How to improve your German while getting ready for Christmas

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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

24 Reasons for Learning German – a Good Teacher

Advent Calendar Day 24 I hope you have enjoyed our 24 reasons for learning German. I’m giving the last words to some of the girls at the German Saturday School who wrote their text in German and didn’t want to be named – once you’ve read the last two, you’ll know why 😉 I’ve copied … 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

Lobt Gott, ihr Christen

German Advent Calendar Day 19 Lobt Gott, ihr Christen ‘Lobt Gott, ihr Christen’ was written by Nikolaus Hermann in 1554 Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich, In seinem höchsten Thron, Der heut schließt auf sein Himmelreich Und schenkt uns seinen Sohn. Und schenkt uns seinen Sohn. Er kommt aus seines Vaters Schoß Und wird ein Kindlein … Read more

Morgen, Kinder, wird’s was geben

  German Advent Calendar Day 18 Morgen, Kinder, wird’s was geben ‘Morgen, Kinder, wird’s was geben’ is a popular Christmas Carol but it is not a  church hymn. It was written by Karl Friedrich Splittegarb in 1795 and the text is about the excitement of the children as they are waiting for their presents. Morgen, … Read more

Gloria in excelsis Deo

German Advent Calendar Day 17 Hört der Engel helle Lieder ‘Hört der Engel helle Lieder’ is also known as ‘Gloria in excelsis Deo’. The 18th French tune has been given a German text in 1954 by composer Otto Abel. Hört der Engel helle Lieder klingen das weite Feld entlang, und die Berge hallen wieder von … Read more

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