An intimidating boss, street music and a Berlin restaurant

What came first, the plan to go to Germany or the job offer?

A bit of both. I was invited to Germany to help with a friend’s restaurant project. At the same time I was als [...]

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Culture Shock in Mannheim

STUDY ABROAD IN … MANNHEIM – PART 2

Before an exchange, the University of Ottawa offers a mandatory culture workshop to its students going abroad… I remember sitting at the 8 a.m. workshop while the presenter was talking about dea [...]

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Finding Myself in the Unknown

How Canada turned my year abroad into a life-changing experience

When I graduated from high school in 2016, I’d been dreaming for years of going to the United States, experiencing American culture and exploring the American wilderness. I now know that I was l [...]

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Golf World Championship in Ottawa

Thinking about golf, the first thing that comes to mind is the cliché of a rich, old, chubby man. Your team doesn’t fit into this cliché at all. How did you get involved with playing go [...]

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An immigrant of a different kind

How are you doing, Tim?

“I’m still standing, it’s a long week, quite a marathon…”

Do you get to celebrate a little bit as well or is it mainly a lot [...]

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Study abroad in … Mannheim – Part 1

Hallo Freunde!

After learning German for two years at the University of Ottawa, I’ve decided to take my German practice outside the classroom! With 14 days to go until [...]

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Sticky Frames in Montreal

(SoGerman) What brought you to the world of animation?

(Theresa Grysczok) As a child, I was surrounded by a world of tales and marionettes, built and exhibited by my parents [...]

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Berlin meets Toronto

Interview with German travel bloggers Katharina and Henryk Berlet about traveling Canada

(SoGerman) What is your blog OUT OF OFFICE about?

(Katharina and Henryk) It’s all about inspiration how to escape the everyday routines. While following us around the worl [...]

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SoGerman Summer Photo Contest 2017

Thrown into the Pacific

A German student on board the Royal Canadian Navy

I am Leutnant zur See Jonas Nawrath, a 22-year-old student and naval officer in the German Navy. I [...]

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Reflecting voters voices back to government

Q.: How does Vote Compasswork?

CL: … Vote Compass is a civic engagement application that is known as voting advice application in [...]

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International Parliamentary Scholarship

(SoGerman) How did you hear about the International Parliamentary Scholarship and why did you apply?

(Joseph) Two friends with whom I took several undergrad German courses [...]

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Comedy that makes people laugh, stop and think

Born as Erhard Hübener, he earned his nickname Paco from a neighbor in Spain. As a literature and philosophy student, he decided to take a break from university life and travel the world, Jack Ker [...]

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German Ampelmann inspires Canadian comic travelogue

German Embassy: Why do you draw?

Allie: I’ve always loved drawing. I started doing comics in my early high school years, when I was 15, 16 years old. I would draw pictures [...]

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Germany’s Fairy Tale Route

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Stuttgart – Creative, clever and crafty

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German Emigration Center in Bremerhaven

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Moravian tradition in Labrador: 1752 until today

Moravian missionaries arrived for the first time in Labrador in 1752 to build Christian communities abroad. The German-speaking missionaries quickly learned Inuktitut, the language of the indigenou [...]

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Mother of the Oceans

Elisabeth Mann Borgese, daughter of the famous German author Thomas Mann, was a citizen of the world. She grew up in Germany, but her family had to leave because of their opposition to the Nazis. S [...]

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Behind the Germany @ Canada 2017 logo

Udo Schliemann is the Principal Creative Director at Entro Communications in Toronto and the competition-winning designer of the “Germany @ Canada 2017” logo. In this interview [...]

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My teaching assistantship in Canada

I have already been to many English-speaking countries around the globe, but Canada was still on top of my list. I have heard a lot about this country and as a future English teacher I think it is [...]

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Abraham Ulrikab

Tragedy in Europe

In August 1880, eight Inuit from Labrador travelled together with Norwegian adventurer Johan A [...]

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My internship in Canada: Johannes

At the Embassy and Consulates General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canada, we welcome regularly young Germans who spend six weeks to three months with us in Canada. Duri [...]

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From POW to landscape artist

Konrad Gunzel was in elementary school when he found a blue denim jacket with a big red circle on it at home.

“I always wondered about that jacket. But my dad said, ‘you’re too young t [...]

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My internship in Canada: Fanny

The cultural program focusses is on contemporary German culture, especially dance and electronic music whereas the library provides its users the opportunity to use a full catalogue of recent and c [...]

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Nordmensch – A life with thousands of stories…

“Hans, how often have you been to the North until today?” “Not often enough,” the 89-year-old laughs.

In 1952, young Hans-Ludwig Blohm t [...]

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“Breaking down the Barricades”

“The world gets smaller and smaller. When you speak different languages, you can talk to people whose language is not English,” Astrid Neuland says.  “I’m very proud that I speak G [...]

