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Best European sites for locating copies of out of print books

Does anyone have recommendations for particularly effective search engines for European second-hand / out of print books? Back when I used to look for these books pre-google, there were a couple of specialist sites that consolidated searches across numerous second-hand booksellers' catalogues, but I've forgotten their names. Do these still exist and if so, are they any use? [more inside]
posted by ogorki on Oct 21, 2016 - 7 answers

Examples of successful, multi-lingual magazines and newspapers?

Are there any proven publications (specifically magazines and newspapers) that are bi-lingual (primarily in the USA/Canada and Europe) and are the non-English parts necessarily a translation of the English parts? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Oct 10, 2016 - 13 answers

Where to shop for mid-century German ceramics in NYC?

I really like German mid-century art pottery -- think Scheurich, Ruscha, etc. And there's lots of it available at decent prices . . . in Europe. Where I live, it seems to be limited to a few expensive specimen pieces in mid-century furniture stores. But I'll be visiting New York City soon, and they have all the shopping in the world there, right? Where should I go for a good selection in the sub-$50 range? [more inside]
posted by ostro on Sep 16, 2016 - 1 answer

German by Osmosis

I just started learning German, through the standard 101 class at my university. While the textbook/classroom studying is great, I would like to have some low-key resources to read/listen to to supplement my learning. I'm looking for relatively simple-language radio, podcasts, TV, or maybe even (children's?) books that I can wash around in during my spare time. Something that doesn't require 100% brainpower, but that I can still catch the gist of -- that will help train my rhythm/pronunciation/listening by osmosis. [more inside]
posted by miniraptor on Sep 11, 2016 - 20 answers

An interrobang meets a certitude mark in 1910s Germany ...

Okay, what the heck is this thing? A friend who studies Comparative Literature found an unidentifiable punctuation mark that looks like a cross between a double-dagger, an exclamation point, and a hyphen, pictured here. [more inside]
posted by jpolchlopek on Sep 6, 2016 - 5 answers

RSS feed for AFP German 'Topthemen'?

Is there any way to get an RSS feed for the German language 'Topthemen' ("Top Topics") that the wire-service AFP publishes on their website? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars on Jul 24, 2016 - 4 answers

Audio resources for language learning

I'd like to learn new languages - specifically French, German and Latin. The only significant time I have to do this is a daily ~2 hour commute. So, recommendations please for offline audio-based language resources (something that is, or can be put, on a CD). [more inside]
posted by monkey closet on Jun 29, 2016 - 6 answers

Could you translate this German occupation to English? Prok.d.Fa.

The full occupation from 1940 is Prok.d.Fa. Natermann & Hurm and they lived in Bremen. What is Prok.d.Fa. ?
posted by cda on Jun 24, 2016 - 10 answers

Identify this film which is ruining baklava for me

It was either in French (most likely) or German (may have had English subtitles). It was about a poor kid having grown up to be a rich man, and the story was being told via flashbacks. The detail I remember is some scenes about him being invited to a rich kid's house for a dinner. He took homemade baklava as a gift, which was looked down upon. His family may have been Turkish immigrants to this European city. [more inside]
posted by vivekspace on Jun 16, 2016 - 2 answers

Help my five-year-old learn German

Please recommend tv shows, Youtube videos, cartoons, songs and simple books that are spoken/written in the German language that a five-year-old would enjoy. Difficulty: Five-year-old in question only speaks English. [more inside]
posted by vignettist on Apr 14, 2016 - 19 answers

Facebook Pages in German and French, please?

I'm looking for interesting French and German Facebook pages to seed my FB feed and keep it from being so boring. [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Apr 8, 2016 - 2 answers

Can we use this German iPhone 5s on straight talk?

Question for a German foreign exchange student with an iPhone 5s and an O2 Sim card. Would like to use this phone in the USA but only need it for one semester. Is it possible to buy a sim card / then prepaid plan from Straight Talk (or any other bring your own phone no contract service)?
posted by J0 on Jan 4, 2016 - 3 answers

I think I want to learn German and want to pick a method

I am thinking that I might want to learn German as a language of beer and cheese for career advancement. Good choice? Should I take a class or set out on my own? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Dec 9, 2015 - 10 answers

What telescope should I buy?

I have approximately a $1,500 USD budget and want to buy a telescope. I am pretty sure I want a Cassegrain (SCT or Mak of some sort) for portability. And I am pretty sure I want a German Equatorial Mount (GEM) for ease of manually tracking objects and the potential of maybe one day exploring astrophotography. I had selected the Celestron VX 8" SCT as it seemed to give me everything I was looking for. Then I learned about Push-To as an alternative to GoTo and that has given me pause. [more inside]
posted by pwb503 on Nov 16, 2015 - 2 answers

German phrase

When Rilke says, "Vielleicht, daß ich durch schwere Berge gehe / in harten Adern, wie ein Erz allein," does his last phrase mean "like an ore [moves], alone" or "alone like an ore" or "like only an ore [can move]"? Translators seem to all assume the first.
posted by kalapierson on Nov 11, 2015 - 12 answers

Identify this German after dinner shot

Several years ago I spent time with some German visitors, and after each dinner they passed out airplane bottles of liquer. The tradition, they said, was to drink it down, put the cap on your nose, and hang the bottle from your lip via suction. I've since wondered about this tradition and WHAT exactly was the liquer that they used. Here is a photo if someone could please identify it. Thanks!
posted by Mikey51 on Oct 25, 2015 - 4 answers

What are these Germans saying?

