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.

  • Kunstprojekt: Message from Manchester (deutsch)

    Freitag, 8. September 2017 - keine Kommentare

    Gastbeitrag von Wolfgang Schnurr

     

    Bereits zum 8. Mal finden in Chemnitz am 23. – 25. September 
    2017 die ‚Tage der Industriekultur’ statt. Veranstaltungsort ist 
    das Fabrikgelände der Schönherr Fabriken. Als Brückenschlag 
    zwischen Chemnitz und der britischen Partnerstadt 
    Manchester werden in diesem Jahr vier Künstler aus dem 
    Norden Englands unter dem Titel ‚Message from Manchester’ 
    Kunstwerke im zentralen Kunstgebäude des Geländes - 
    dem K 40 -  ausstellen
    .

  • Art Project: Message from Manchester (english)

    Freitag, 8. September 2017 - keine Kommentare

    a guest post by Wolfgang Schnurr

    translated into English by Sabrina Wagner

     

    From 22nd to 24thSeptember 2017, the Industrial Heritage Days are taking place in Chemnitz for the 8th time already. The factory site “schönherr.fabrik” will serve as a venue. As a symbol of building bridges between Chemnitz and its British twin city Manchester, four artists from the North-West will be exhibiting their work in the central art building “K40” under the title “Message from Manchester”.

  • How to make Hamburg's Famous Red Berry Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

    Mittwoch, 30. August 2017 - keine Kommentare

    by Prudence Clarke

     

    In the North of Germany food reflects the region's proximity to the sea. Hamburg, in particular, is known for its seafood inspired cuisine. Lying where the Elbe and Alster Rivers meet, Hamburg is Germany's second largest city state. Although the city is 120km inland it is home to Germany's largest port which is also Europe's second largest harbour. Germans refer to the port as their country's 'gateway to the world'.

  • Five of the best German Beaches

    Donnerstag, 17. August 2017 - keine Kommentare

    by Prudence Clarke

     

    When you think of Germany you probably don't picture white sands and palm trees. If you're in search of a European beach holiday you might be more inclined to go to Spain, Italy or France but Germany is the hidden gem for seaside vacations.

  • Great German Holiday Destinations – Thuringia

    Mittwoch, 9. August 2017 - keine Kommentare

    by Prudence Clarke

     

    Thuringia is in the heartland of Germany. With the Harz mountains at the states northerly point and green, dense forests across the middle of the region, Thuringia offers visitors some of Germany's most diverse geography

  • Great German Holiday Destinations – Berlin

    Freitag, 28. Juli 2017 - keine Kommentare

    by Prudence Clarke

     

    Since the Wall came down in 1990 Berlin has become a major tourist destination. Returning the city to its position as Germany's capital, the reunification metamorphosised Berlin into the country's vibrant, creative heart.

  • Why German Wine?

    Mittwoch, 26. Juli 2017 - keine Kommentare

    by Prudence Clarke

     

    Germany is the eighth largest producer of wine in the world. If you have ever lazily sailed along the Rhine River in Western Germany you will have noted the vineyards which pepper the banks. Germany is wine country although its wine production is sometimes overlooked internationally.

  • 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.

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