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

6 German signs for child safety

The following six signs caught my eye on my last visit to Germany. There are many more similar signs, but I thought I’d tell you about these six. This sign warns any drivers that children may be on the road. You’ll find these near schools or nursery schools where children might cross, or in areas … Read more

Smoking – or not – in Germany

Whether you are a smoker or not, it’s good to know where people can/ cannot smoke in Germany. Unlike in the UK, where there is a general smoking ban in all enclosed work places, the law is slightly different in Germany. Generally, yes, there is a smoking ban, but what exactly that is depends on … Read more

Im Kindergarten – at the nursery school

As a student many many years ago in Germany, I had to do a work experience in a nursery school – in einem Kindergarten. Whenever I’m back home I always walk past it and often wondered what it looked like now. This summer I got the chance to revisit. Unfortunately, it was during the school … Read more

How to talk about food in German

Imagine you’re eating a meal in Germany, either in a restaurant or at somebody’s house, and you’re being asked: “Schmeckt’s?” (Or possibly ‘Schmeckt es dir/ Ihnen?’) because the host/ waiter wants to know if the meal tastes alright. What do you answer? A quick and easy answer could be “Ja, gut.” Or you could say … Read more

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