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Meet Paul, Germany's Prognosticating Octopus

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Paul -- an octopus at the Sea Life public aquarium in Oberhausen, western Germany -- has so far correctly predicted the outcome of each of Germany's World Cup matches. On Tuesday, Paul contemplates Wednesday's match between Germany and Ghana. [larger view]

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Germany versus Serbia (World Cup 2010)

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This hilarious video satire is surprisingly well-done. It shows highlights of Germany's loss to Serbia in the World Cup 2010, recreated in Lego. (I am pleased to report that Frankfurt has remained pleasantly quiet all night long as a result of this loss, haha!)

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Learning the Alphabet in German with SpeedyConKiwi

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This video is all about how to pronounce the German alphabet -- something I cannot do correctly at this time. Not that knowing how to say this is going to help me when talking to the bankers about depositing my paycheck into my account or anything.

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Learning Basic Greetings in German with SpeedyConKiwi

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Lesson two in how to not offend Germans while buying beer.

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Learning How to Count in German with SpeedyConKiwi

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German for Boneheads: lesson one. How to ask for six fish at the pet store without inadvertently ending up with 60 fish.

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Dom Sankt Bartholomäus (detail), 1

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Dom Sankt Bartholomäus (St Bartholomew's Cathedral), Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Image: GrrlScientist, 14 April 2010 [larger view].

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Du bist Terrorist

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Du bist Terrorist (or "You are a terrorist" -- yes, this video has English subtitles) is a satirical response to two official German social-marketing-campaigns. One of them, Du bist Deutschland (You are Germany), was promoting nationalism and a child-friendly Germany, Du bist Terrorist is a look at today's politics in Germany, where all citizens are viewed with general suspicion and Germany has become a preventive surveillance society (a "nanny state"?).

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Deutsch für Doofe

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Okay, let's face the facts: my German sucks. Every time someone says something to me in German, my first reaction is to either respond in Spanish or Indonesian or (surprisingly) Japanese. As a result, I am left stammering my way through a ragtag collection of phrases in several languages, and no one, not even I, can understand what I am trying to say. So I am too intimidated to attempt to practice speaking my piss-poor German because the Germans are not very forgiving of idiots (forgetting of course, that they also were beginning German speakers once, too. Nevermind that they were wearing diapers when they were beginners).

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Random Observations About Life in Germany: Brot versus Bread

Mar 31 2010 Published by under Cultural Observation, Expat Life, German Life

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Brot-Shop.
Nordwestzentrum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Image: GrrlScientist, 20 March 2010 [larger view]

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Random Observations About Life in Germany: Apotheken versus Drogerien

Mar 09 2010 Published by under Cultural Observation, Expat Life, German Life

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Expats, immigrants, and people who travel internationally often are impressed with differences between their home country and the country they are visiting or living in. I thought I'd write about some of the daily features of my life in Germany that are different from my former life in Seattle and in NYC; sometimes amusing, other times annoying. If you also have similar experiences, I'd sure like to read about your experiences and observations in the comments thread. Because I only recently found a "drug store," I'll start by comparing drug stores -- Drogerien -- and pharmacies -- Apotheken.

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