27 January 1756 – Birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Today’s blog post is not about a famous German composer, but he was a German speaking composer. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (full name Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart) was born on 27 January 1756 in Salzburg, Austria.  His birthplace (Geburtshaus) is now a museum. If you’d like to find out more about it, the museum has a … Read more

Practise your German with “Sissi”

Angelika's German Tuition and Translation - sissi

On 24 December 1837 a little girl was born who was nicknamed Sisi and who later became Elisabeth of Austria. She was Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, and many other titles by marriage to Emperor Franz Joseph I. You can read up more about her on Wikipedia (or here in German) but most Germans know … Read more

4 December 1875 – birthday of Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke (full name René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke) was born on the 4th December 1875 in Prague, Bohemia, at the time part of the Austrian Empire. He was a  poet and novelist who wrote in German and also French and whose literature has been translated into several languages. He died on … Read more

German dialects – a game

EDIT 2020: Sadly, the game has gone from their site and it looks like it won’t return, sorry. During the last nine months I wrote blog posts about 9 different German dialects. I hope you enjoyed them, because now it’s your turn. I found this wonderful German, Austrian and Swiss dialect card on Expedia.de which I was … Read more

Three white pigeons – a German listening exercise

I took a picture of this pretty white pigeon the other day and it reminded me of a German lesson I held a few years ago. It was  a listening exercise with a song about three white pigeons. On my way home I wondered whether the band who sung this song were still around. So … Read more

Alforna – a Tyrolean Thrash Metal Band

Edit: sadly, the band ALFORNA has split up, and one of the songs that I originally posted, has been removed from Youtube.  The other song is still there, so I leave this post. Many students complain that when they visit a foreign country, they can’t understand a word, even if they have learned the language.That’s normal, … Read more

25 November 1787 – birthday of Franz Gruber

Franz Xaver Gruber was born on the 25th November 1787 and died on the 7th June 1863. Who is he? Was he a famous German composer? No and no, he was Austrian and a school teacher. But I’ve heard his name before. He is somebody famous, isn’t he? Yes, he is. He is the person who wrote the … Read more

How to attend a German church service without leaving home

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to attend a German church service? I found a website where you can do just that, without having to leave your house. The service is not from the church in the picture, that is the St. Steven’s Cathedral in Passau, but from a small church in … Read more

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