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Was sollte ich lesen, bitte?

Please help me find some interesting german-language blogs or online magazines or articles to read on my commute. [more inside]
posted by tinkletown on Mar 9, 2014 - 4 answers

If your baby liked "Feliz Navidad," they may also like...

My 9 month old baby likes it when I sing to him, but I am horrible at remembering song lyrics. He's a fan of "Feliz Navidad," which is cool because it has about 20 words to remember and the Spanish keeps him interested. What other happy, easy-to-remember songs should I learn the lyrics to and sing? English, Spanish, and German are all in my wheelhouse.
posted by Maarika on Oct 7, 2013 - 31 answers

Where can I buy a German-style pencil case?

This is the sort of thing I had when I was young and it was so practical. I'd love to get something similar for my elementary school kids.
posted by Dragonness on Aug 20, 2013 - 20 answers

lost ID card, international edition!

A German woman left her ID card (personalausweis) at our store in the SF Bay Area two weeks ago. We haven't heard from her. Is it a good idea for me to mail to to the German consulate in San Francisco? If not, what's the best course of action? [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 on Aug 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Not-too-easy/Not-too-hard German books

Question for German speakers: I would like some reading material to improve my German. I've studied it for a while and have passively absorbed many words, but usually in the context of vocabulary lists and such. I don't want anything really easy however. [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Jul 17, 2013 - 21 answers

Did Handel really say this?

After Georg Friedrich Händel became George Frideric Handel in 1727, I have it stuck in my mind that he once said, to a Brit who called him a German, "No, Sir, I am more English than you, because I chose to become English, whereas you were assigned your nationality willy-nilly," or words to that effect. But no amount of googling has found a reliable quote or reference to this. Has anyone else heard this story, or did my mind make it up? Anyone have a reliable source? [more inside]
posted by aqsakal on May 26, 2013 - 7 answers

List of simple word roots

I am looking for a text file of a list of words (roughly the 5000-10000 most common English words) and their root word and root word language. My Google Fu only turns up single words or pages that I can type in a word to get to another page to get the etymology. Wikipedia has some stuff, but it is sorted by language root, which is not what I am looking for. I would like to have a long list of words in a text file so that I can manipulate it programatically. Comma separated or whatever, any format would be great. Here is one use case: Yoke - [list of words that have yoke in the etymological history] (Many, many many English words come from the root work for Yoke.) All answers appreciated!
posted by Monkey0nCrack on May 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Tell us about cornbread

I am at a meetup in Boston at a German restaurant (Jacob Wirth) and we have been served cornbread as an appetizer, but none of the mefites present thinks of cornbread as a German food. Can anyone tell us if there is some Germanic cuisine connection we are missing here? Hope us, please -- a half-dozen curious mefites are baffled.
posted by ricochet biscuit on Feb 28, 2013 - 10 answers

VERY BRIEF 1940's German/English Translation Help Requested

Hello, Hive. I'm working on a historical graphic novel and a portion of it involves four sentences in German. I've made an effort to hammer something out by testing Google Translate's gibberish against some German language textbooks and grammar sites. I'm sorta confident about them, but would love for any bilingual native German speakers to give them a once over. Particularly, if you have any insights into generational differences in the German language, as this piece is supposed to take place during WWII. Posting them after the jump. [more inside]
posted by ProfLinusPauling on Feb 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Quick help with very basic german

We have this "German translation" of a template, which is obviously incomplete: Sie haben einen Termin mit Dr. [DOCTOR'S NAME] on [DATE] at [TIME]. I don't trust google translate, so I come to you, German speakers of metafilter. Can you please finish the translation? Thanks.
posted by [@I][:+:][@I] on Feb 7, 2013 - 12 answers

He's just 75 pounds of pure love . . . HOME ALONE!

I'm visiting my family for the holidays in Boston. My senior German Shepherd dog cannot come with me. How can I make sure that my house is not destroyed and neither my dog nor my roommate are traumatized by the experience? [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Dec 19, 2012 - 15 answers

Ich weiße nicht!

