Another great evening of German Carol Singing

Yesterday we had our last charity event of the year – our by now annual German Carol singing. Again, beautifully accompanied by Al Summers on his guitar, 23 students and friends got together to a great evening of German Christmas food and – of course – German Carol singing. We raised £131.10 for Let Them … 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

We wish you a Merry Christmas, frohe Weihnachten

Last night, despite horrendous weather, 24 students and friends joined me for an evening of German Christmas Carol singing. No, that’s not quite true, at some stage there were 27, as we were joined via Skype by my mother, brother and nephew from Schüttorf in Germany: The event happened for several reasons: – our joined … 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

German Advent Café

This is an invitation for the students and friends of Angelika’s German Tuition & Translation to join our German Advent Café on Wednesday, 19th December, 7 – 9 pm at Southwick Village Hall, where will will sing German Christmas Carols. The event is free but if you enjoyed the evening, please consider making  a donation towards the … Read more

O du fröhliche

  German Advent Calendar Day 24 O du fröhliche ‘O du fröhliche’ is a German Christmas Carol from the 19th century. It is the final hymn in all protestant churches on Christmas Eve, usually sung while all the bells are ringing. O du fröhliche, o du selige,gnadenbringende Weihnachtszeit!Welt ging verloren, Christ ist geboren:Freue, freue dich, … Read more

Morgen kommt der Weihnachtsmann

  German Advent Calendar Day 23 Morgen kommt der Weihnachtsmann Morgen kommt der Weihnachtsmann’ (Tomorrow Father Christmas comes) is a German Christmas Carol written originally by Hoffmann von Fallersleben around 1840. Later two of the verses were changed as the original ones mentioned war toys. This is a newer version: Morgen kommt der Weihnachtsmann, kommt … Read more

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht

German Advent Calendar Day 22 Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht ‘Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht’ is possibly the most famous Christmas Carol in the world. Written  by priest Joseph Mohr and turned into music by Franz Gruber on the 24th December 1818 because a flood had made the organ of the Nikolaus church in Oberndorf, Austria, unusable. They … Read more

Es ist für uns eine Zeit angekommen

German Advent Calendar Day 21 Es ist für uns eine Zeit angekommen Originally a Swiss song from the 19th century, this version is a new German text from 1939 which finally became more popular than the original. Es ist für uns eine Zeit angekommen, die bringt uns eine große Freud. Es ist für uns eine … Read more

Eine Muh, eine Mäh

German Advent Calendar Day 20 Eine Muh, eine Mäh This is a little fun song about the noises the presents used to make. Have fun singing it! Wenn der Weihnachtsbaum uns lacht Wenn die Glocke bim-bam macht Kommt auf leisen Sohlen Ruprecht an verstohlen Zieht mit vollen Säcken ein Bringt uns Bäcker-Leckerein Und packt unter … Read more

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