Monthly Archives: February 2015

Word of the Day: Baumwollspinnerei

Today my students and I journeyed to one of the must-see sites in Leipzig: the Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei. The site bears ample witness to Leipzig’s historical importance as a center for German industry.  A Baumwollspinnerei is a “cotton spinning plant.” The Leipzig Baumwollspinnerei dates from 1884. … Continue reading

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Words of the Day: besser als Wien

So a quick preposition question for anyone reading who is fluent in German.  What is the right preposition to use when you want to say that something is “better than _____”? My German dictionary makes me think that als is the … Continue reading

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Word of the Day: Vaterlandsliebend

Vaterlandsliebend means “love of country,” and it’s the word I chose after our visit yesterday to the Monument to the Battle of the Nations (Völkerschlachtdenkmal) in Leipzig. At various points during our visit I thought that the monument might better be labeled monument … Continue reading

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Word of the Day: evolutionäre Anthropologie

Yesterday was extraordinary.  Before coming to Leipzig I had heard many good things about the local zoo. Suffice to say that our time at the Leipzig Tiergarten surpassed all my expectations.  It’s not going too far to say that after over … Continue reading

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Words of the Day: Tag out des Jungen

I’m going to risk being wrong with today’s Words of the Day, my attempt to translate the English phrase “Boys’ day out” into some sort of German equivalent.  I’m confident that the genitive plural Jungen is correct, but German confounds the … Continue reading

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Word of the Day: städtischen Geschichten

This afternoon I had the pleasure of taking my first real “ramble” in Leipzig.  I love rambling.  When I don’t have so many kids to take care of (my own, not my college students) I dream of doing long weekend … Continue reading

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Word of the Day: übersetzen

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any reflections on the German language.  There is one in particular I’ve been considering the last few days.  Recently I began reading a wonderful book by Stephen Pinker, The Sense of Style: the Thinking … Continue reading

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