Buchstabensalat mit Tiefeneffekt
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)
Germans have creative ways to talk about the body. Here are some of our favorite German words for body parts - but we wouldn't recommend using all of them at the doctor's.
Speaking more than one language has many more benefits than just being able to communicate with people the world over. Here is why teaching children to speak more than one language is a brilliant idea.
This analysis of the German pop scene's success abroad is unprecedented in scope.
Each week our Arts.21 reporters scour Germany's cultural scene and present you with a selection of their best finds.
Crystal meth smuggling and a police killing were heavy topics for a student film. However, they could win young German filmmaker Felix Ahrens a Student Oscar in Hollywood. He's one of three German winners.
The first Mickey Mouse comic in German appeared 65 years ago. Initially labeled pulp fiction, the mouse squeaked his way into the hearts of Germans; today, the comics are one of the most beloved children's magazines.
Musicians in their war-torn homelands, the members of the Arab Youth Philharmonic Orchestra have come to Berlin for the Young Europe Classic festival, reveling in the opportunity to have a break from the horrors of war.
Many open-air museums in Germany reconstruct daily life as it was in olden days. But in Kommern, it is not just about the maintenance of centuries old monuments but about highlighting more recent architecture as well.
As thousands of YouTubers meet in Cologne for Videodays, we found out how to become one. Berlin's YouTube Space director Mounira Latrache explains how she launches stars - and stops online bullying.
Books and theater are out, digital fun is in, according to a recent survey on Germans' favorite pastimes. Meeting with friends and having sex are also less common - but Germans love the internet.
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