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Living in Germany

A year living in Germany: the good, the bad and the 'praktisch'

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It's hard to hate living it Germany when its full of beer, hearty food and being active but a few more sunny days and better banking wouldn't hurt.

German phrases

The best German phrases you'll want in your vocabulary

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'Die Schnapsidee': A 'liquor-idea' is either an amazing drunk plan or so stupid only a drunk person could have thought it. There are some things only these German phrases can describe.

German friends

Packing my suitcase: Getting the Germans to like you

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You can't make German friends without patience and lots of hard work, says expat Allane Milliane, but German friends are totally worth it.

German culture

The German Way: It’s a matter of German trust

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If you think Germans seem standoffish, there's something about German trust you need to understand first.

German language

Diccon Bewes: False friends in German

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It would seem the sole existence of 'false friends' is to trip up foreign language learners and land them red-faced in embarrassing situations.

The German Way: Confessions of an expat TV addict in Germany

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Expat Erin Porter, a self-confessed US TV addict, explains how you can watch American and foreign TV and films in Germany – and the German laws against it.

10 German words the world needs to know

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'Staircase jokes' and 'world pain' perfectly describe those unexplainable emotions that English has no words for.

Calling young expats: Complete a survey for your chance to win a prize!

Calling young expats: Complete a survey for your chance to win a prize!

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If you're aged 18–28, have your say in ThinkYoung's survey for your chance to win an iPad mini or a Spotify Premium three-months voucher!

Funny German phrases

19 German slang phrases you need to master

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If a German 'gets on your cookie', it's probably because they have 'hair on their teeth' – but is it really worth making an 'elephant out of a mosquito'?

Learning German

Geek Madel: 10 tips to reach German fluency

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Learning German fluently is about integrating it into your daily life but without making it a chore; Germany-based expat Meg McFarlane shows us how.

travelling cheap in germany

Speaking Denglish: 10 cheap and authentic German experiences

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Texan expat Alexandra shares her tips on how to stretch your euros and 'do as the Germans do' to discover a cheap and authentic Germany.

Addressing teachers

How do children address their teachers across the globe?

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Do children use the teacher's first name, surname or just 'teacher' – and what does this reflect about local culture?

Dancing in the Fountain: The best – and worst – of expat friendships

Dancing in the Fountain: The best – and worst – of expat friendships

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Should foreigners avoid joining 'expat bubbles'? Blogger Karen McCann considers the pros and cons of mingling with expat groups when living abroad.

New Year's resolutions

22 New Year's resolutions every expat should cross off

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As an expat it's more about memorising foreign irregular verbs or visiting that landmark you keep putting off, rather than slimming down or saving.

Expat Christmas

An expat wife: Why rituals are important for expat families

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Maria Foley explains why family rituals are so important for giving expats some much-needed familiarity and a sense of belonging, particularly during festivities.



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