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Today something German: The great author Hermann Hesse. The line "Und jedem Anfang wohnt ein Zauber inne" ("A magic dwells in each beginning") is just so current.

As I ran into many "Page not found" errors, I simply copy the URL and the text.

Enjoy!



http://www.hhesse.de/gedichte.php?load=stufen

Stufen
Wie jede Blüte welkt und jede Jugend
Dem Alter weicht, blüht jede Lebensstufe,
Blüht jede Weisheit auch und jede Tugend
Zu ihrer Zeit und darf nicht ewig dauern.
Es muß das Herz bei jedem Lebensrufe
Bereit zum Abschied sein und Neubeginne,
Um sich in Tapferkeit und ohne Trauern
In andre, neue Bindungen zu geben.
Und jedem Anfang wohnt ein Zauber inne,
Der uns beschützt und der uns hilft, zu leben.

Wir sollen heiter Raum um Raum durchschreiten,
An keinem wie an einer Heimat hängen,
Der Weltgeist will nicht fesseln uns und engen,
Er will uns Stuf' um Stufe heben,…
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Die Presse Quiz

Today, the Viennese newspaper Die Presse published a quiz on the dialect used in Austria. If you read the blog and did the assignments, you should be easily able to complete the questions.

Good luck!


http://diepresse.com/home/bildung/5197542/Oesterreichisch-fuer-Fortgeschrittene_Was-ist-ein-Heckenklescher

Surm

Today we are talking about the great word "Surm". "Surm" is a noun and our friends over at Rind Vieh
http://www.rindvieh.com/Dialekte/Oesterreich/Surm
Say that this is a stupid human. However, they place it into the category of harmless words. Harmless words are for them abusive language for every day use. Interesting definition!

"Surm" causes a lot of confusion, as in different people use it in different ways. We over here at "Austrian for foreigners" have the mission to make things clearer, or at least more fun. "Surm" is definitely one of these words that can provide that kind of entertainment.

Simply looking to our authoritative friends over at Ostrarichi  , they have two variations:

First they call Surm a meat heat:
http://www.ostarrichi.org/wort-2245-Surm-Dummkopf.html

Second they call Surm a confused person:
http://www.ostarrichi.org/wort-15574-Surm-ein_verwirrter_Mensch.html


User ant18ikes does the only thing that a true Austria…

Servus

As you know, Austrians are very friendly people. Part of being friendly is to have manners. Having manners includes that you greet.

You also know, that Austrians are super-efficient. As such, they have multi-purpose words: You can use the same word in multiple situations.

One of these words is Servus. The word comes from the Latin servant of slave. According to Wikipedia "The phrase is an ellipsis of a Latin expression servus humillimus, domine spectabilis, meaning "[your] most humble servant, [my] noble lord." No subservience is implied in its modern use, which has the force of "at your service." Servus is the origin of the word serf." - But that sounds very complicated.

Servus is great, because you can use it to say Hi when you meet somebody. You can use it when you cheers with somebody. You can use it to say Good Bye.

Or to put it with the words of the late and great Peter Alexander:  Every city has their own  parting words; in Paris you say "Bon…

Google Friend Connect

This is just an administrative message, in case you have not read the update on Google Friend connect here:
http://buzz.blogger.com/2015/12/an-update-on-google-friend-connect.html

Basically, Google Friend Connect should be a way to easily follow blogs. I cannot comment on this, as I never got it to work.
https://www.google.com/friendconnect/admin/site/setup always came up with some strange error messages.

In theory, once should have been able to able to log into Friend Connect with a number of accounts, including Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other OpenId providers and then use this Friend Connect account to follow blog content.

Please, if somebody is using this tool from Google, could you please post in the comments section your experience with it?

Update from the 19th of January
As I did not get feedback in the comments, I will post the Google Help text here:


Manage blogs you follow You can read the latest posts on your favorite blogs by adding them to the reading list on your Blogger das…

Deppenzepter

Today, we don’t talk about an indigenous, Austrian word. But it is great. So I could not resist. We are talking about the Deppenzepter.

If you Google the word, you may not find that many hits, yet.

Let’s do the normal thing and dissect the word. It consists of the German Depp which could be translated as idiot, fool or joker. As well as the work Zepter which is scepter, sign for the king. Or better the Joker, as in this playing card:




To get an idea about the meaning of the word, think about the last time you were somewhere nice and you nearly got beaten by a person with a stick. Never happened to you? That’s just because the person did it unintentionally. And the stick was sophisticated with a phone on the other end! Does it start to make sense?

As an image tells more than a thousand words, let’s place a great phone from a guy with a Deppenzepter here:



Thanks Heise Foto for the great article!

Homework: Please have a healthy laugh about people making selfies, especially, if done with …

Fenster Putzen

Austrians have an obsession with cleaning windows. Cleaning, or better clean places, in general. But cleaning windows especially. Being born and raised here I never even thought of that this could be out of the normal, but today I realized that this must an Austrian special obsession. I only realized that today. We have lived a year in the Caribbean, where I wanted to get the windows of our apartment cleaned. Every maid told me that they “don’t do windows”. So I tried to clean the windows myself, which produced not the result – spotless clean windows – I wanted due to the burglar proving. I looked up professional cleaning companies which all responded with dismay to my request of cleaning windows – or better having clean windows. Today, first meeting of the cleaning lady in Austria and she insist of cleaning the windows – which look spotless to me.

Which reminded me of some discussions on a popular social networking site where some of my friends dissed some of my other friends, becau…