popular. According to the season you …

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