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From preserving nearly extinct languages to learning the lingua france, words are the basis for communication.
From "döner murders" to "moors' heads," German is full of discriminatory terms. Each year, a jury of prominent linguists announces the "Faux Pas Word of the Year" - but there is no shortage to choose from. (15.01.2013)
A German publisher has plans to rerelease a classic children's book - without the racist words found in the original. Experts are split on whether the past should be cleaned up, or preserved so it can be discussed. (11.01.2013)
For those learning German, choosing between the informal "du" and the formal "Sie" to address someone can be tricky. But even for native German speakers, it's getting harder to decide - after all, language changes. (05.01.2013)
For years, Latin has barely had a pulse as a subject of serious study. Now, a student-led renaissance is underway in Germany, with many schools playing catch-up. The trend, however, has not spread to other countries. (18.09.2012)
The European Union can seem impenetrable to outsiders. But in the past few years, the EU has taken a number of active steps to improve transparency. They’ve started by tackling the issue of jargon-heavy language. (18.09.2012)
Young refugees are learning German with the classics. Performing modified and modernized versions of works by Goethe gives them the courage and confidence they need to participate in a new, foreign society. (03.09.2012)
German is often considered a difficult language with very confusing rules of grammar. But the European debt crisis seems to help German to some sort of a renaissance. Language courses are in high demand. (19.08.2012)
With its 17,000 islands, 800 languages and dialects and 300 ethnic groups, Indonesia is a country of superlatives. And for the first time Guest of Honor this year at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
He's been called the conscience of a country. Now German philosopher Jürgen Habermas is set to collect the prestigious Kluge Prize in Washington DC, won jointly with Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor.
You'd better hope you don't see racing elephants up ahead! But if you do, learn this German word.
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Steven Spielberg's Cold War spy thriller "Bridge of Spies" has opened in New York to rave reviews. Starring Tom Hanks, the film tells of the near-nuclear fallout after the downing of a US spy plane over the Soviet Union.
Most famous for penning the adventures of Inspector Wallander, Henning Mankell had a passion for Africa, social justice and children's literature. He died on October 5, aged 67.
As the Beethovenfest concludes a successful month-long marathon of top-notch concerts - director Nike Wagner's debut -, it also looks ahead to the Beethoven Year 2020.
Stunning geometric and full of hidden details, Andreas Gursky's photographic artworks also comment on the impact of capitalism and globalization. He's sold the priciest photo of all time, and is now giving a solo show.
Joachim Müllner experiments with acoustics. He has sung the same song at 15 different locations, each with different acoustics. The result is "Wikisinger“. The video was created by French producer Vincent Rouffiac.
In Rome, Pope Francis has opened a synod on family and marriage. The wide-ranging discussion preceding the assembly ensures that it will become another milestone of his papacy, DW's Stefan Dege writes.