What is this greeting?/ Was dieser Gruß? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Dec 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Wedding congrats in German?

How can I congratulate the bride's parents in German? [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman on Nov 17, 2012 - 7 answers

German Intelligence during the second World War

If true, why did German Intelligence pale so much in comparison to the British and Russians during WWII?
posted by mousepad on Oct 13, 2012 - 24 answers

What are some popular grocery store books in Germany?

Can you suggest any German language, German originated, modern novel series for light reading? [more inside]
posted by coolxcool=rad on Sep 30, 2012 - 8 answers

How to find Hermann Hesse in English?

Hermann Hesse apparently published a book called Bäume: Betrachtungen und Gedichte (Trees: Reflections and Poems) and I'm trying to find a version in English, because it sounds awesome. Look. [more inside]
posted by Cobalt on Sep 25, 2012 - 6 answers

Zee German?

What is "the German" (dance? Game?) referred to in several Louisa May Alcott books? [more inside]
posted by xaire on Sep 17, 2012 - 14 answers

What are these dear naked German gentleman doing?

Can any German history lovers tell we what these sweet old naked fat men are doing in this old postcard? [more inside]
posted by esereth on Jul 19, 2012 - 16 answers

What was the poem within this sonata?

Ridiculously specific classical music question: What is the poem/program note that is supposed to be read before the final movement in Hindemith's 'Sonata for Alto Horn in E flat' (1943)? In the original German and the English translation, if possible. [more inside]
posted by Peter Petridish on Jul 13, 2012 - 3 answers

Need to know the name of the wife of Austrian sculptor Johannes Benk.

AustrianArtHistory/NovelResearch–Filter: I need to know the name of the wife of Austrian sculptor Johannes Benk (1844–1914). [more inside]
posted by scody on Jul 9, 2012 - 2 answers

Vilkommen, Bienvenue, in German?

Is there a German translation of Kander & Ebb's CABARET? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Jun 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Pagoda-head??

18-c. German filter. Pagodenkopf anyone? [more inside]
posted by Namlit on Feb 15, 2012 - 4 answers

I want to communicate with everyone!

Best (and preferably cheapest!) way to learn a foreign language? [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Feb 14, 2012 - 32 answers

A Sort of Wagnerian Falling Into

What is the German word for the concept of giving yourself away to something? [more inside]
posted by dephlogisticated on Jan 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Who is / was "D. Goldschmidt"?

My wife has inherited a portrait in oil of Leo Baeck which is dated and signed, "1952 D. Goldschmidt". Who is / was D. Goldschmidt? [more inside]
posted by Dan Brilliant on Dec 13, 2011 - 3 answers

Nostalgic German gifts

Looking for a present that will remind a grandmother of her German heritage. [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth on Nov 28, 2011 - 16 answers

Comic strip suggestion for an english language learner?

My german friend loves reading Calvin and Hobbes (in english). What would be a good comic strip to get her into? What strips are still funny to ESL readers? [more inside]
posted by munichmaiden on Jul 19, 2011 - 19 answers

Dirty-talkin' classical music

Musicfilter: classical music piece with scripted German sex talk. [more inside]
posted by Lola Xaviera Boom-Boom McPuppet on Jun 21, 2011 - 2 answers

Academic Articles or Books in German

Is there a listing of academic books or articles in German that have not yet been translated into English? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Jun 13, 2011 - 8 answers

Decipher handwritten German letter?

Germanfilter: Can someone help me translate this German handwritten letter? [more inside]
posted by sweetmarie on May 23, 2011 - 3 answers

Contracts with Death, German style?

Help me find this relatively recent German film about an old man who tricks his way out of a contract with Death. [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant on May 19, 2011 - 3 answers

What is this German book?

German Book Filter. What book did I read? Involves yellow shoes... [more inside]
posted by quaisi on Apr 1, 2011 - 2 answers

What does "FER-MAY-GHEN" mean?

