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German Culture and Travel

Learning more about the culture and the places you can use your new language skills is all part of your learning adventure. If you’re looking for some extra cultural tips or you have an experience to share, welcome! You can browse the topics, do a search in the top right corner of this page, or start a new topic at the bottom. Don’t be shy!

Two youtube channels I found useful

I found these channels useful after going though the Rocket course and starting on revision. Learn German with Anja https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZwegPHTG4gvnR0WLzaq5OQ A very lively and animated presenter who talks about life in Germany and her travels, also have quite a few lessons on...

8 replies - Last post by JDP3 -
Apr 9, 2018

'Look Who's Back' a german political satire on Netflix

Look who's back is very funny if you don't find it offensive. The premise is that Hitler wakes up in a park in Berlin in the 2014. Naturally he is confused by what he sees and a down at heel journalist finds him and gets him on TV where he rants about the situation in Germany much to everyone's...

0 replies - Last post by sfpugh -
Jan 4, 2018

Dark - new German language TV series on Netflix

Netflix has just released a new German language TV show called dark. It appears to be mystery about missing children, time shifting and odd goings on at a mysterious government facility.  It looks as though it should be pretty good if you like that kind of...

7 replies - Last post by Grant-K1 -
Dec 28, 2017

Sonnenallee aGerman film on youtube.

"A group of kids grow up on the short, wrong (east) side of the Sonnenallee in Berlin, right next to one of the few border crossings between East and West reserved for German citizens.  The antics of these kids, their families, of the "West German" friends and relatives who come to visit, and...

1 reply - Last post by Grant-K1 -
Dec 23, 2017

How widely is English understood/spoken in Germany?

I am travelling to Germany next year as a tourist.  I am doing Rocket German partly for personal interest and partly because I like to try to speak at least a bit of the language whenever I visit a country.  However, I have been to some European countries where, at least in the main tourist...

7 replies - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor -
Nov 1, 2017

How to sort out my coffees in Germany?

As an Australian coffee lover intending to travel in Germany, I need to get my coffee terminology sorted out.  In Australia and New Zealand, many people drink a type of coffee referred to as a "flat white".  The Australian flat white is probably closest to a latte in that it is still creamy...

1 reply - Last post by sfpugh -
Jul 31, 2017

German Bands & Singers

Hi everyone, Thought listening to German music might help me improve and I was hoping someone might be able to point me in the direction of some good German speaking (or should I say singing) artists or bands? Thanks, Rosie :)

10 replies - Last post by Grant-K1 -
Mar 3, 2017

Start Deutsch 1

hello guys I want to ask how many units should i finish to be eligible for Start Deutsch 1

6 replies - Last post by David K -
Aug 2, 2016

German Sweets

I am going to Germany in a little while and was wondering if anyone knew of any must-have German sweets or candies that you can't get anywhere else. Anything that stores well for the flight back would also be good for souvenirs to help reminisce later about the trip. Danke.

3 replies - Last post by David K -
Aug 2, 2016

Problem with language and Culture

I had over 1100 point today 9 June 2016. but It didn't  get credit for it. Also, while working with language  and culture lessons. the program stop running and when it started back all the lesson I completed were gone. This seems like an old problem with the new program system. I thought this...

5 replies - Last post by Peter--252 -
Jun 21, 2016

Annett Louisan - Zu viel Information

Hello, Anybody want to fix my mistakes? Fun song. A bit fast, but if you want to learn to pronounce "Information" this is perfect. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzbJDZDPW_o Annett Louisan - Zu viel Information Ihr Dekollete. Zu viel Information. Seine OP. Zu viel Information. Dein großer...

8 replies - Last post by Peter--252 -
Apr 7, 2016

dialects and surrounding languages

I've been listening to playlists of what seems to be contemporary Germanic folk, dance and yodeling offerings. I've seen tons now and the majority seems to be something other than the German. Could someone type a short list of the languages or dialects (around this area where there's a focus on...

