I’ve been living in Thuringia for a bit, and I have to wonder, the passion and love that people have for cake in this region is something shared throughout the country? Everyone loves cake at any time for any occasion!

Yes… cake. It’s popular all over Germany and the varieties are endless. Some are regional, some are based on super secret family recipes, some are currently in fashion, many are popular all over the country. Of course there is our famous Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake) afternoon ritual, and, particularly in coastal areas of the North also the TEA and cake ritual. Depending on time available and personal habits, this ritual may take place every day, just on the weekend, only on Sunday or at family gatherings, or never, around the hours of 3 and 5 pm (Kaffeezeit). Visiting relatives in different states, I have noticed that the people of Hessen and Baden-Württemberg/Schwaben even serve leftover cake or pastries for breakfast. Have not seen this in my Northern areas but it probably also just varies between families. Hope you‘re enjoying your time in Thüringen and all the cake. 🙂

German Food tag: http://willkommen-in-germany.tumblr.com/search/german+food

Cake tag: http://willkommen-in-germany.tumblr.com/search/cake

Bakeries: http://willkommen-in-germany.tumblr.com/search/bakeries

Kaffee und Kuchen: http://willkommen-in-germany.tumblr.com/search/kaffee+und+kuchen

I’ve started to learn German with an app called duolingo , the thing is they don’t explain the reasons some words are used sometimes and sometimes not for exemple I don’t really understand the difference between das die and der . Could I get any help please? Also keep up your blog it’s amazing

Yes… The der/die/das is one of the most difficult parts for people studying our language. Der is used for masculine nouns, die for feminine, das for neutral. Native speakers know intuitively which one to use — as a student of German, it will be best to memorize the correct article right along with the noun from the very beginning as there are no proper/logical rules for all the words, and I mean that literally. In vocabulary lists to study from, add the articles in front of the nouns and simply memorize the 2 together. At some point, it will stick and you will get a feel for these combinations. There ARE a few guidelines, for example:

The following nouns have the article DER:

Nouns for masculine persons/functions/professions: Vater, Pilot, Arzt;
Names of seasons: Frühling, Sommer, Herbst, Winter;
Names of months: Januar, Juli, Dezember;
Names of days of the week: Montag, Dienstag, Sonntag;
Names of compass directions: Nordwesten, Süden;
Names of precipitations: Regen, Schnee, Hagel;
Names of car brands: Audi, BMW, Mercedes;
Names of trains: IC; ICE
Nouns derived from verbs without suffix: Gang, Fang;
The following categories of nouns have mainly the article der:
Names of alcoholic beverages: Cognac, Wein, Whiskey; but: das Bier;
Names of rivers outside Europe: Amazonas, Nil, Ganges;
Names of mountains: Mont Blanc, Kilimanjaro; but: die Zugspitze;
Furthermore, nouns with the suffixes below have the article der:
–er (nouns derived from verbs): Fahrer, Lehrer;
–ismus: Kapitalismus, Journalismus;
Most of nouns with the following suffixes have the article der:
–ant: Demonstrant, Elefant; but: das Croissant, das Restaurant;
–ling: Lehrling, Schützling; but: das Dribbling, das Bowling;
–ner: Rentner, Schaffner, Zöllner; but: das Banner, die Wiener Wurst;
–or: Motor, Traktor; but: das Gegentor, das Chlor;
Beware: this is applicable only to nouns in singular. All nouns in plural have the article die. Also: diminutives have always the article das: der Kopf → das Köpfchen.

The following nouns have the article DIE:

Nouns for feminine persons/functions/professions: Mutter, Friseuse, Ärztin;
Names of motorcycle brands: Harley Davidson, Yamaha;
Names of planes and ships: Boeing 747, Titanic;
Cardinal numbers: Eins, Drei;
The following categories of nouns have mainly the article die:
Names of plants and trees: Birke, Chrysantheme, Rose;
exceptions: der Ahorn, das Veilchen;
Furthermore, nouns with the suffixes below have the article die:
-falt: Vielfalt;
–heit: Freiheit, Sicherheit;
–keit: Möglichkeit, Schnelligkeit;
–schaft: Freundschaft, Mannschaft;
–t (nouns derived from verbs): Fahrt, Tat;
–ung: Leitung, Zeitung;
Foreign nouns with the suffixes below have the article die:
–ade: Hitparade, Marmelade;
–age: Garage, Passage;
–anz: Eleganz, Dominanz;
–enz: Existenz, Tendenz;
–ik: Kritik, Musik;
–ion: Diskussion, Koalition;
–tät: Identität, Qualität;
–ur: Agentur, Reparatur;
Most of nouns with the following suffixes have the article die:
-e: Grenze, Lampe; but: der Junge, der Friede;
–ei: Abtei, Metzgerei; but: das Ei, der Papagei;
–ie: Diplomatie, Psychologie; but: der Junkie, der Hippie;
–in: Ärztin, Studentin; but: das Benzin, der Harlekin;
Beware: diminutives have always the article das: die Hand → das Händchen.