By no means do I need a word-for-word translation or anything, but what is generally going on in this video? That is, what is the gist of what the introducer is saying, and when Pit Hartling comes on stage, what is he explaining about the Rubik's Cube before he does the flourish at the end? What, indeed, is this event? Thanks for your help, German speakers!
posted by sappidus on Oct 4, 2015 - 4 answers

Das Orchester Nürnberg

I've been tasked with finding a very specific kind of instrumental orchestral theme. VERY specific. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Sep 10, 2015 - 6 answers

FIFA-related. What's a German word or expression for...

FIFA-related. What's a German word or expression for... Sticking your head in the sand? Denial? Refusing to acknowledge events by discussing other things? Danke.
posted by wensink on May 28, 2015 - 9 answers

Good German-language movies from the 50s or 60s?

There are a lot of old German movies on youtube, like this, from the 50s and 60s. I like to watch them, but quality seems to be highly variable, and I don't know much enough about German cinema of the time to know which are highly thought of. Can anyone recommend some that are definitely worth watching, for whatever reason? All genres are okay, subtitles not required, later decades okay too, if they are on youtube.
posted by bertran on May 17, 2015 - 9 answers

Would Wittgenstein distinguish between "all that" and "that which"?

I've most often seen the first proposition of the Tractatus quoted as "The world is that which is the case." (The 2014 film and the line in the chorus from The New Pornographers' Chump Change, eg.) But Ogden translates it as "The world is everything that is the case," and Pears/McGuiness as "The world is all that is the case." Is there an important difference here? Asking cuz potential tattoo.
posted by PMdixon on May 16, 2015 - 15 answers

Help me find a German Pensioner for a Pen-pal!

I need some help finding older Germans who would like to be old-fashioned pen-pals. I need to practice my superpowers! [more inside]
posted by Tchad on May 3, 2015 - 8 answers

Movie about German or Swiss man on ski holiday

Trying to remember a film I saw on television years ago. I was either German or Swiss and was about a heavyset man on a ski holiday. I remember it was very nearly silent (but was not a silent movie; it looked relatively modern) and everything was a sort of a disaster for him, and I remember it being unexpectedly sweet, and that's all I remember. Hope me!
posted by maxsparber on May 2, 2015 - 9 answers

Gift ideas? Keywords: Batman, Investing, German, (Comics or Video Games)

I'm looking for a gift for a hard-to-shop-for person, a well-read investment adviser who's a comics nerd. The ideal gift would be a comic book in which Batman is an accountant, written in German. Where can I buy this or something else that this person would really like?
posted by sninctown on Feb 14, 2015 - 5 answers

German philosopher quote

Which (German?) philosopher said something like: art/writing is perfect in proportion to the degree to which the personality of the artist isn't detectable in it?
posted by phrontist on Dec 9, 2014 - 6 answers

Name this book, difficulty level: German translated into Russian.

For a coworker: I'm trying to track down a translated YA novel my co-worker remembered reading as a child in Russia. [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Nov 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Language for the purpose of study, travel and maybe work in Europe.

What European language should I learn for the purpose of higher studies, work, and extensive travelling in Europe? I am a bibliophile, cinephile, and love songs with good and meaningful lyrics. Till now I've been enjoying all these, I mean the ones from Europe, in the form of translations and with the help of subtitles. (I write too; not to publish but it's very important to me). [more inside]
posted by amar on Sep 27, 2014 - 21 answers

Wer ist der deutsche Le Petit Nicolas?

My wife has a birthday coming up and I'd like to surprise her with a German book or two that she would be able to read... Eventually. [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Sep 19, 2014 - 12 answers

Going to Prague and Budapest; should I bone up on my German?

I have heard that German is somewhat of a lingua franca throughout Eastern Europe. Would it be a more useful backup language than English when visiting Prague and Budapest? I will also be learning basic phrases in Hungarian and Czech. More details inside! [more inside]
posted by rednikki on Sep 6, 2014 - 11 answers

German female artist, specializing in fine geometric lines?

A few years ago, I came across the website of a German artist, female, who specialized in creating geometric artwork featuring very fine lines (think sweeping, 1pt lines). The only other things I remember are: 30ish in age, and had a non-standard German name, e.g. not something simple like "Anna Schmid". Anyone know her name and site?
posted by slater on Aug 23, 2014 - 1 answer

Living Artfully in Berlin

Let's say you're a young artist. And you're headed to Berlin in spring. You plan on fully immersing yourself in local culture once you get there -- you're going to get a studio, mingle at pubs and learn about your neighborhood. But you'd like a boost on the art scene. You want to get culturally & conversationally fluent! [more inside]
posted by fritillary on Aug 16, 2014 - 10 answers

was ist das lied

Roommates heard a German pop-ish song on spotify and are looking to find it again. Helfen Sie mir! [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Aug 10, 2014 - 6 answers

Best way to learn languages in interactive way?

