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Get Germanized

Get Germanized: How to Germanize yourself in 21 steps

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It's easy to Germanize if you adopt the right German cultural quirks – and buy German slippers. Here's how to get Germanized in 21 steps.

Dating the Germans

14 signs you're dating a German

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You know you're dating a German when you've had the talk about ditching those short swimming briefs – but came to a compromise instead.

History of Valentine's Day

The tragic, unromantic history of Valentine’s Day

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The true meaning of Valentine's Day takes a different light when you learn the history of Valentine's Day. Who was St Valentine anyhow? Here we look at Valentine's Day around the world.

German drinking culture

19 habits when you drink like a German

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If you drink like a German, these 19 drinking habits will be like old friends. German-born Barbara Litzlfellner shares the unique traits of German drinking culture.

German drinking

Speaking Denglish: Mixing German drinks – the 'Deutsche' way

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Cola-beer anyone? Germans have an obsession with all things fizzy but they love mixing carbonated German drinks even more. Here is a list of German drinks and German beverages to mix at home.

The truth about Halloween you didn't know

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Have candy, costumes and commercialisation distracted us from the true meaning of Halloween? Here are some Halloween facts you should know before putting on your Halloween costume.

'Regretting motherhood' debate rages in Germany

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Is it possible to regret becoming a mother? The question has stirred a debate in Germany like in no other country, shattering a long-held taboo.

German culture shock

12 culture shocks foreigners experience in Germany

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You might get a finger-wagging in Germany but you can also revel in 80s fashion and music where Hasselhoff is the hero.

How to flirt: a European guide

How to flirt: a European guide

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The French flatter; the Brits are crass. So says a social anthropologist in this review on cross-cultural flirting techniques in Europe.

German asparagus

Laptops and lederhosen: Asparagus season celebrates Germanness

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As the 'white gold' of Germany sprouts up all around the country, the asparagus season 'Spargelzeit' tells a lot about German culture.

German customs

Lehrer Werkstatt: 8 weird and wonderful German customs

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The longer you live in Germany, the more idiosyncrasies you learn about German culture.

Top German phrases

It's sausage to me: 10 most useful German phrases you need

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You won't learn German slang in language school but you'll soon realise there's nothing quite so useful as 'it’s sausage to me' and 'I have the nose full'.

German parenting

Lessons we should all adopt from German parenting

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'Let your children burn things' might go against better judgement but that's just one way Germans are getting parenting so right.

German parenting

The 10 best side effects of German parenting

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There are certain ingrained German traits that are hard to unlearn: thriftiness, indoor slippers and a tea obsession. Thanks 'Mutti'.

German birthdays

The 7 rules of German birthdays

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Your birthday is the one day of the year where it's all about you – unless you live in Germany.



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