0 replies - Last post by landser -
Jan 10, 2016

Visiting Düsseldorf

Hello Everybody, I will be visiting Düsseldorf (duesseldorf) in March from 18th to 22nd and I am looking to identify what events are happening there that would make sense (i.e. I'm not ready for an opera or even a film without subtitles). Can anybody make specific suggestions on must-see...

2 replies - Last post by jason☺ -
Apr 23, 2015

Learning german in English

Hallo! Ich heiße Chris Im from Tijuana, Mexico (north part of Mexico, in the border between Baja California and California). Spanish is my first language , but i also speak english, so im basically learning German my second language which is English whit Rocket German. The reason why i...

18 replies - Last post by jason☺ -
Feb 12, 2015

Any good German TV Shows?

I'm looking for interesting German TV shows, and NOT soaps. I don't mean the news, and I don't mean good American TV shows that are dubbed into German. I mean high quality German TV that's entertaining and will keep me engaged. The only thing I have been able to find is Tatort, but I'm also...

4 replies - Last post by jason☺ -
Feb 8, 2015

World Cup Winners!!!!

Herzlichen glückwunsch für das World Cup Fußball gewinner Deutschland!!!!

3 replies - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca -
Jul 14, 2014

Biographies

Paul, Are you native born and raised German, or second generation American brought up speaking the language of your parents? A couple of remarks in a past answer in the grammar section made me wonder, ie, "thinking about another trip; knocking the rust off", as well as your deciding to study...

2 replies - Last post by Marvin-W -
Jul 13, 2014

lattinattack48

is it better than Chinese's culture

2 replies - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca -
Mar 25, 2014

Learning Curve

Just bought the course and was wondering how long it was taking everyone to get "proficient" (meaning able to get by with the basics i.e., greeting, getting around, ordering in restaurants, etc.). I know this is subjective, so how long did you practice on average each day/week and then how long...

9 replies - Last post by Sully -
Feb 27, 2014

Points earned not recorded

Completed lessons stopped accumulating credit points earned and posted to my badge total. These are fresh lessons. They are not repeated attempts at a completed lesson or practice sessions.

5 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 -
Jan 21, 2014

German Soaps

I have a friend learning Spanish. She found a Spanish soap opera with subtitles that have helped her. Could I find anything like this in German?

2 replies - Last post by Lynn-S25 -
Jan 12, 2014

Der Acken vs die Hacken

In Lesson 12.6 the word for Heel is der Hacken but, in the test for Lesson 12.7 is die Hcken. I answered as der Hacken and it shows as wrong. Which is correct? Thank you

3 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber -
Dec 14, 2013

Addressing a waiter/waitress

In lesson 19.4 Matthias hails his waitress with a problem regarding his order with " Hallo, Bedienung!". It was translated as "Excuse me. Waitress!" Is "hallo" a little less than polite in this situation? Would it have been better if he had said Enschuldige or Enschuldigen Sie? In modern US...

2 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 -
Oct 3, 2013

Typo on Tourist Info Center PDF, 2.1

t seems there is a typo vs speaker saying the phrase in lesson 2.1 Tourist Info Center, Know It, as follows:Printing out the PDF, practice sheet states: Genießen Sie Opero? It seems to me the speaker is saying Genießen Sie Oper? vs Opero.

2 replies - Last post by ed-usn-retired -
Jul 19, 2013

Doggie Bags?

Does anyone know if it's acceptable to ask for a doggie bag at a German restaurant? Sometime I just can't make it through a big meal at one sitting.

4 replies - Last post by Courtney-F -
Jul 9, 2013

Popularity of English in Gemany

Do people normally communicate in English in Germany ? How popular is it ?

