Tag Archives: German

Frisian: A European Language of the Future?

We recently looked at the various forms of German, from standard German all the way over to Swiss. Now, we’d like to take a further look at Frisian; a language often accused of being merely a dialect of German instead of a language in its own right, and one that is one of the closest(…)


Clock Stoppers: Language and the Perception of Time

Since not all of us are lucky enough to have access to a TARDIS or Bill and Ted’s telephone booth (…what is it about time travel and booths?), the rest of us mere mortals will simply have to use another method to traverse the passage of time. And for that, we can turn to languages.(…)


Christmas Carols in Foreign Languages

In the bleak midwinter… What’s bleak about the middle of winter when you have a carol in your heart and a mulled wine in your hand?! Come, all ye faithful, let’s take a look at some Christmas carols from around the world! Silent night ‘Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht’, Vienna Boys Choir/Die Wiener Sängerknaben 1967/Youtube Silent(…)


Same Sounds + Same Meanings + Different Languages = Connection?

Ah, the cognate. The language learner’s friend, the link between learning and limbo. There is something very reassuring about coming across a familiar word that doesn’t already taste foreign on your tongue: one less word to learn, leaving more capacity for taking on that tongue-twister you’re having trouble pronouncing in your head, let alone out(…)


Most Popular Books in English That Have Been Translated

The bible is said to be the most translated book in the world. Translated from the alleged original languages of Hebrew, Aramaic and Koiné Greek, there are thought to be at least 530 full translations of the bible, and over 2800 partial ones from revered passages. So if you are stuck for something to read(…)


Why Are Some Accents Sexier than Others?

For some people, all it takes is hearing a snippet of sultry French spoken to make them weak at the knees. Others love a crisp British accent or a lovely Irish lilt. Meanwhile the exotic exuberance of Brazilian Portuguese does it for other people. It’s a funny thing how accents can turn us on (and(…)


Germans, The German Language and a Healthy Dose of Hypochondria

Ever hear about medical students’ disease? It’s when medical students develop hypochondria during medical school, convinced that they have contracted each new disease they learn about. It seems to stem from a phenomenon that once we have a name for something, we are more prone to suffer from (or simply feel) it. That might then(…)


Study Abroad: A Guide To Getting Your German Study Visa

Congratulations! You’ve decided to give in to your wanderlust and journey to another country for a life changing study abroad experience. After looking into all the options, you’ve settled for the land of Oktoberfest, wurst, autobahns and the Bundesliga. Before you head off to Germany and its amazing universities, it’s time to deal with the(…)