when to use du and sie in german
Talking German

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
Talking German

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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Talking German

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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kids Kraftwerk Roboter cover
Talking German

Kraftwerk Cover Video Goes Intergalatic

A German primary school class has become a YouTube sensation in covering the iconic song “Die Roboter”  or “The Robots” by legendary electronic band Kraftwerk. Suited and (re)booted in homemade cardboard robot outfits, 16 children from Lemmchen Grundschule in Mainz-Mombach performed Kraftwerk’s 1978 song under the direction of their teacher, Lars Reimers. Taken from Kraftwerk’s “The Man-Machine” …

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Applaus, Applaus

“Applaus Applaus” or “Applause Applause” is a song by German indie rock band Sportfreunde Stiller. Hailing from Germering, near Munich in Bavaria, the band was founded in 1996 by singer/guitarist Peter “Balboa” Brugger, drummer Florian “Rakete” Weber and bassist Rüdiger “Rüde” Linhof. The band’s name is derived from their former soccer …

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Totale Mondfinsternis Total Eclipse
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Totale Mondfinsternis – Total Lunar Eclipse

‘Supermond’ Totale Mondfinsternis Thrills Skywatchers Around the World. Sky-watchers from the Americas to western Europe have enjoyed a rare astronomical event in which the moon appeared to redden in the night sky – a ‘blood moon’ or “Blutmond”. It is the result of a rare combination of an eclipse with …

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