3 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 -
Jul 7, 2013

Help in Germany

Hi, If I were to travel to Germany not knowing a hell of a lot of German, is it easy to find people who speak English like the police or people in hotels, restaurants, bus stations and the sort? Cheers Tonny

17 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 -
Jun 26, 2013

Planning to buy a house and eventually move to Schleswig-Holstein

Hello I am still Leaning Deutsch ;) I am planning to invest buying a home either Schleswig or Hamburg areas! This is a plan for the future but I'm so sure of it! I just love Germany, I was there a year ago but more south around Munich, The reason why I am looking to invest so far North is...

5 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 -
May 2, 2013

Time confusion

Hi Paul, In lesson 18.2 'German Punctuality' Mathias says, "Hmm, schon halb sieben und Alex ist noch immer nicht hier". Halb sieben is translated as 6:30. In lesson 21.3 'Ab in die Schule' Sabine says, "Andreas, jetzt komm schon! Es ist schon halb sieben. In this case halb sieben is...

1 reply - Last post by Paul-Weber -
Feb 2, 2013

Test of German

Hallo Alle, I'm new here and I want to know what Test of German could I sit when I finish the first level of Rocket German. I'm going to Germany on August to travel as an trainee. I think would be good if I had a grade in some proficiency test. Thx and sorry for my english mistakes too!

1 reply - Last post by Byron-K21 -
Feb 1, 2013

Trip results

We have returned from 2 weeks in Germany. What a wonderful experience! I found many occasions where what I learned in Rocket German helped me in the daily activities. And, of course, many where I needed assistance! For my first meal there, I had Rindergoulash, of course! My hubby had...

15 replies - Last post by Renan-S -
Jan 30, 2013

Translation help

Hi Paul. I guess this is loosely "culture": In the Platinum bonus lesson on humour, there is a joke about a married couple who go hiking in the mountains and fall into a gully. Is it possible to get a written transcript of this one (written out in German, not English)? It's about the only...

2 replies - Last post by Shannon-S -
Jan 22, 2013

Family exchange in Germany

Where can I find people that want o exchange houses

1 reply - Last post by Gee-Yem -
Nov 2, 2012

Trip to Vienna

Hi! I'll be leaving in a few weeks for Wien - 7 days stay. I'm very excited and I hope that a week is enough to see all the major sights- the royal buildings, churches, the Opera, the zoo etc. etc. Should I include a 13 hour bus trip to Salzburg (8 hours of traveling) too or not? Besides the...

1 reply - Last post by Paul-Weber -
Apr 12, 2012

any german people that want to help me to speak in german language .... new one here

Hallo, Ich komme aus Indonesien. Ich spreche Deutsch aber nur ein bißchen, und Ich verstehe nur ein wenig Deutsch. Ich verstehe besser Englisch als Deutsch Deshalb brauche ich Hilfe von euch allen für die Führung mich, Deutsch zu lernen mit der richtigen und vollständigen. sorry if my...

1 reply - Last post by Paul-Weber -
Mar 22, 2012

Use of the Language and Culture Lessons

Now, I cringe to ask this question, as on the surface it sounds like a high-school student not wanting to do "any more work than necessary". Its just my time is fairly limited (I work 12 hours a day, plus 6hrs/day on the weekend) and I am going to Germany in August. That is my context. So my...

2 replies - Last post by Rocket-Languages -
Mar 22, 2012

Is there any American chocolate candy that isn't available in Germany?

My friend in Germany sent me some German chocolate (yummy!!), so now I want to send her some chocolate from America. Is there anything that I can buy here that isn't available over there? I read that they don't have Reese's Peanutbutter Cups over there. Does anyone know of anything besides that...

4 replies - Last post by Brandon-Z -
Dec 19, 2011

German Language Schools in Bremen

Guten Tag! I'm being transferred to Bremen from April and I'd like to know if someone could recommend a decent language school there. I've already bookmarked a few that I've googled but would appreciate any recommendations. Danke, John

7 replies - Last post by peter--3 -
Oct 11, 2011

First time i used German.

Hi Everyone! Meine name ist Ken. I just wanted to share the first time i used German as it was a proud moment for me. I had previously booked a hotel room on a website for 2 nights, i really wanted three nights. When the third night became available i quickly cancelled my booking and then...

