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Freundschaft ist eine Tür zwischen zwei Menschen. Sie kann manchmal knarren, sie kann klemmen, aber sie ist nie verschlossen. »

I think this quotation summarizes the meaning of friendship in a really good way and provides a wonderful metaphor. Friendship is something exceptional and incredibly precious. I think when you have found a real friend, then you won’t lose him/her anymore, no matter what has happened.

Das Beste in der Musik steht nicht in den Noten. »

German music…I don’t really know where I should start. I think everybody knows that some really famous composers are Germans. Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Georg Friedrich Händel and Wilhelm Richard Wagner are probably the most famous and also today, we have great musicians who remind us about the rich German heritage of classic […]

Education in Germany »

Education is so essential and still so different in every country.  In Germany even the Bundesländer (states) differ in their concepts of education. Decisions about education like the school system or fees for studying are up to the states. In the state where I come from, the education starts with Kindergarten. You can enter Kindergarten […]

Ja, ich will … »

Ja, ich will… That’s probably the sentence every girl is dreaming of, to hear and say one time in her life. I’m fortunate to have already attended four different weddings. I was at the wedding of my uncle when I was 5 years old, and 3 weddings of my cousins in the last few years. […]

Die Hochzeit – The German Wedding »

In Germany, there are many customs concerning marriage that vary from region to region and from family to family. I had to deal with the topic “marriage” just recently since got I married only six months ago, and I want to provide you with an insight to what marriage in Germany is like.

Allerheiligen in Germany »

In this entry, I will write about the All Saints Day in Germany. I have to admit that I’m not really well connected to this topic because I’m not deeply religious but I will try to explain it anyway.

Dealing with Death »

Death, in general, is a very challenging topic and it is to a great extent not touched upon in German public. Indeed, many people wouldn’t talk about it. I could imagine that Americans and Germans are quite similar in their approach to death as our societies have a great deal in common.

Parties in Germany »

This time I want to present to you the party system in Germany (and I will try to explain it in comparison to the American system). Christian (the other German writer) will write about the election system in Germany, so if you want to learn about how elections work in Germany, take a look at […]

Konrad Adenauer »

Konrad Adenauer – the name of Germany´s first chancellor is not known to most American citizens, and yet it is strongly connected with the change from Nazi Germany to the Federal Republic, with the country´s economic rise, but also with the Cold War.

Hello Everyone! »

Hello everyone! My name is Dominik Gutsche (23) and I am from Heidelberg, which is approximately of the same size as Salem. Originally, I come from a neat little town near Dresden in eastern Germany. I am convinced that this is one of the most beautiful regions in Germany and I really love the people […]

Hallo! »

Hello everybody, My name is Isabelle and I’m the German Language Assistant for the next year. My Hometown is Koblenz. That’s a small city like Salem. That’s where the Moselle flows into the Rhine and of course you can find there “das Deutsche Eck” (German Corner).

Moin, moin, Willamette! »

  My name is Christian de Haan, 21 years old, and I am from the beautiful city of Hamburg in Germany. Hamburg is the second largest town of the country, amounting to 1.8 million inhabitants. One reason for its popularity is that Hamburg is the economic center of North Germany, having the country´s highest GDP […]

Thank you Willamette! »

After an almost 24 hours long journey in which I traveled around 4450 miles, crossed the Atlantic Ocean and landed  in a 9-hours different time zone, I arrived here in Salem, Oregon. That was on the 22nd of August last year – almost 9 months ago. Having only a blurry picture of what I imagined American […]

Kleider machen Leute?! »

In German we have the proverb “Kleider machen Leute” (“Clothes make the man”). Of course this statement can be argued, but definitely the clothes and the personal fashion style a person has, is a statement about him or herself. Just as everywhere else, in Germany factors like age, job and personal taste also determine the […]

International Food Week »

In honour of the “International Food Week” an event that we will host on Willamette Campus between the 4th and the 9th of March this article is dedicated to one of my favourite topics: Food! In that second week of March Bon Appetit, the kitchen crew of Goudy Commons, will cook and prepare dishes from […]

My Christmas Holidays »

A little bit late but still I wish you all a happy new year! I hope that you had a good start to the new semester.

10 Things about my Germany »

In this last article of the semester I want to share 10 things about my country with you.

“Different countries, different habits?!” »

“Different countries, different habits“ is a saying that we have in Germany. But I found that you have similar sayings in English as well. This might already indicate that there are of course also many similarities between German and American social life.

The Trend to Go Green »

The German political party that has its main interest in environmental policy is called „Bündnis 90/Die Grünen“. The central idea of their policy is ecological, economical and social sustainability. The party „Die Grünen“  was founded in the 1980s and has its origins in the anti-nuclear power, ecology, peace and women’s movement of the 1970s. In 1993 […]

Charlotte Roche – A Provocative Novelist »

Having National Icons as the topic for the 2nd issue of the WWN made me reflect about which German person I could write about. A long list of different great and influencing names popped up in my head: great figures like  the physician Albert Einstein, the philosopher Immanuel-Kant, Sigmund Freud and Friedrich Nietzsche. Then I […]

Hallo zusammen! »

My name is Ilka Birke and I am the German language assistant at Willamette University this year. I come from Münster which is located in the North-West of Germany. It is close to the Dutch border and to the Ruhr region which is an urban area including cities as Düsseldorf, Dortmund and Essen. Münster is […]

The Variety of the German Language »

Some people say that German is a difficult language. In terms of grammar, it is definitely not one of the easiest languages to learn as a second language. If your mother tongue is English you will encounter a lot of similarities concerning vocabulary, though, since both languages are Germanic languages.

German Cuisine – It’s more than just sausages & sauerkraut »

The German cuisine is known for its large variety of sausages, for Sauerkraut, and beer. But there’s much more to German food than that. The main meal of the day used to be lunch. For dinner a lot of Germany just used to have Brotzeit, which means a variety of bread, spreads, cheese, and sausage. […]

Germany in 2010 – A Year in Review »

The year of 2010 was a year full of events that kept the attention of the whole world. Everyone was anxious about the oil tank catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico and everyone was glad for the saved mine workers in Chile. But what happened during 2010 in Germany? The next paragraphs will give you […]

Finally, music in German – and it shows once more, how rich in expression the German language actually is! »

Most of the music that is played on German radio stations, in clubs and on TV is in English. It has been that way for decades. The German language was not cool enough, the good stuff came from abroad: the US, UK and so on. The only music in German was the so called Schlager […]