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German "Culture" section: beer and pretzels?

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From "Das Land der Dichter und Denker".....Mann, Hesse, Goethe,Nizetsche, Beethovan, Bach, Wenders, Fassbinder, Gropius etc. ....DL's "culture"section is all about beer and pretzels...?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/christian
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Euch ist bekannt, was wir bedürfen. Wir wollen starke Getränke schlürfen.

We could certainly drop some names here and there, but at the end of the day, this is a beginner's course. I'm sure that reading Goethe and would go above most users' heads.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tink629986
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Bit like reading Ulysses to start of English ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicGermanLearn

I don't understand the grammar of that German sentence :/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tink629986
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"It's known to you what we require; we want to slurp strong beverages" ....

Grammatically speaking, what threw you off?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicGermanLearn

Shouldnt it be "wessen wir bedürfen" ?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tink629986
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Genitiv would certainly work as well here, but I won't argue with Goethe ;}

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https://www.duolingo.com/GlobalJim711
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To you (it) is known, what we need.

Mir ist bekannt. I know or I am familiar with...a common construction..dative case for the pronoun. A fuller version would include a subject. Es ist mir bekannt.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90
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You do not have to read Goethe, but you can say, Goethe was a great German writer, Germans like soccer, theater etc. instead of Germans drink beer, eat pretzels and celebrate Oktoberfest.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vanishingspray
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Well, I was only joking....I found myself almost in a severe depression after 3 months of a German film course which was all full of dark, heavy, intellectual, thought provoking films.....quite ready for nothing more than endless beer and pretzels. And Goethe definitely went over my head, I never got past the first chapter, my German is not good enough yet. But surely there is a balance. What would be an aspect of common everyday German culture that foreigners don't know about which would be useful to know? I mean Oktoberfest is only once a year, what should we talk about in the other 11 months?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90
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Exactly!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nitrogen5

Everyone's culture gets reduced to one or two usually inaccurate stereotypes.

Now please excuse me while I go wrestle the native wildlife that are constantly trying to kill me and drink a brand of beer that barely exists within the country.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tink629986
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/me puts on his gumboots and goes to find a sheep ... :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vanishingspray
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I have to go and chase after a bear that has just stolen my salmon.

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https://www.duolingo.com/WernickesArea
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Please let me go chase the mountain lions that everyone says exist in my state that I've never seen. Tell me all about the rich wildlife of where I grew up - I see squirrels and dogs. Goodbye everyone, I have to go and explain to my ESL friend that we don't say "y'all" and "ain't" in formal situations.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GlobalJim711
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Dann fahr' man von Grinzig heim, aber oft fahr' man an 'en Baum. Aber alles ist uns Wurst, weil wir haben so 'en Durst! (Ambros).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gisberth
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Da hat sich sogar Haider dran gehalten, wenn auch ohne Grinzing und Heurigen, also Kultur. PS. Wenn du es so schreibst verstehe ich Ambros besser.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vanishingspray
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Google translate gives the following German translation from English. Can anyone help:

  1. Ich habe Bier verschüttet auf meine Lederhose / Dirndl Shouldn't it be: Ich habe auf meine Lederhose / Dirndl Bier verschüttet. or Auf meine Lederhose habe ich Bier verschüttet.

  2. Würdest du mir eine noch ein anderes Bier bieten?? This sounds wrong--what's correct?

  3. Meine Brezel hat sich zu einem Knoten verdreht Are these correct?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kajo76
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Google translate isn't the right thing to use, when learning ;-)
But I know the feeling!

  1. You're right! Your sentence is much better! See?
  2. I don't know what the English sentence was like (especially the word "bieten" sounds weird), it could be both:
    a) Würdest du mir noch ein anderes Bier anbieten
    b) Würdest du mir noch ein anderes Bier holen/geben
  3. Yes! Only we wouldn't say that (but maybe only as a joke), because the Brezel doesn't do that by herself ;-)
2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tink629986
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Just because I'm pugnacious ;) Ad 1) I'd argue that "verschütten" in this context is less commonly used, in that event I'd say "Ich habe mir Bier über die Lederhose geschüttet" ...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kajo76
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Haha, you're right :-) Maybe it's "too early" in the morning for me ;-) Haven't slept much...

2 years ago
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