7 replies - Last post by Brad-- -
Jul 15, 2011

Train Travel

Hallo! I am traveling to Germany in December of this year & have questions about cost and availability of train travel. I am landing in Frankfurt & will be immediately leaving for Hamburg. 2 days later I will leave for Nurnberg. 2 days later, Amtzell, followed by Munich & finally...

9 replies - Last post by Gregory-B -
May 31, 2011

Is there a German saying about being a sea?

Meine lieblings deutsche Band, Silbermond, hat ein Lied das heißt, "Meer Sein." Es gibt zwei Zeilen: "Wir könnten viel mehr sein Lasst uns ein Meer sein " Kommt "Lasst uns ein Meer sein" aus eine deutsche Redensart? Wisst jemand hier was das bedeutet? "We should be more, let's be an ocean"...

2 replies - Last post by PA-deutsch-lover -
May 7, 2011

not travelling to Germany for a while

Guten morgen (sp?) I purchased my Rocket German course a few months ago and haven't started it yet since we probably aren't going to Germany until 2010 (why'd I buy it so early , you ask? I dunno.) I was concerned that my links, downloads, etc that I have saved in my documents folder and my...

7 replies - Last post by Kenneth-M2 -
Mar 15, 2011

Quest Toad for Oracle Xpert 8.0

I wonder why Luxembourg is becaming a place for the spamers :evil:

3 replies - Last post by Ilgar-A -
Mar 2, 2011

Moving to Innsbruck

Halo! Grüß Gott! I have purchased Rocket German, as I plan to move to Innsbruck with my partner in January 2010. I have so many questions I don't know where to begin- but I would be very grateful for ANY help or advice! I am American, but my partner is Italian. He is an Engineer and has been...

6 replies - Last post by katherineh -
Jan 26, 2010

Travel Buddy to Germany

Hello All, I've been listening to my Rocket German and More Rocket German for a few months now. Although I am far from fluent, I'd still like to travel to Germany to try it out and learn more. If anyone out there wants a travel buddy, let me know. Sometimes it's a little easier on the wallet...

1 reply - Last post by Stephanie -
Oct 1, 2009

Holiday in December

I am from Australia and going to Duesseldorf in December to see a sweetheart. I also have a job interview in Weissenhorn at the same time with a company called Peri. Can anyone tell me how far from Duesseldorf to Weissenhorn? FrankF

4 replies - Last post by -
Aug 20, 2008

Bus/Tram Map for Berlin

Hello, does anyone know where I could buy on the web a bus and tram map for Berlin? (The U- and S-bahn will only take me partway to where I need to go.) I would like to get the bus/tram map before I go there, as I have limited time and must visit two cemeteries, which I think are in very far...

2 replies - Last post by xocwjjb -
Apr 21, 2008

Berlin und Muenchen!

:D Hi! Ich fahre nach Berlin im September mit meine Mutter. Ich mache reisen fuer die (oder das/der) Berlin Marathon! We're traveling from NYC to Berlin, then from Berlin to Munich via plane. Then from Munich to Prague via train. I'm up to lesson 2.4 and my mother is just now learning to say...

1 reply - Last post by -
Aug 1, 2007

Hiking in Westfalia

In May, we will be going to Germany, staying in Mechernich, which is, according to my maps, near both the Eifel Park and at least part of the Rheinsteig trail (the Bonn end). My biggest problem is being able to find books about hiking there in English. I was able to get a brochure about the...

5 replies - Last post by Judywan -
Apr 19, 2007

Best time to travel (inexpensive)

My husband just found his mother in Germany. He was adopted by Americans in the 1950's. They tried to speak on the phone, but she speaks only a few words of English, and he speaks very little German. After 10 minutes they gave up. I plan to order this course to help. We'd used to live in...

4 replies - Last post by -
Feb 27, 2007

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