When the Wall Came Down: Part 7

In the final part of this Berlin Wall mini series: incredible footage from a seemingly boring press conference Watch it here, with English subtitles. The scene is this: a long, boring East German press conference. A room full of foreign journalists. A Politburo man, Günter Schabowski, who doesn’t understand the notes he’s been given. He says that free travel is to be permitted without visas … Continue reading When the Wall Came Down: Part 7

When the Wall Came Down: Part 5

How is the reunification remembered in Germany? Here’s 5 terms to tell us more… Der Mauerfall “The fall of the Berlin Wall” sounds clumsy compared to Der Mauerfall, literally, the wall-fall. In Germany, there is only one thing you could be talking about – year zero of modern Germany. Die Wende One of my earliest posts was about this word, which is used to talk … Continue reading When the Wall Came Down: Part 5

Language Shortcuts: Foreign Words for Busy People

English is fabulous, but it doesn’t have a word for everything. Some concepts can be expressed better, or at least faster, in another language.Here’s some shortcuts and curiosities from French, German, Spanish and Swedish: Y’allIn English, if you want to talk informally to a bunch of people at once, how can you address them? You’ve got “you”, or maybe “you guys” or maybe “y’all” (accent … Continue reading Language Shortcuts: Foreign Words for Busy People