• Picture of an old man that looks like a professor
    Prof. Dr. Wortgewandt Many German learners struggle with the grammatical genders. Why on earth is a sausage feminine and why a girl neuter, they wonder. The personal pronouns add to the confusion. Why would an “er” turn into an “ihn” or “ihm”? Even an “es” turns into an “ihm” sometimes
  • The German language is filled with little humorous, linguistic gems—especially when directly translated to English. We would love to share some of these with you whilst unraveling the history and meaning of a few phrases. Ich lach mich kaputt  Ugly laugh, awkward laugh, drunken laugh, evil laugh. We’ve had some
  • Two German passports on wooden table
    Dual Citizenship is a frequently discussed topic in German politics, especially when elections draw near. Conservative and right-wing players in particular like to invoke debates on the matter in order to score with their constituents. In 2016, the continuing discussion on dual citizenship came back onto the table: First, in
  • Getting married in Germany: A Primer
    If you are thinking about getting married in Germany, or if you are considering a civil partnership there, prepare yourself for some formalities that may be different from your home country. Which public Authority is relevant for you Marriage? In Germany, all marriages are handled by the local registry office
  • A short History of German Space Travel
    To be honest, when I first had the idea of writing about German space travel, I didn’t think that there would be a lot to write about. I actually just thought that the title “A short History of German Space Travel” sounded good. After looking into the matter, I was
  • How to use Public Transport in Germany without Schwarzfahren
    Getting around in a city you don’t know can’t be much easier than by just using public transport. Every major town and almost all the smaller ones have such a way of traveling without the need of an own car – is it by U-Bahn, S-Bahn, Stadtbahn, Tram or Bus.
  • The Bonn Women's Museum
    Marianne Pitzen is a self-effacing artist who found a need and filled it. Pitzen was born in Stuttgart on 29 May 1948 and held her first official art gallery exhibit no more than 21 years after her birth.  Obviously, Pitzen wastes no time getting done what needs to be done. 
  • Types of Companies in Germany
    OHG! This Guy listed different Types of Companies in Germany, you won’t believe what happened next… When moving to Germany in order to work here, it might be helpful to know a little about the types of companies you might encounter. That’s why we thought we’d provide you with a
  • Getting Married in Germany - Wedding Traditions
    Getting married in Germany involves going to the magistrate’s office (Standesamt) because only marriages performed in the Standesamt are legally valid. Many people stop at just this: however, there are some traditions, especially if you are of the Christian faith, related to weddings. If a religious ceremony is being held,
  • Bakeries in Germany - Backwaren
    Täglich Brot – German bakeries When you ask German expats what they are missing most since they have left their country, they will sooner or later mention bread. Germans tend to have a special relationship not only to bread but bakery produce in general. When visiting Germany, you will soon
  • The Pinakothek Museum in Munich
    Munich has a wealth of superb museums, of which three stand out as particularly spectacular jewels in an inspiring cultural crown.  The three are inextricably linked by their roots, mingled as they are with one another, with the Wittelsbach family collection, and, especially, with King Ludwig I of Bavaria (25
  • Why are British Jews applying for German Citizenship?
    Almost Unthinkable – Jewish UK-Citizens apply for German Passports Somewhat 72 years after the end of World War II, hundreds of Jewish British citizens are applying for a German passport and have a realistic chance of getting one. As that would absolutely be unthinkable in many Jewish communities around the
  • The Life of Helmut Schmidt - An Obituary
    Helmut Schmidt, Chancellor of West Germany between May, 1974, and October, 1982, died 10 November 2015.  Yesterday would have been his 99th birthday.  Schmidt also served as West Germany’s Minister for Finance, Minister for Economics, and Minister for Defense.  He worked for and with such illustrious German public figures as
  • The Fabergé Museum in Baden-Baden
    While this superb boutiquey museum was established in Baden-Baden eight years ago (2009) to honor the renowned Russian jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé, it houses much, much more than examples of and information about Fabergé’s spectacular creations between 1885 and 1917 for Tsar Alexander III (1845-1894) and Tsar Nicholas II (1868-1917). 
  • German in Advertisement and Marketing
    English is the language of advertisement and marketing and it is also often used by German companies to address international customers (or at least to pretend to do so). In the early past, German companies advertised their products with German phrases. The reasons were simple: It was the language of
  • Gutenberg and the Invention of the Printing Press
    The market of printed books might still be strong and the rise of e-books might be slower than many expected. But printed papers and magazines already feel the heavy burden of the digital age increasing the more electronic mobile devices spread around the globe. As we still are in the
  • The Weserburg Museum of Modern Art in Bremen
    Referring to itself as “the museum in the river,” the Weserburg is being unnecessarily and endearingly modest as well as delightfully symbolic.  This superb museum contains one of Germany’s—and the world’s—most significant assemblages of modern art and, as such, is certainly the jewel in the crown as far as the
  • How to find a Flat in Hamburg - Nothing is impossible!
