Best of 2016: My Personal Favourites in Berlin

My 40th blog post for Central Berlin and my last blog post in 2016. Time for some reminiscence. Not only because it has been a strange and at the same time awesome year, but also because I definitely don’t want to think about the fact that 2017 will have me turning 30. It feels like all of 2016 was spent eating, drinking, shopping and discovering new things – neighbourhoods, culinary highlights, you name it. Below are my 2016 highlights.

Katie's Blue Cat
Katie’s Blue Cat. Image courtesy of Moritz Nicolaus Schmid/teNeues Digital Media

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West German and East German: A Country Divided by One Language

Bavarian, Swabian, Hessian, Saxon… There are plenty of regional dialects in Germany. The four decades during which Germany was divided into the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and the Federal Republic of Germany have also left their mark on the development of the German language. Although they have always shared the same written language, East Germans and West Germans, aka “Ossis” and “Wessis”, often find it difficult to talk to each other. Read on to learn more about the key linguistic differences between both parts of the country.

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