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)
If only our eyes had teeth.This German word puts a whole new spin on how you see - or taste - things.
You can't get rich quick, but Germans get creative when it comes to money. Here are 10 German words for cash.
Teens have always been extremely creative with words. Those who would like to understand cryptic teenage language can find a few popular new expressions in the competition for the German Youth Word of the Year.
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.
"Here's looking at you, kid!" Swedish-born actress Ingrid Bergman became a world star with Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca." The 100th anniversary of her birth is being celebrated in Europe and the US.
During his life, the author never avoided controversy. Once more, he boldly dealt with difficult topics in his final book: Aging and mortality. Four months after his death, it is now available in bookstores in German.
Beginning with Kraftwerk in the 70s, Germany was at the forefront of electronic dance music. In the following decades, German techno, eurodance and dance acts brought millions to the dancefloor in clubs around the world.
A Syrian refugee is among the three winners of Germany's Goethe Medal for intercultural understanding: philosopher Sadik Al-Azm. Museum director Neil MacGregor and theater director Eva Sopher were also honored.
Pianist Lang Lang and footballer Ricardo Kaká have both turned their Twitter accounts over to aid workers for a day. The campaign aims to share on-the-ground experiences to mark World Humanitarian Day on August 19.
Are Germans uptight? In this DW interview, Ann-Marlene Henning, Danish sexologist, TV host and author of "Make Love," reveals her insight on Germans' sex lives - and what women in particular can do to improve theirs.