Welcome to our weekly blog!

 

Most posts will be written by Prudence Clarke, who is a freelance writer and will be sharing in-depth information on German culture, local events and education.

Please feel free to comment your own experiences and opinions on each post and let us know, which topics you would love to read about in future posts.

  • 10 of the Best German Foods

    Montag, 17. Juli 2017 - keine Kommentare

    by Prudence Clarke

     

    When learning a second language immersing yourself in the culture can really help. The best way to do this is to visit the country, absorb the atmosphere and practice your language skills on the locals.

  • Der Hund - The Top 5 German Dog Breeds

    Dienstag, 4. Juli 2017 - keine Kommentare

    by Prudence Clarke

     

    German people love their dogs. They take them everywhere including to work on 'Take Your Dog to Work day'. The pampered pooches can travel on trains, buses, and trams. In Germany many restaurants not only allow dogs, they offer special canine menus where they can have their own meal and beer. German dog culture is a little more accommodating than it is in the UK.

  • A Toast to German Cheese

    Donnerstag, 22. Juni 2017 - keine Kommentare

    by Prudence Clarke

     

    Cheese. Loved by the English, Germans, and mice of all nationalities. The UK boasts a number of famous cheeses such as Cheddar but Germany is the King of Käse production in Europe.

     

  • Why Kids should Learn a Second Language

    Freitag, 9. Juni 2017 - keine Kommentare

    by Prudence Clarke

     

    We teach our children to count and to read from an early age. Today many parents even conduct explosive kitchen experiments with their pre schoolers as they attempt to give their kids an avantage in the education stakes. Should kids learn a second language as part of their education? The answer is yes and there are a range of persuasive reasons why.

     

  • Black Forest Gateaux Recipe – Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte

    Mittwoch, 31. Mai 2017 - keine Kommentare - in Cuisine

    by Prudence Clarke

     

    Baden-Württemberg is the federal state which is home to the beautiful Black Forest, Schwarzwald. It is also the name given to one of Germany's most calorific cakes – the Black Forest gateaux.

  • Mein Manchester

    Donnerstag, 25. Mai 2017 - keine Kommentare

    by Antje Timmermann and Prudence Clarke

     

    Manchester is our hometown - most of the the Deutsch Centre staff have chosen to live here, our blogger Prue was even born here. It is a city of diversity and vibrancy but the horrific bombing at the end of a pop concert earlier this week has drained the city of its colour. Manchester is a city in mourning for those who lost their lives and a city trying to heal whilst still under the threat of attack.

    This week we break with the tradition of this blog and write not about German culture but instead of the spirit of the great city of Manchester.

     

  • Music to Mein Ears

    Donnerstag, 18. Mai 2017 - keine Kommentare

    by Prudence Clarke

     

    There exists a stereotype about the German people which suggests that they are a stoically unromantic race. That the collective desire for perfection and precision overrides any sentimental inklings or tendencies they may be harbouring. This is, of course, a nonsense.

  • Learning German Outside

    Donnerstag, 11. Mai 2017 - keine Kommentare

    by Prudence Clarke

     

    Our German lessons with Antje from the Deutsch Centre are the highlight of the week for my children. My 7 year old enjoys being a bit of a know-it-all with his German vocabulary whereas my twelve year old understands that learning German will be a huge advantage for him as an adult. Antje realises this and her lessons are tailored to the individual needs of both children.

     

  • Marvellous May – A Month of Mayhem & Merriment in Germany

    Donnerstag, 4. Mai 2017 - keine Kommentare

    by Prudence Clarke

     

    May has arrived bringing with it blossom, birds and brightness. It may be the month with the shortest name yet it is one of the most significant months in the calendar. May may just be one of the happiest and most cheerful months of the year.

     

  • Celebrating Easter the German Way

    Donnerstag, 30. März 2017 - keine Kommentare

    by Prudence Clarke

     

    Easter is a predominantly Christian tradition celebrating the crucifixion and rebirth of Jesus. It is also the time of year when people celebrate the coming of the spring and the reawakening of life in the world. Germany has a wealth of Easter traditions many of which have been adopted by other countries over the years.

