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Most Popular Baby Names in Germany 2016

Marie and Elias have topped the list of last year’s most popular baby names in Germany. A list of the most popular names for boys and girls was recently published by der Gesellschaft für Deutsche Sprache (the Society for German Language). The name Marie has held the top spot for …

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Daily News in Simple German – Learning German Online

News in Simple German – Easy as Eins, Zwei, Drei! If you are a beginner to the German language or looking to improve your language skills, you might think you’re stuck with certain designated reading material. While books are essential for getting with grips with the Grammatik und Wortschatz (grammar …

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German Youth Word of the Year Announced

Will this year’s “German Youth Word of the Year” ever take off? “Fly sein” has been chosen as German Youth Word of the Year 2016 – but the decision has been greeted with some bewilderment from the public. “Fly sein”, which translates as “to be fly,” comes from hip-hop culture and …

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when to use du and sie in german
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When To Use Du And Sie in German

For those learning German, choosing between the informal “du” and the formal “Sie” to address someone can be tricky. But even for native German speakers, it’s getting harder to decide. Even if you are new to the German language or still struggling with the endless grammatical rules, you are probably …

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difference between essen and fressen
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Difference Between Essen and Fressen

Both words mean “to eat”, but the difference between essen and fressen is in who (or what) is doing the eating. Essentially the verb ‘fressen’ is used when talking about animals eating, not ‘essen’, which applies to people: Menschen essen, Tiere fressen. Fressen, as a synonym of eating when referenced to a person …

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Das Jahr geht zu Ende

The song “Das Jahr geht zu Ende” (The Year Comes to an End) by Rolf Zuckowski is  a popular and classic tune for German families at this time of year. Rolf Zuckowski is one of the most famous and best loved children’s singer-songwriters in Germany, with Das Jahr geht zu Ende taken from …

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