The following nouns have the article DAS:

Diminutives (–chen, –lein): Kaninchen, Fräulein;
Nouns derived from infinitives: Essen, Schreiben;
Nouns derived from adjectives: Gute, Böse;
Names of colors: Rot, Gelb, Blau;
The following categories of nouns have mainly the article das:

Almost all of the 112 known chemical elements: Aluminium, Kupfer, Uran; 6 exceptions: der Kohlenstoff, der Sauerstoff, der Stickstoff, der Wasserstoff, der Phosphor, der Schwefel;
Names of metals: Blei, Messing, Zinn; but: die Bronze, der Stahl;
Fractions: Drittel (⅓), Viertel (¼); but: die Hälfte (½);
Furthermore, nouns with the suffixes below have the article das:
–ial: Material, Potenzial;
Most of nouns with the following suffixes have the article das:
–ment: Instrument, Parlament; but: der Konsument, der Zement;
–nis: Ergebnis, Tennis; but: die Fahrerlaubnis, die Wildnis;
–o: Auto, Konto; but: die Avocado, der Euro;
–tum: Quantum, Ultimatum; but: der Reichtum, der Irrtum;
–um (nouns of Latin origin): Publikum, Museum, Stadium;
Beware: this is applicable only to nouns in singular. All nouns in plural have the article die.

Words with more Articles: There are also many nouns with more articles. In some cases, the article determines the meaning of the word:

der Band (hardcover book), die Band (music group), das Band (tape);
der Lama (buddhist priest), das Lama (animal);
der Kiwi (bird), die Kiwi (fruit);
Sometimes, two or three articles are possible and can depend on local dialect use or there being no national agreement yet which article to use with Fremdwörtern (words coming from other languages like English, which doesn’t have gendered articles).

Good luck with your language studies and thanks. 🙂

How catholic is Bavaria? I’ve always read that Bavaria is catholic and conservative unlike the rest of Germany which is Protestant/atheist and liberal. And what are some good places in Bavaria to visit? If I ever go to Europe I’m making sure I go to Austria, Bavaria and Poland

It’s true, Bavaria is… unique and apart from the other 15 states of Germany and it’s the only place with Lederhosen. 😉 It‘s where many of the „German“ cliches and stereotypes come from. It probably still is the most Catholic and the most conservative/religious place in Germany overall, even though this used to be far more so decades ago. Altbayern has long been Catholic, the regions of Franken (Franconia) and Schwaben (Swabia) have always been more diverse with both Catholics and Protestants. In 1925, 70% of Bavarians were Catholic, 29% Protestant, 0.7% Jewish, 0.5% other. By 2014, 52% were Catholic, 20% Protestant, 4% Muslim, and 24% are not religious or other. More on religion in Germany here: http://willkommen-in-germany.tumblr.com/search/religion

Popular places to visit in Bavaria include München (Munich), Berchtesgaden, Neuschwanstein castle, Hohenschwangau, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and these http://www.planetware.com/tourist-attractions-/bavaria-state-d-ba-ba.htm among many other places. Also check out my Bavaria tag to decide where you might want to go: http://willkommen-in-germany.tumblr.com/search/bavaria
Have fun.

schon was zu Sankt Martin oder dem Kölner Karneval gemacht? (real shit)

Ja, Karneval-Tag ist hier:

Hello. I want to do my MA/PhD in English Literature in Germany but I’m honestly lost about the whole process. How exactly does DAAD scholarship work? How do I even find a good uni that teaches Eng Lit? What areas are cheaper to live in? Any good university areas? Honestly answering any of these would be helpful.

Shouldn‘t you be studying English Lit in an English-speaking country instead of Germany? Or did you want to study English Lit in German? 😁