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Friends help friends with learning German! Additionally to our regular meetings on Tuesdays, we are introducing a meeting on Mondays at a Berlin location to learn phrases and words to be able to communicate in German instantly and use it in German context. We are starting with the topics introducing oneself, buying something, asking the way and using numbers.

This is no commercial language course and absolutely free. It is there for friends getting assistance from friends. If you are interested in participating, contact berlinfriendsclub@arcor.de.

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During our last Friends Club meeting, somebody brought this up:

Everybody knows the feeling that after a good round of walking, running or playing football or tennis, there is a funny feeling in your muscles which makes it nearly unable to move.

In German, the word is “Muskelkater”. But there is no use translating it literally, as for “Muskel” the English word is “muscle”, but the German word “Kater” means “tom cat” in English, That does not make any sense. Still, there is another meaning for “Kater” in English: “hangover”! And this gets us nearer to the meaning of “Muskelkater”, as you use “Kater” in German for any state of physical indisposition coming from a reason such as too much alcohol or physical exercise.

So, for the German word “Muskelkater” you would use “sore muscles” or “aching muscles”, as the LEO dictionary tells us. The Google translater only knows “ache”, which is fairly unspecific.

For more of these discussions, why don´t you join us at Berlin Friends Club? You will get a warm welcome and you can sure to spend some joyful, interesting hours each Tuesday.

See you then!

Last Tuesday, we talked about wintertime in Berlin. Currently, we have temperatures around freezing, but the sun is shining. From Friday on, so the forecast says, we will have storm, low temperatures and snow or sleet. Watch out!

Some of our friends from the south of the US, Japan, Brazil and South Africa are dreading the winter. They think it is cold enough, even now. Indeed, winter can impair public life quite a lot. In former winters, we had obstructions in public transport, such as the S-Bahn; automatic doors could not close and switches were frozen and couldn´t move. As to city streets, total chaos is likely if snow falls. People cannot reach work on time or not at all. Berlin is just not prepared for this sort of weather.

There is just one thing to do: Stay calm, don´t panic, and wait for better weather.

Have a nice and safe winter!


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