German speakers, please tell me what this word means (and how it's actually spelled). [more inside]
posted by Srudolph on Feb 19, 2011 - 29 answers

Inhalt vs. Gehalt

Germanfilter: could a fluent German speaker please help me, a non-German speaker, understand the difference between the word inhalt and the word gehalt? Both are translated as "content" in online dictionaries. Is there an easy way to grasp the distinction?
posted by Morpeth on Feb 16, 2011 - 11 answers

Translation party!

I need help translating an email from German to English. [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea on Dec 19, 2010 - 4 answers

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

In Germany, the film "Times Square" carries the subtitle "... ihr könnt uns alle 'mal!!" What does that mean?
posted by Devoidoid on Nov 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Did Marx come to disavow aspects his earlier writings, i.e. The German Ideology?

Is anyone aware of the specific elements of The German Ideology that the later Marx is said to have disavowed or been unproud of? I understand that Marx's economic understanding was developed far beyond what it was at the time of this writing due to his research on the matter, but I'm concerned about if Marx came to feel any different on the historical materialism expressed within his earlier works? I could've sworn I had saw one reference that reflected how Marx felt about his early work (specifically, The German Ideology) but I can't find it now, and I know that I couldn't trace that observation into any sort of specific elements that Marx came to disavow.
posted by SollosQ on Nov 12, 2010 - 3 answers

Help get this question out of my head!

How did the word "earworm" come to mean something you can't get out of your head (like a song, etc)? Looking for the German etymology, if there is one. [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com on Oct 1, 2010 - 5 answers

How does my company find a German native speaker in LA?

How does my company find a German native speaker in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by DanielZKlein on Jul 29, 2010 - 13 answers

Sicherheit!

(German Transcription) Would a German speaker please provide a transcription (not translation) of the German portions of this short safety briefing? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter on Jul 4, 2010 - 2 answers

Suggestions for interesting non-fiction about Germany in the Middle Ages

I'm interested in reading some non-fiction about Germany (or The Holy Roman Empire) in the Middle Ages and I'm looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by picea on May 24, 2010 - 12 answers

Does the German Embassy in the US keep your passport when you apply for an Employment Visa?

Does the German Embassy in the US keep your passport when you apply for an Employment Visa? [more inside]
posted by christy on May 19, 2010 - 3 answers

Wie heißt dieses Blog?

I am looking for a particular German web comic drawn on one or two pages of a moleskine notebook in colored pencil or crayons with topical/political humor. [more inside]
posted by vkxmai on May 1, 2010 - 3 answers

Help me untangle some medieval script!

Caption on a quirky German or Dutch woodblock print of a cat-- I'm unable to pick apart this script, can you help? [more inside]
posted by RedReplicant on Apr 5, 2010 - 9 answers

How many Flaschen must a man use?

I'm trying to bake a cake from a German recipe, help me with archaic and confusing conversions! [more inside]
posted by coryinabox on Mar 21, 2010 - 11 answers

German to English II

Please translate this English to German: [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Mar 20, 2010 - 5 answers

Bagpipe face?

Can any German speakers shed light on the supposed German word 'Backpfeifengesicht'? [more inside]
posted by squarehead on Feb 22, 2010 - 11 answers

Short inscription in a very strange variety of Latin?

I'm working on an engraving with an inscription in a very strange version of Latin-- it has umlauts? Anyone know what this might say? [more inside]
posted by RedReplicant on Feb 17, 2010 - 10 answers

Of all the German days of the week, why did Wednesday get a censored name?

Why is only one of the German days of the week Bowdlerized? Every day (Donnerstag, Samstag, Freitag, etc) is a reference to the old pagan religions, but for some reason Wodenstag got the axe, and is now the bland "Mittwochs." I suspect it's Christian influences, but if so, why did Freya and Thor escape censorship?
posted by RedReplicant on Feb 4, 2010 - 11 answers

Dominosteine in Vancouver?

WeihnachtsFilter: anyone have a confirmed source for Dominosteine in Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by findango on Dec 20, 2009 - 4 answers

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