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Hi, everybody! In this lesson, you'll learn some important phrases for Christmas in Germany and some valuable cultural tips.
In German, Christmas is called...
[slowly] Weihnachten
Christmas is a happy time spent with family.
The season is traditionally celebrated with a church service for the religious, a Christmas stroll, and a large dinner on Christmas Eve.
On Weihnachten, or "Christmas Day," Germans greet each other by saying Frohe Weihnachten!
(slow) Frohe Weihnachten!
It means "Merry Christmas!"
When you meet someone on Christmas day, be sure to greet them with this phrase.
German people celebrate the holiday with their own special events and customs. The most popular food to eat on Christmas is...
gebratene Gans
(slow) gebratene Gans
It means "roasted goose."
Roasted goose is a favorite dish on the Christmas table.
Some people stuff it with apples, sweet chestnuts, or onions. Traditionally, the dish is also known as Weihnachtsgans, which means 'Christmas Goose.'
Let's wrap up this lesson by recapping what you've learned. Listen to the words and repeat after me.
* beep
"Merry Christmas"
Frohe Weihnachten!
* beep
Frohe Weihnachten!
gebratene Gans
* beep
gebratene Gans
Well done! [pause] Here's a fun fact! Which German composer composed the most famous Christmas songs?
It is Johann Sebastian Bach, who lived in the 17th century. He composed the Christmas Oratorio for church performances during Christmas. To this day, it is famous and performed around the world.
You just learned about how Germans celebrate Christmas and some important facts about the holiday.
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See you soon! Bis bald.