The Local’s top ten lists of the year
The Local · 25 Dec 2013, 13:50
Published: 25 Dec 2013 13:50 GMT+01:00
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Word nerds were shocked in June when "Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz," (meaning "law for the delegation of monitoring beef labelling") was stricken from Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania's regional law books - causing Germany to lose its longest word. The Local set out to prove there are still plenty of ridiculously over-sized compound nouns to take its place.
Barack Obama visited Berlin in June. Though he may be a skilled orator, the US President had a hard act to follow to match the profundity of Gorbachev's "tear down that wall" and John F. Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner." We took a look at what other Americans have had to say about Germany.
As fun as it would be to think Germans lived for drinking beer, driving fast cars and parading around in fancy leather shorts, these clichés do not do justice to life in the land of sausage. So we came up with a raft of commonly-held misconceptions about the Germans
Only those who don't live here think of Germans as calm, rational people. Anyone with a passing acquaintance with the fascinating culture knows that the German psyche is a surreal labyrinth of myths, folk-tales, half-remembered statistics brought up at dinner parties, and blind faith in homeopathy.
Do you wait religiously for the green man? Do you leave passive-aggressive notes on your neighbours' bikes? You may have been in Germany too long. We diagnosed the various stages of this serious condition.
Pee sitting down and make eye contact while clinking glasses and you can't go far wrong. Back in May, we came up with some essential etiquette tips for those on their first sojourn through Germany.
Germany may not have embraced Halloween with the enthusiasm of other countries, but it has plenty of spooky spots. To celebrate the eerie festival, we listed the most haunted places in the country.
From politicians hoping to win votes through cookery videos, singing in parliament and handing out free toothbrushes while clad in a straw hat, the German election campaign has had some cringeworthy moments.
The dating game can be a minefield, particularly in a foreign country. We took a look at five reasons to woo a German and five not to.
Blogger Oh God, My Wife Is German and The Local looked at ten common complaints from Germans lucky enough to fall in love with expats.