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Archive for February 2010

Now that the time of snow melting has come you might want to talk about your winter leasure time activities:

There are two basic forms of skiing: Very popular is downhill skiing, which is called Abfahrtsschi in German, and it is probably quite damaging to the environment. The other form is cross-country skiing, which is Langlaufschi in German. It is supposed to be more environmentally-friendly (umweltfreundlich), and it is more exhausting from my experience, but supposed to be an old people´s sport.

For more words to learn and discuss, join our meetings on Tuesdays, so see you then!

Last Tuesday, we were talking about the purchase of data of German tax evaders by the German government. We came across the following words:

  • tax evader = Steuerhinterzieher
  • Hehler = fence
  • Hehlerei = receiving of stolen goods, fence (marked as slang)

We also found a proverb in this context:

The fence is worse than the thief

So much for some words which fit into the current discussion in Germany!


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