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)
Beyond the well-documented vocabulary of the Nazis' racist ideology, author Matthias Heine explores in his book other terms that also emerged during that era. Germany's popular "one-pot meal" is surprisingly among them.
You can't get rich quick, but Germans get creative when it comes to money. Here are different German words for cash.
For International Mother Language Day, a linguistics expert tells DW why language diversity is crucial to tolerance — and why it's just natural that Germans are using more and more English words.
The film "The Keeper" tells the story of Bert Trautmann, a German prisoner of war who became a football legend in England. He literally broke his neck to secure Manchester City's FA Cup Final victory in 1956.
Former GDR author Christa Wolf remains one of Germany's most famous authors. Her death in 2011 prompted condolences from around the world. Her birthday on March 18 is a day to recall her legacy.
Currently touring New Zealand, the Russian feminist punk group had a performance planned in Christchurch on Friday. The band is also banned from entering Brazil, which was the next stop on their international tour.
In 2022, the international art show held every five years in Kassel will be curated by a collective of artists from Indonesia. The German press is already questioning whether the group is up to the monumental task.
What started as an online student directory aimed at ranking women by their looks quickly grew into the world's most popular social media platform. But as DW's Courtney Tenz argues, we might be happier Facebook free.
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