Buchstabensalat mit Tiefeneffekt
From preserving nearly extinct languages to learning the lingua france, words are the basis for communication.
From "döner murders" to "moors' heads," German is full of discriminatory terms. Each year, a jury of prominent linguists announces the "Faux Pas Word of the Year" - but there is no shortage to choose from. (15.01.2013)
A German publisher has plans to rerelease a classic children's book - without the racist words found in the original. Experts are split on whether the past should be cleaned up, or preserved so it can be discussed. (11.01.2013)
For those learning German, choosing between the informal "du" and the formal "Sie" to address someone can be tricky. But even for native German speakers, it's getting harder to decide - after all, language changes. (05.01.2013)
For years, Latin has barely had a pulse as a subject of serious study. Now, a student-led renaissance is underway in Germany, with many schools playing catch-up. The trend, however, has not spread to other countries. (18.09.2012)
The European Union can seem impenetrable to outsiders. But in the past few years, the EU has taken a number of active steps to improve transparency. They’ve started by tackling the issue of jargon-heavy language. (18.09.2012)
Young refugees are learning German with the classics. Performing modified and modernized versions of works by Goethe gives them the courage and confidence they need to participate in a new, foreign society. (03.09.2012)
German is often considered a difficult language with very confusing rules of grammar. But the European debt crisis seems to help German to some sort of a renaissance. Language courses are in high demand. (19.08.2012)
When was the last time you listened to a bedtime story? The International Day of the Book would be a good time to open your ears and listen to a gripping tale - whether read from a book or told by a storyteller.
No one likes a pain in the neck.
I smell what you did last night...
Few authors have had their works produced on stage and turned into films as often as William Shakespeare. Since the 18th century, his birth date has been April 23, but nobody knows for sure when exactly he was born.
Paul Van Haver, best known as Stromae, shot to fame after the release of his electro hit "Alors on danse" a few years ago. Not only is the young artist one of the most successful musicians in his native Belgium, he's also become a symbol for modern Belgian identity.
Composer and musician Beat Halberschmidt has been in the business a long time. Apart from touring with German rapper Marteria and running his own recording studio, he's also developed a smartphone app to help people discover the best cross-genre live events in Berlin.
A half-hour take of youth and lifestyle topics
Live recordings from Germany's concert scene
Ask people what German bands they've heard of, and they're likely to say Rammstein or Kraftwerk. But Germany's pop landscape is diverse with a lot to discover. DW presents concerts and portraits in this monthly podcast.
Each week our Arts.21 reporters scour Germany's cultural scene and present you with a selection of their best finds.
© 2014 Deutsche Welle | Legal notice | Contact