November Church Holidays in Germany

November always seems a sad month in Germany. One reason is the weather. Although November days can be absolutely beautiful, especially when the sun is shining and you can see the trees with all their colourful leaves. But often it’s just wet or damp or foggy. Then there are several church/ public holidays, seven, in … Read more

Weihnachten in Deutschland – a reading comprehension for Advent

Angelika's German Tuition and Translation - advent

Learn some German Christmas vocabulary and practise your German reading skills with this text. Then try the quiz to see how much you understood. Weihnachten in Deutschland Am 1. Dezember beginnt die Adventszeit. Die Kinder bekommen einen Adventskalender und öffnen vom 1. bis zum 24. Dezember jeden Tag ein Türchen. Vielleicht sehen sie ein schönes … Read more

How to improve your German while getting ready for Christmas

Angelika's German Tuition and Translation - christmas

Does your German learning take a back burner during Advent because you’re too busy with other things? Why not learn some German while doing all those tasks? You want to make an Advent calendar? Check out these German sites for ideas: Adventskalender selber machen – mehr als 60 Anleitungen  Adventskalender basteln Adventskalender You want to … Read more

Five German Christmas Poems

Today is Heiligabend, Christmas Eve, the day when the Germans open their Christmas presents. Traditionally, before the Bescherung, the giving of the presents, children would sing or play a song or recite a poem. And I’m pleased to hear that in many families that tradition continues. So I here are  five of the most popular … Read more

10 Martin Luther quotes in German and English

This month Germany is celebrating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s reformation. Reformation Day is on the 31st October, the day, when in 1517 Luther nailed 95 theses onto the door of the castle church in Wittenberg. If you want to read them, they can be found here in German and here in English, but in … Read more

Celebrating Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in Germany

Edit: dates for 2024 – Muttertag 11/05, Vatertag 09/05. Muttertag Since moving to the UK there have been a few occasions where I bought a Mother’s Day card for my mum, but then didn’t send it because I couldn’t find it. Why? In the UK Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday, as it’s officially known, is … Read more

The Christmas Story in German

  Today’s blog post is the Christmas story, read by me from the Luther Bible, Luke 2, verses 1 – 19, in German, of course! You can either just listen to me as I read the story, or you can click on the ‘subtitles/ close captions’ button and read the text as well. If you want … Read more

Practise your German with online Advent Calendars

Here we are again, it’s the first of December – time for an Advent Calendar! Did you buy one for yourself? With chocolate? I have ☺ But how about an Advent calendar for learning German? I found a few which are designed for German learners: Der literarische Adventskalender Hueber Adventskalender here you can even win useful prizes, as … Read more

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