Stern, Spiegel & Focus

Stern, Spiegel and Focus are three German magazines. They appear weekly and feature topics from German society. Some have more political topics, others concentrate more on the economy. Politically, they occupy three slightly different positions.

Stern and Spiegel have been published for nearly 60 years, whereas Focus first started in the 1990s.

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Der Stern | Der Spiegel | Der Focus

Driving a bio-ethanol car

Today the Monday Podcast talks about a new type of fuel – bio-ethanol. Graham has been driving a bio-ethanol car for the last week and comments on how the car is running and how new fuels help the environment.

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Driving with Bio-ethanol

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When translations go wrong: parking

Here is another example of a translation into German that appears to have gone slightly wrong:

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What it wants to do is to ask you politely not to park in front of the entrance, but it should read “Bitte vor diesem Eingang nicht parkieren”.

Or should it?

“Parkieren” sounds funny to the native German – but why? Is it because it appears to be wrong, or even because it appears to be an attempt to translate “to park” into German (as in “to walk” being “spazieren“?)

Actually, in this case, the translation is technically correct – in Swiss German the verb would be “parkieren”. The sign was seen on the entrace to a complex on Lanzarote – perhaps they have a lot of Swiss park in front of the gate?

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