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Biography: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Biography: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was a German poet and theater director. He wrote many poems, dramas and prose literature. He is known worldwide today. As a child, Goethe lived with his family in Frankfurt and received a very good education. He also studied many languages. Later on he studied law, though he only wanted to write and as such […]

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Biography: Severo Ochoa

Biography: Severo Ochoa

Severo Ochoa de Albornoz was a Spanish-American doctor and biochemist. He is best known for winning the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1959. He was born in Spain in 1905.

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Grammar Tips: German Word Order

In statements, the initial conjugated verb is always the second element. All other words appear in the following sequence: Time + Manner + Place Time: “tomorrow” or “Wednesday of next week.” Manner: how something is carried out “with my sister” or “on foot.” Place: can refer to any location “Toronto” or “in the garden.” Option A: (Time) + (verb) + […]

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Cultural Corner: Paella

Cultural Corner: Paella

Paella is a popular dish of the Valencia region in Spain. Although it has ancient roots, its modern version was created in the mid-nineteenth century.

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Biography: Dolores Huerta

Biography: Dolores Huerta

Dolores Clara Fernández Huerta was born on April 10, 1930 in New Mexico. Her grandparents had come to the United States from Mexico. Her father was a coal miner and agricultural worker. Her parents divorced when she was only three years old and she and her two brothers were raised by her mother in Stockton, California

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Biography: Miguel de Cervantes

Biography: Miguel de Cervantes

Miguel de Cervantes was a Spanish writer who is considered to be the greatest writer in the Spanish language of all time as well as the writer of one of the world’s first novels. Cervantes is best known for his masterpiece Don Quixote which has been translated into more languages than any other book on earth except for the Bible.

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Cultural Corner: Carnival

Cultural Corner: Carnival

Carnival is celebrated throughout the Catholic world approximately five weeks before Easter every year. It is a time of celebration.

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Hildegard von Bingen Biography

Hildegard von Bingen Biography

Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) was a Benedictine nun and a German mystic of the Middle Ages. She dealt with such diverse disciplines as religion, medicine, biology and music.

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Biography: Selena

Biography: Selena

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was born on April 16, 1971 in Texas. She is known as the queen of Tejano music, which is a combination of music from Texas and Mexico and is very popular among the Mexican-American populations of southern and central Texas.

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Common German Idioms

Common German Idioms

Idioms can be fun and a challenge to learn in a foreign language. Here are some great ones in German!

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