There are some controversial questions which to some extent may never be satisfactorily answered. For instance, why is the train always late when we are on time and on time when we arrive too late? One important question, which falls under this category, is the following: What is the hardest language to learn?…
It takes a lot to be a true super hero. But before you can choose one that stands above all, that is worth to be admired by the masses, you need to define a hero. For Germany, the last famous person, that I can think of, that was referred to as a real hero was Matthias Steiner, a weightlifter and Olympic gold medalist, who stood on the medalists’ podium showing a picture of his late wife who died in a car accident and would have otherwise accompanied him to the Olympic Games. Surely, a real hero! But let’s see what in general makes a hero, and let’s say apart from sports, which is kind of a special case.
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We’ve had some great sportsmen in Germany, that’s for sure. Everybody knows Beckenbauer; raves about Boris Becker during his heyday; and Michael Schumacher wrote formula1-history. That’s just to start, everyone likes Steffi Graf and Henry Maske! Please, can you really forget the “Gentleman” Maske? Shame on you! Yeah, but is it all that nice and perfect in the German sports world? Let’s have a look behind the scenes and learn more about these German sport celebrities.
It is often said that the German language sounds very harsh to non-natives and an invitation to dinner could easily be misinterpreted as a declaration of war. The Germans themselves aren’t really aware of this effect unless they come home after a long stay in France or somewhere.
First of all, I want to make sure that we can at least skip over most of the romantic clichés of Germans and their home country. When planning a trip to Germany, there is no need to come dressed as the Bavarians with Lederhosen and Dirndl unless you are heading to the Oktoberfest, Colone Carnival or just fancy of making a complete fool of yourself. Still, the beer stereotypes remain true for the Germans, which means some weeks of intense beer studies would be good preparation for your stay here.
Christmas is coming soon and I am wondering whether there is anything German about this charming holiday. To my knowledge Jesus wasn’t born in Germany, the Christmas Carols as well as the motifs are from the US and the colors originate from Coca Cola! Our Christmas chocolate comes from Switzerland and the Christmas game, White Elephant, is derived from an American tradition….