What's the best way to learn languages (particularly French and German) through software or online which a) does NOT rely on long lectures, b) teaches sufficient grammar and vocabulary to read moderately complex books, and c) is interactive (if possible with a clear measure of progress) and d) self-paced?
posted by shivohum on Jul 10, 2014 - 13 answers

Found my grandfather's birth family. Now what?

In the process of helping post my late grandfather's digitized papers online, I found his adoption paperwork (he made no secret of being adopted, but didn't talk about it much). It gave enough information that I was able to find that my grandfather had a brother, who apparently is still alive. I'm not sure what to do next; it's good to know there's more family out there (my father has few living relatives), but I'm not sure how happy others in my family will be with the reality, and the same may go for my grandfather's newly-discovered relatives. Advice would be helpful; details below. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 20, 2014 - 7 answers

Translation Filter: German and Czech Food Allergy List

We are travelling to Germany and the Czech Republic later this month. My mom has a set of severe food allergies, and would like to print some translated cards for restaurant staff just to be on the safe side. I'd like to translate this list into both German and Czech please. I'm happy to translate using a dictionary, but I feel that native speakers will have a better handle on subtle details, such as corn and its derivatives (for example, corn flour is not big in Canada, but corn starch and corn meal are in everything). Many thanks Metafilter! [more inside]
posted by jjonajason on Apr 12, 2014 - 9 answers

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

Why is it "der Bär" and "die Maus" and not "das Bär" and "das Maus"?

Is it acceptable, in the name of practicality, to ignore gender while speaking German? [more inside]
posted by triceryclops on Mar 9, 2014 - 23 answers

Demokratie Jetzt!

I'm a US transplant to Germany. I listen to a lot of lefty podcasts from the US: Democracy Now!, The Young Turks, Majority Report, Best of the Left, Citizen Radio, etc. My German is getting pretty good after two years, and I'd like to listen to similar issues discussed auf Deutsch. Suggestions? Vielen Dank!
posted by dmvs on Mar 6, 2014 - 1 answer

What might this German dessert be?

What is this dessert I read about on a blog? It was cooked by a German person and the blog author wrote: "It was like a really, really thick pancake cooked in a huge skillet, then cut up into big chunks, and topped with a syrupy, crystallized type of peach topping that was just to DIE for. Everyone in Germany/Austria/Hungary knows what it is". I don't think she knew what it was called, but I want to, because it sounds freaking delicious!
posted by threeants on Dec 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me find the right Master’s Programme specialising in Oil in Germany

Hi there, I’m in a conundrum - I hold a Bachelors Degree in Physics and I am currently searching for a Master’s Programme at a German University specialising in the management of Oil resources and/or the relation to Oil and Physics that I studied. [more inside]
posted by theTrap on Dec 20, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me find a nutty, German dessert to bake!

What are your favorite nutty German desserts that are not terribly sweet? Please share your tried and true recipes! [more inside]
posted by Viola on Dec 20, 2013 - 10 answers

Documentary about German Memorials - "Please, no more memorials"

Do any of you know of a documentary about a Holocaust survivor who makes trips to Germany to tell children and public officials, "Please, no more memorials"? [more inside]
posted by makethemost on Dec 1, 2013 - 1 answer

Is there an English version of these German publications

On the weekend I discovered a great series of German magazines/publications: Karfunkel, especially the Karfunkel Combat series. I know my son would love this stuff, but his German is super basic. So is there an English magazine series anything like these? [more inside]
posted by Megami on Nov 25, 2013 - 2 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

Recommend exciting stories, simply written

I'm an intermediate ~ advanced German student, and my instructor recommended native language-to-German translations for extracurricular reading. Her idea is to make it easy to find stories/authors/genres you already know you like, and just get you reading in German. I really like crime thrillers - serial killers, gruesome murders, etc. I'm looking for recommendations for authors and novels that have good, engaging stories, but aren't written in especially sophisticated English. I remember quite liking Cody McFadyen's stories, but being very underwhelmed with his use of language. This is perfect. I'm lucky as a native English speaker, as it's pretty likely that anything written in English that was even slightly popular has been translated into German. So, any recommendations? Vielen Dank!
posted by dmvs on Oct 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Podcasts for German language learners?

I'm taking an introductory German course and am looking for some good podcasts that will supplement what I am learning and help me get to fluency quicker. What should I be listening to? [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Sep 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Cuckoos in New York City?

Hello. Does anyone know of a bricks-and-mortar store in New York City that sells cuckoo clocks? Doesn't have to be exclusively cuckoo clocks, of course. Some clock repair shop that might sell them? An antique clock place? Or a German specialty store? It does have to be a bricks-and-mortar place, though. Classic cuckoo clocks. Halp me, I'm cuckoo for cuckoo clocks! Dankeschön!
posted by Capt. Renault on Aug 27, 2013 - 5 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

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