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The fall of the Berlin Wall

Tag des Mauerfalls
15 Words 17 Comments
historic
historisch (adj)
historic
wall construction
Mauerbau der masc (n)
masc
wall construction
fall of the Berlin wall
Mauerfall der masc (n)
masc
fall of the Berlin wall
communism
Kommunismus der masc (n)
masc
communism
GDR
DDR die fem (n)
fem
GDR
East Berlin
Ost-Berlin
East Berlin
East Side Gallery
East Side Gallery fem
fem
East Side Gallery
Checkpoint Charlie
Checkpoint Charlie
Checkpoint Charlie
Iron Curtain
Eiserner Vorhang
Iron Curtain
break through
durchbrechen (v)
break through
national border
Staatsgrenze die fem (n)
fem
national border
border crossings
Grenzรผbergรคnge der masc (n)
masc
border crossings
wonder
Wunder das neut (n)
neut
wonder
paving stones
Pflastersteine der masc (n)
masc
paving stones
opening
ร–ffnung die fem (n)
fem
opening
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Monday at 8:16 am
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Hallo robert groulx,


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robert groulx
Monday at 6:48 am
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thank you for the vocabulary list on th berlin wall


robert

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Sunday at 11:56 pm
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Hello Saeed,


Thank you for posting. I hope you enjoy the lessons.

Don't hesitate to contact us for any questions.


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Saeed
Wednesday at 11:56 pm
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I am sure your teaching will help me to improve my German.I look forward to your lessons.

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Wednesday at 10:38 am
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Hello Fraulein Stratton,


Thank you for posting.

We include the nouns on our site in dictionary form. You can find the gender next to the word written as you can see it in this list.

In the audio and video lessons you can find the information in the Lesson Notes PDF.


Thank you for studying with us.

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Lena

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Fraulein Stratton
Tuesday at 10:01 pm
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Here's a comment, not for the online tools but for the podcast vocab lessons... every noun is masculine, feminine, or neutral so put that in the podcast vocab lessons as well! I'm refreshing my memory on food items and I know it's das Messer and der Loefel but a beginner won't let's help them out guys. The podcast just says the word "Messer" "Loefel" and so on but makes no mention if it's der die or das that goes with it.

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Friday at 4:06 pm
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Hi Mark,


Thanks for your comment.


You are right, 11/9 has some historical events, positive on the one hand is the fall of the Berlin Wall on the on the other hand, two negative events happened on this day as well: the"(Reichs-)kristallnacht" or Progromnacht (1938) and 1923 the so called "Hitler-Ludendorff-Putsch". So as you can see, the 9.11. shouldnยดt be a holiday as Germans donยดt want to celebrate days which are related to the National Socialism.

Even though the 11/9 is no official holiday, itยดs celebrated among people in Berlin. Last year (2014) the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall was celebrated on the streets as well as with shows at the Brandenburger Tor.


Let me know if you have any other questions!


Thanks,


Jennifer


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Mark Kurowski
Tuesday at 11:32 am
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The fall of the wall is indeed a momentous event! I'm simply saying that there is NO holiday in Germany on 11/9, and they picked 10/3 to be a day of celebration precisely because of the association of 11/9 with Kristallnacht (they generally call it Pogromnacht). So if during conversations with Germans we German-learners act as if 11/9 is a day that is openly celebrated, we'll get blank stares in return. I learned that the hard way. :-(

David
Tuesday at 9:29 am
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Ah! You are right! Kristallnacht--"The Night of Broken Glass". I had not thought about the date for that, and you are right to say the Wall's demise should not overshadow the importance of what took place so many years earlier. However, I suspect many in Germany are only too happy to not be reminded of that shameful event. Nonetheless, I think almost all Germans want very much to put their sordid past behind them, and are contrite about what occurred.


Still, the fall of the Berlin Wall is, indeed, an event worthy of celebration. There was a tremendous amount of heartbreak that occurred when the Wall came into being. This was especially noticeable in the early days of the Wall, when family members, now separated, could still approach the wall and touch each other across it. Shortly thereafter, a "no man's land" was created on the eastern side which prevented this. Incredibly, once the Wall fell, the West German government wasted little time putting the two Germany's back together, at great cost and sacrifice. That's what German Unity Day is all about. The resilience of Germany is pretty amazing, and we now have a German Chancellor who was raised in "the East"!


So, maybe it isn't so bad after all that this date has two notable events to memorialize. While they are distinctly different events, they are inexorably linked by the chain of events.

Mark Kurowski
Tuesday at 4:12 am
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You are seriously WRONG about 11/9 being a day of celebration. Yes, the Wall fell, but 11/9 is also the day of very bad things in Nazi Germany (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristallnacht ).


The real day of celebration is called German Unity Day, which is 10/3 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Unity_Day ).