Germany Local Custom Tips by Arial_27
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My German bilingual book
I admitt, I couldn't speak a word of German until I was 17 years old! When my German exchange partner assumed I'd never be able to learn his language, I bought this book and taught myself. It really worked. I am almost fluent in German now.
1. Ich komme aus___(EESH KOMMA OWS)= I come from____.
2. Wo ist die Banke? (VOE EEST DEE BANK-EH) = Where is the bank?
3. Sprechen Sie Englisch? (SHPRESHEN-SEE ENGLISH) = Do you speak English?
4. Wann kommt der Zug ab? (VAHN KOMT DARE TZUG AB) = When will the train come?
5. Wieviel? (VEE FEEL) = How much/How many?
6. Ich mochte drei Postkarten, bitte (EESH MEUSH-TEH DRY POST-KARTEN, BEETUH) = I would like three postcards, please.
7. Ich mochte nach____gehen (EESH MEUSH-TE NAC... GAY-EN)= I would like to go to____.
8. Entschuldigung (EN-SHOOL-DEE-GOOONG)= Excuse me.
9. Wo ist eine Toilette? (VOE EEST EYE-NUH TOLL-ETTUH) = Where is there a washroom?
10. Bitte (BEE-TUH) = Thank you, you're welcome.
12. Wie geht es dir? (VEE GAYT ES DEER) = How are you?
This book will not bring you to fluency, but it will teach you all the basics of German and give you a basic conversational level. You really only need to do it for 10 minutes a day. The books are by Kristine K. Kershnul and they only cost about $17.99 CAN. They are available in Spanish, French, Norweigen, Italian, Greek, Chinese, Japanese, Portugese, Hebrew and more. Look for them at Chapters, and if you want to order one here is the number.
PS. Sorry I didnt mean for this too look like an advertisement
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The Germans are VERY passionate about their football league. I went to a game for the Suttgart team in Stuttgart and it was unbelievable. I think I was the only person without a painted face, and not wearing red. The security to get into the games is also VERY high. You'd better come early because there's a long lineup and they check your bags, your pockets, and medal-detect you.
Also, another thing is that they cheer in unison... its hard to explain. In Canada, at a hockey game, there isn't a planned out cheer, people just sort of do their own thing (screaming, whistles, horns, etc.) But here, the cheers were planned and layed out.. everyone in the audience was doing the exact same thing. It was pretty funny, and just as entertaining as the game itself.
I coudn't get enough of this potato saladwhile I was in Germany! It was definately my favourite thing to eat, I even brought the recipe home and tried to make it for my family... didn't quite turn out the firtst few times, but it needed practice.. the potato salad in Germany is more moist, a little saltier than other ones but its sooo good.
Anyway, this patato salad is common for the southern area of Germany, and usually served at lunch or dinner. Here's the basic recipe, you can expect to see in there or make it yourself!
1 kg potatos
1 EL vineger
3 EL oil (but NOT olive oil)
Salt, and pepper (however much you want)
You need to cut the potatos up in peices and then try to beat them with whatever utensil you can find in the kitchen, until they're more mushed (like mashed potatoes) but a little more clumpier than that.
Then you add the ingredients I just gave you, but do it slowly, as you stir them. then you must leave the salad to sit and cool for a while (its served at room temperature, not hot.) The onion on top is optional.
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