     

  • Germany's Shakespeare - Der große Barde

    Donnerstag, 23. März 2017 - 1 Kommentar

    by Prudence Clarke

     

    Along with Sunday roast dinners, Stonehenge and the Royal family, William Shakespeare is synonymous with British culture. If England was a stick of rock then Shakespeare would be the word running through its pepperminty centre. Shakespeare is England. He is its history as well as being one of its most well known historical commentators albeit one who used a heavy dose of artistic license. The great British bard is not confined to this little island, he is one of the countries biggest literary exports and Germany is his greatest fan.

     

  • Gutenberg - One of Germany's Great Innovators

    Donnerstag, 16. März 2017 - keine Kommentare

    by Prudence Clarke

     

    The internet, newspapers and even this blog are distant relatives of one very important invention- the printing press. Constructed in 1439 the Gutenberg press changed the way in which information was disseminated across the world forever.

     

  • Learning German - Food and Culture

    Donnerstag, 9. März 2017 - keine Kommentare

    by Prudence Clarke

     

    What is the old show business saying - never work with children? It has certainly been true for us as poorly children have prevented our lessons taking place for two weeks. A doctor friend of mine once told me that February and March are the months of the year when viruses are at their most prevalent. My seven year old is like a magnet attracting coughs and colds on an almost weekly basis – we look forward to the onset of spring with great enthusiasm.

  • German Sausages - From the Best to the Wurst

    Mittwoch, 8. März 2017 - 37 Kommentare

    by Prudence Clarke

     

    Germany has such a rich culinary heritage that many of its foods are known and enjoyed across the world. From the acquired taste of sauerkraut to the sublime sweetness of the Lebkuchen biscuit, there is a German delight to suit every palate. One of the best known is the not so humble German sausage which boasts over 50 varieties.

  • A German Fairy Tale

    Donnerstag, 2. März 2017 - 1 Kommentar

    by Prudence Clarke

     

    World Book Day is the highlight of the week for many children across the world. The world wide celebration of reading encourages literacy. It will see children dress up as their favourite book characters as well as take part in literature based activities at home and at school.

  • German Manchester

    Freitag, 24. Februar 2017 - keine Kommentare

    by Antje Timmermann

     

    The best way to learn a language is to speak it. In an article for Forbes magazine Katharine B. Nielson, the chief educational officer for an American language company, noted that when employees from U.S Border Agency stopped learning Spanish in a formal manner but switched to a more conversational method their understanding and fluency dramatically improved.

     

  • Learning German - Lesson Zwei

    Freitag, 17. Februar 2017 - 2 Kommentare

    by Prudence Clarke

     

    Already little phrases and words are beginning to creep into our daily conversations and we've only had two lessons!

     

    Since last week the children have worked 'telefon','supermarkt' and 'mathematik' into their speech which I think is fabulous. Nothing compares to practice and repetition for assimilating knowledge so I take this as a very good sign. They were really looking forward to lesson two as was I this week.

  • Learning German - Our first lesson

    Samstag, 11. Februar 2017 - 1 Kommentar

    by Prudence Clarke

     

    Earlier this week we had our first family German lesson. I approached it with trepidation if I am honest, my reasons were two-fold. Firstly, I was nervous that I would be unable to retain the new information being forty and more mentally set in my ways than I once was. Secondly, I didn't want to fail my children by forgetting what I had learnt with them. When the doorbell rang I was a little nervous plus it was early and I was at least two cups of coffee behind the quantity required to reach my happy place.

     

  • Why learn a second language?

    Mittwoch, 8. Februar 2017 - keine Kommentare

    by Prudence Clarke

     

    It is 2017 and one might be forgiven for wondering what the need is for learning a second language when English is becoming the global language. What benefits are there to wrapping your head around another tongue and what is the best way to learn a new language?

  • Postcard Translations

    Donnerstag, 19. Januar 2017 - keine Kommentare

    by Prudence Clarke

     

    I wrote last week about our first taste of German with the Deutsch Centre. We received a mysterious postcard from Germany which we needed to translate from German into English using just our wits and an online dictionary. Here I will share with you how we got on.

     

     

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