A poem about March 2020

When I read Irene Vella’s poem Ma la primavera non sapeva nulla, that went viral on social media (and beyond), I couldn’t refrain myself from translating it into German. Although this poem has already been translated into several languages, I felt the urge to have a German version too, German and Italian being the two […]

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Dutch and German: what do they have in common?

Learning a new language is always very exciting. Especially when the new language we’re learning is similar to one we already know. These similarities can be at different levels (phonetical, lexical, syntactical etc.). The Dutch language belongs to the West-German branch of the Indoeuropean languages and is actually close to German (and Swissgerman). [The simplified […]

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Saint Nicholas’ legend vs Santa Claus…

      Sinterklaas or Nikolaus, San Nicola etc. in European countries is based on the legendary figure of St Nicholas. Born in 271 AD to a rich Greek family in Asia Minor in in the city of Patara (Lycia et Pamphylia), he was very religious from an early age. His parents died by an […]

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