    Hamburg is not only one of the most beautiful cities in Germany but also one of the most expensive. Thus the prices for flats and houses are lower than, for example, in Munich or Stuttgart, and although it is in the middle also cheaper than in some smaller cities where
  • Traditions around the birth of a child in Germany
    Now I will note that I am an American, and as such, found some differing customs between the US and Germany when a child is born. For example, baby showers are NOT held in Germany, out of a belief it is unlucky to celebrate the birth of a child before
  • learnclick is a platform to create German learning exercises which we have implemented in our German online course
    Learn to use German in context with quizzes The key to learning a language is context. Learning in context gives meaning to the vocabulary and grammar one learns. If you just learn vocabulary by using lists, you are likely to use the words wrongly. Grammar often only starts making sense,
  • The Bauhaus Museum in Weimar
    Walter Gropius (18 May 1883—05 July 1969) was a renowned German-American architect and academic authority who founded the Bauhaus in Weimar in 1919.  The Bauhaus was an advanced academic institution focusing on applied arts, architecture, and design which conflated the teachings of the Weimar Academy of Arts and the Weimar
  • Germans obliged to take integration test - Re-education upon failure
    Germans will be obliged to take integration test – Re-education upon failure   Today, the German office for migration and refugees (BAMF) published a report which admitted a partial failure of their current approach of teaching migrants and refugees the German language and culture via so-called Integration Courses (Integrationskurs). Yet
  • Vegan and Vegetarian Cuisine in Germany
    Weißwurst, Bratwurst, Schweinebraten: Germany’s cuisine is known as good and robust – and also as very meat-based. When it comes to traditional dishes, it is not always easy to find something suitable for vegetarians or even vegans. But besides the lack of meatless meals, there is a growing number of
  • Birthday in Germany - Tradition upon Tradition
    In many countries, birthdays are an occasion to celebrate that the person involved has survived another year. Germany is no different in this respect, but the traditions there are a bit different than what people in the UK or in the United States might be familiar with! First: never wish
  • Grades of Separation – Church and State in Germany
    The Situation of Church and State in Germany In times of religiously legitimized fundamental terrorism, religion is obviously still playing a big role in the ways of the world. Though it’s easy to think the world would be quite secularized, the great religions are in fact gaining in numbers. And
  • Rules of and facts about drinking Beer in Germany
    Of course, Germany is well known for its favorite beverage beer. Drinking it is common and important, but thus it can also lead to some unpleasant moments when you don’t know how to handle the thousands of years of drinking culture. Let’s face the most important rules. Drinking in Public
  • How to prepare for Studienkolleg in Germany
    So your qualifications are not considered enough for studying at a university in Germany? Time to check out the Studienkolleg – a preparatory course especially meant for international students to be able to study in Germany. There are two main types of Studienkolleg; basically, ones attached to a university, and
  • Tag der Deutschen Einheit - Day of German Unity
    Historically, the lands we know today as the nation of Germany were in reality governed by an loose conglomeration of princes and nobles, each with their own lands (even in the days of the Holy Roman Empire). With the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in the early 19th century,
  • Fake-News in Germany and their Impact in public
    After closely following the course of the US-Election, a couple of new terms entered my vocabulary – terms such as “Filter-Bubble” or “Fake-News”. And as Americans are always a little faster than most Germans in all things social media, I was not surprised when Fake-News and Filter Bubbles made the,
  • The Sanssouci Picture Gallery of Potsdam
    The Location of the Palace of Sanssouci Frederick II of Prussia (Frederick the Great) (24 January 1712―17 August 1786), a strong supporter of benevolent despotism, built his magnificent rococo palace in a 290-hectare park in Potsdam, just southwest of Berlin, between 1745-1747 as a respite from the official court in
  • The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest
      It is a wet morning in September of either 7 or 9 AD, and the might of Rome is on the move. In response to a series of reports of unrest by their ally Arminius, chieftain of the Cherusci and trained veteran of Roman campaigns, Governer Publius Quinctilius Varus
  • Germania - Germany during the Roman Empire
    The Relationship between Rome and Germania When we typically think of relations between Rome and the Germanic peoples across the Rhine, it tends to be colored by warfare, conquests, and the eventual fall of the western empire around the fifth century. Popular media and popular thought tends to depict those
  • Voting in Germany - Elections - Wahlen
    Elections seem to be really trendy at the moment. 2016 had a rather big one and 2017 will see important elections in the Netherlands, France, and Germany. So, we thought we’d take a look the German electoral system. In the light of recent events, it’s particularly interesting to compare it
  • Angela Merkel - Germany's first scientist?
    She was the Time magazine’s person of the year 2015, and people refer to her as the mightiest woman in the world: Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel. If she wins the election in 2017 for the fourth period, she will be head of government as long as her longtime mentor Helmut
  • The Chocolate Museum of Cologne
    A museum for the “Naschkatze”!  Wherever one may live on any of the five continents, it’s impossible to think of chocolate without thinking of Germany, for German chocolate sets the benchmark (“der Höhenfestpunkt”) for two very close, competent rivals, Swiss chocolate and Belgian chocolate.  The difference is that German chocolate
  • Der Biergarten - A Garden full of Beer
    Beer garden Eden The days are getting longer, the temperature is rising and suddenly it is summer. One of the best things you can do in Germany during the warm season is to visit a beer garden, especially when you are somewhere in the south of the country. Especially in