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TV Pack

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

“TV Pack” is a collection of 4 transcripts, each in their own PDF file. The pack is a ZIP file containing the 4 PDFs and is available from the AllThingsGerman Download Store.

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Lametta

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Lametta is a Christmas decoration found in German homes and in particular on Christmas trees.  Similar to tinsel, it is hung over the branches to simulate icicles.

Originally it was made from a substance called “Stanniol”, which is Tin (Sn) flattened to make it into a foil.

To add weight to the Lametta, lead or even silver were added.  Often this meant that it was used on New Year’s Eve for Bleigießen.  However, modern Lametta is often made of plastic.

To hear a simple explanation and to find out what the number 90/10 has to do with Lametta, listen to the podcast:

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Das Sandmännchen

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

The Sandmännchen is an animated figure in German childrens’ television. It is shown every day on KiKa (“Kinderkanal”) just before 7pm.

The Sandmann shown today is evolved from an East-German production, as can be seen by some of the buildings and clothing in the series. The puppet arrives in the scene and introduces a short film to the children. After the film he sends the children to bed by releasing sand (“Schlafsand”) and then leaves.

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Die Mainzelmännchen

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

The Mainzelmännchen are animated characters that are show in short clips between advertisements on the ZDF channel. They started in 1963 are now there are over 40.000 different spots. Originally there were six characters, but recently a set of twins and a dog has been added.
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Seifenopern

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Germany has a variety of soap operas. One channel, RTL, shows three each evening. These are Unter Uns, Alles was Zählt and Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten and are set in Cologne, Essen and Berlin respectively.

They deal with the relationships between the characters in their daily lives.

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