German Alphabet Gets an Upgrade

German Alphabet Has Expanded to Ease a Hotly Debated Eszett Problem

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

While the German language has its oddities for American’s trying gain that bilingual status, one part of the German alphabet has managed to become a frustration for Germans themselves — the Eszett (ß). The future of the Eszett as been up in the air for quite some time as people …

Sources: Süddeutsche Zeitung

Photo: Christian Dembowski [Flickr]

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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German democratic kindergarten hands over power to the children

Democratic Kindergarten Gives Children Constitutional Voice

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Is it ever too early to teach children about government and the power bestowed upon citizens in a democratic society? In what is being called a first of its kind in Germany, the Dolli-Einstein-Haus school in Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein is saying “no” and opened up a democratic kindergarten to experiment with the concept, giving …

Sources: The Local

Photo: Ashton Bingham

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Kindergarten’s Remarkable View Has Parents Not Wanting to Leave

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

For most parents, a drop off at daycare can result in tears from their children, but at a daycare/kindergarten center in the German town of Hamburg, the typical scenario has flip-flopped as parents have become the ones not wanting to leave. Why? The Pestalozzi Foundation kindergarten is housed inside the Millerntor-Stadion — home of the FC St …

Sources: StarTribune

Photo: Pestalozzi-Stiftung Hamburg und ihre Kitas [Facebook]

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Is Germany’s Free Tuition for Americans Coming to an End?

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

With the out of control cost of college in the United States making a continued education seem unfeasible for many, Germany’s free education for all students, whether they are local citizens or students from abroad, offered some hope to those looking to get an affordable degree. It was a deal that may …

Sources: AP

Photo: University of Stuttgart “Stadtmitte Campus: Research pavillions of the Architecture Institutes”

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Plenty of Fish Rates German Language the Sexiest of them All

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

What is the sexiest language? French? Italian? Spanish? According to a new in-house survey by online dating site Plenty of Fish (PoF), none of those top the list. German on the other hand, the language often characterized as harsh and angry, made the cut and it found itself coming out on top. …

Sources: Plenty of Fish

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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The Numbrr Uv Germins Hoo Can Not Reed or Rite Mite Surprize U

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

UNESCO’s International Literacy Day, which takes place September 8-9, calls attention to illiteracy rates among kids and adults around the world, and to mark the occasion, DW released a report that shows that despite having a lauded educational system, Germany’s illiteracy rate is quite concerning. Statistics show that some nine …

Sources: DW

Image: Moyan Brenn [Flickr]

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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The Book That Teaches Your Child German Through A Story

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

A recent Kickstarter campaign is aiming to help children learn a new language “in the most enjoyable way possible” with a book that starts in English and gradually changes into a different language, and thanks to the support of the Goethe Insitut, the book is being made into German. Learning …

Sources: Kickstarter

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Meet The Robot That Germany Hopes Will Help Refugee Children Integrate

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

More than a million refugees have made Germany their new home in the last year, and while many natives are fighting to have a majority sent back, Germany is hoping to find a way to integrate the refugees into their society, including the rollout of a new robot that is designed …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Special Olympics World Games in L.A. in July 2015 Need German Speaking Volunteers

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Arriving from all corners of the world, 7,000 athletes representing 177 countries will take the global stage in Los Angeles this summer. The Special Olympics World Games are on from July 25 – August 2, 2015. Together with the athletes there will be 3,000 coaches arriving in Los Angeles and …

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Study Finds German To Be Fourth Most Popular Language in the World

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

After a lengthy 15 years of research, sociolinguistics professor Dr. Ulrich Ammon completed his study on language use around the world and found the German language to be much more popular than first believed. In terms of native speakers, German ranked tenth globally in Professor Ammon’s findings, but when it comes …

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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