German May folk song with English translation

This song is an anonymous German folk song. It is about the beautiful May, when everything is blossoming. I would like to share this song with you. The German song and its English translation were published in the Penguin Book of German Verse. The month May is one of the most beautiful months in theContinue reading “German May folk song with English translation”

German April song

Like the British, the Germans like to play tricks on the first of April. Unlike other nations, Germans like to spread some fake news on this very day. These news are funny, abstruse and untrue. Here are some examples: The Big Ben will be digitalised. The Eiffel Tower will be dismantled. We have a specialContinue reading “German April song”

German March songs

Here is now a selection of German folk and children songs about the month ‘March’. These folk songs are sung at this time of year in German speaking kindergartens. They celebrate the change of season: the winter is going and the springtime is approaching. The farmer is getting his fields ready, the birds are returningContinue reading “German March songs”

Translation of books

Translating books into another language is a difficult endeavour. Translating songs is even more complex. The translator has to keep in mind the stanza, the language spoken at this historic period and the syntax of the sentence. I love Heinrich Heine’ s ‘Book of songs’ which is available on Amazon. More about Heinrich Heine’s BookContinue reading “Translation of books”

Are you living in the UK and have a German mum?

Then I know the right present for her on Mother’s Day. This item is called a ‘Topflappen’ in German and it is mainly decorative. There are many more creations to choose from in my Online Shop.  You can also make your own. You will find further instructions in my blog. Remember that Mother’s Day inContinue reading “Are you living in the UK and have a German mum?”

A beautiful autumn poem in German

I harvested my pears. While picking the pears from the tree I remembered a German poem that I learned in school. It is not spoken in High German but Platdeutsch, which is a dialect in the Northern parts of Germany. This poem was written by Theodor Fontane. The poem is about a generous Earl whoContinue reading “A beautiful autumn poem in German”