From preserving nearly extinct languages to learning the lingua france, words are the basis.
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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)
Does seeing your "doppelganger" on the way to "kindergarten" fill you with "angst"? Don't worry, the solution to your "Weltschmerz" is simple: Learn more German, and you will become a "wunderkind" of the "zeitgeist."
A famous newcomer has joined the ranks of the separatists in eastern Ukraine. One of Russia's best-known writers, Zakhar Prilepin, is fighting for Ukrainian separatists with words.
You might know more German than you think. These German terms have been borrowed by English-speakers - and some of them have been slightly adapted. Not surprisingly, they tend to be academic or philosophical expressions.
Berlin in the 1970's: spies lurk on both sides on the wall. 'The Same Sky' paints a portrait of the divided city in the middle of the cold war. A place where secrets, lies and paranoia are the order of the day.
Alexander von Humboldt climbed the Chimborazo volcano in 1802 and shaped our understanding of nature as a living whole. Andrea Wulf’s prizewinning book presents the legendary environmental pioneer.
Max Emanuel Cencic is one of the world's finest countertenors. His voice has a range of three octaves and it can wake the dead - at least on stage. We chat with him about stage fright and the erotic side of Handel arias.
With his camera, Wolgang Tillmans explores the big questions in life. The Tate Modern in London is honoring the German artist with an extensive exhibition.
A Dutch comedy show produced a video spoofing Trump, inviting him to put "the Netherlands second" - and it went viral. Now comedians throughout Europe are replying with their own fake ad.
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