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dale-estey's picture
Jan.16.2014
If you think Kafka causes trouble in German, try to do him justice in English. This is an exquisite commentary by Susan Bernofsky, who has just translated one of Kafka's most famous works, "The Metamorphosis".  Although Kafka and his friends were happy enough to refer to the  "bug" in the...
eve-kushner's picture
Jul.19.2013
お久しぶり(おひさしぶり)ですね! It's been awhile! I'm slowly reimmersing myself in kanji matters after a nine-day vacation in Europe. My husband and I visited Berlin, Prague, and Vienna with brief stops in Frankfurt, Wiesbaden, and Munich. (In Berlin we enjoyed meeting Rajorshi De, occasional winner of...
eve-kushner's picture
Jul.19.2013
お久しぶり(おひさしぶり)ですね! It's been awhile! I'm slowly reimmersing myself in kanji matters after a nine-day vacation in Europe. My husband and I visited Berlin, Prague, and Vienna with brief stops in Frankfurt, Wiesbaden, and Munich. (In Berlin we enjoyed meeting Rajorshi De, occasional winner of...
mckenya-dilworth-abdalla's picture
Oct.11.2012
It was shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall when I decided high school in the States was not for me. Most of my teachers were disinterested in me by then, so I began to fly under the radar, unnoticed. My German teacher, being the exception, was an overly jovial man in his mid forties with...
william-rose's picture
Oct.11.2012
When I was eight, in 1963, my family spent a year in a French village where I was immured daily in a one-room schoolhouse with 20 French-speaking children and an iron-fisted but loving maitresse who knew only the words yes, non, and sank ewe verry mooch. At home, I read Tartine comic books, and...
bob-mustin's picture
May.26.2012
The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer – The General Prologue image via cathedral-enterprises.co.uk I’ve probably grown overly ambitious, but I’ve decided to read the Canterbury Tales and to post on them piecemeal here. Mine is the Penguin Classics version, and it’s written in...
suellen-ocean's picture
Sep.06.2011
Over a thousand years ago, groups of Germans set out for the Holy Land because they believed the end of the world was coming. (I guess Jerusalem might be considered the place to be if there was going to be some kind of rapture). They sent scouts to Jerusalem and when the scouts came back shaking...
suellen-ocean's picture
Aug.01.2011
During the Middle Ages, when Jews were denied access to trade guilds they became dominant in finance and business, especially for the courts. This caused envy amongst other Jews whose lives were in sharp contrast and a fierce debate goes on to this day but the history of the “Hofjew” could play a...
bernadette-jansen-op-de-haar's picture
Mar.31.2011
If I were asked to run a course on ‘How to spot a foreigner’ I would start with tourists travelling by coach: they are a country’s most typical inhabitants. Germans are sensibly dressed and extremely friendly - Italian tourists travel in high heels - A Dutch coach party highlights an ageing Dutch...
jennifer-selchow's picture
May.12.2010
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. So I sit here and look at a picture of my great-grandmother and her five sisters, the Hoeft sisters. The photograph has a red hue and I am estimating this family portrait was taken in the late nineteen twenties, based on their assumed ages. There...