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How is the German chancellor elected? 2017 edition

On September 24, 2017, the Germans will go to the polls to decide who will run the country for the next four years. There are plenty of informed articles on the dynamics of the 2017 election (e.g., “Germans on the

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10 reasons learning German is easier than you think

You may have heard that German is a difficult language to learn. Or you may have read Mark Twain’s lamentations about endlessly long words that can’t be found in a dictionary. You may have even experienced some frustrations of your

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10,000 Facebook Likes Giveaway

We did it! With your help, The German Professor has reached 10,000 Fans on Facebook – Wow! As a thank you to all the followers of my Facebook page and website and to show my appreciation for each and every one of

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8 Things about Max und Moritz

Ach was muß man oft von bösen Kindern hören oder lesen! Wie zum Beispiel hier von diesen, Welche Max und Moritz hießen. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the children’s book Max und Moritz: Eine Bubengeschichte in sieben Streichen, which

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Download free German ebooks

Did you know that the various Amazon stores offer hundreds, maybe thousands, of free German books for download? Not all of them are high-quality books, but there are often some real finds among the free selections. Maybe not surprisingly, Amazon doesn’t make

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Teaching German with Deutsche Welle’s Top-Thema and Video Thema

I regularly teach a Contemporary Issues in German-Speaking Regions course for intermediate to advanced learners. In this course, I want learners to become informed citizens and ultimately to learn to converse intelligently on topics of current interest in the German-speaking

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Working with German numbers: Children and day care in Germany

DESTATIS just recently published a report on day care participation in Germany. The text, graphic and data table reveal some interesting trends.

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Free 2-day shipping on German books

If you’re a student buying German books for classes or if you plan to buy any books for the next six months, you could benefit from the free Amazon Student program. Here’s the deal:

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Top 10 career paths in Germany

In the process of developing a teaching unit for next semester on Studium und Beruf, I came across the latest statistics of the German Federal Statistics Office (Statistisches Bundesamt) on the most popular career paths among young Germans and compiled

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More free German Christmas ebooks

Yesterday I posted some links to free German ebooks with a Christmas theme. Today a few of the twelve books I posted about are no longer free. But here are a few more that are free today that were not

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