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Physics, Montréal and Canadienness

My arrival in Montreal was extremely nice. Local Quebecers helped me to adapt to my new environment. The people working at the border, at governmental offices and everywhere else were always nice h [...]

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Building for the future: passive houses in Canada

Part 1

Annegret Hayward studied architecture in Berlin and met her future husband during an exchange program with Carleton University in 1991. After living in Germany, Annegret and her family moved to Ot [...]

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THW helper in Canada

Initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Interior during the post-war period in the 1950s, the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief , Technisches Hilfswerk (THW) is more than a [...]

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My internship in Canada: Mathis

At the Embassy and Consulates General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canada, we welcome regularly young Germans who spend six weeks to three months with us in Canada. Duri [...]

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German follows hockey dreams in Canada

18-year-old Louis moved from Heilbronn, Germany, to Ottawa, Canada, in 2016 to follow his dream career of a professional hockey player. He currently plays for the Ottawa Sharp Shooters and lives with a Canadian host family outside the capital.

Arctic Greenhouse

Researching the North through German-Canadian project

For more than 40 years, Dr. Claudia Schröder-Adams has worked on paleontology, the science of animals and organisms of past geological eras.

“I investigate how life on earth must adapt i [...]

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Exploring Book Club Culture

If the numbers published by The New York Times apply to Canada, approximate [...]

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My internship in Canada: Johannes

At the Embassy and Consulates General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canada, we welcome regularly young Germans who spend six weeks to three months with us in Canada. Duri [...]

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Germany celebrates Canada

On July 1, 1867, the day Canada achieved confederation, the states of northern Germany were doing much the same, forming the North German Confederation, and a nation.

Today, Germany and Cana [...]

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Love on the Door Step

Günter Speckmann was 10 years old, when Germany was recovering from the biggest war in history. A group of U.S. soldiers moved through Günter’s hometown. Known as Hell on Wheels, they [...]

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Research Participants Needed

Anke Patzelt, a PhD Candidate from the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies at the University of Ottawa is looking for research participants. Her research focuses on migration exper [...]

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10 German songs for your Schatzi

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SoGerman! Photo Contest Winners

The winners of our grand prizes, two iPads, are Cheryl Labiris, a student at Osgoode Hall Law School at Toronto’s York University, and Henry Hoffman of the University of Waterloo. VIEW STORY

Germany joins in Canada’s 150th

In total, “Germany @ Canada 2017: Partners from Immigration to Innovation / L’Allemagne @ Canada 2017: Partenaires de l’immigration à l’innovation” will encompass over 40 events in Toron [...]

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UN-COUNTRIED – A story about the fall of the Berlin Wall

Canadian play about Berlin Wall premieres in Ottawa

Inspired by these questions, Canadian playwright Stéphanie Turple wrote her new play “Un-Countried“, which is part of the UNDERCURRENTS Festival and celebrates its wor [...]

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My internship in Canada: Katharina

At the Embassy and Consulates General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canada, we welcome regularly young Germans who spend six weeks to three months with us in Canada. Duri [...]

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Es weihnachtet sehr!

Christmas Markets across Canada

Toronto Christmas Market
November 18 – December 22, 2016

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Canadian learns woodworking in Black Forest

Michael Harrington was 23 years old when he left a well-paying carpenter job in Ontario to move to the Black Forest in the South of Germany.

Good training in furniture restoration was diffic [...]

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Saddle Up – Part 2

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Saddle Up – Part 1

Equestrians cross the Atlantic

Elena Secci lives in the South of Germany, right at the Swiss border. The 17-year-old student had the opportunity to visit Canada and spend a month volunteering at the Rideauwood Farm Dres [...]

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Ich geh mit meiner Laterne

The German Heritage Language School held their annual Laternenfest with a potluck and lantern walk on November 5, 2016, in downtown Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.  Christine Hoehne, the Chair of the Lan [...]

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My internship in Canada: Viktoria

At the Embassy and Consulates General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canada, we welcome regularly young Germans who spend six weeks to three months with us in Canada. Duri [...]

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Reporting live from Germany

Two Canadian journalists work in Germany as Arthur F. Burns fellows

Global News reporter Melanie de Klerk and freelancer Dylan C. Robertson spent 11 weeks in Germany filing for German and Canadian newsrooms. While travelling across the country, they reali [...]

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7 German movies screening in Canada this month

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Announcing University of Ottawa research project

Announcing University of Ottawa research project “‘Children of the Enemy’: Narrative Constructions of Identity Following Wartime Rape and Transgeneration [...]

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DAAD Scholarships for Canadian students and scholars

Here are some of the scholarships available to Canadian students and scholars:

My internship in Canada: Peter

At the Embassy and Consulates General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canada, we welcome regularly young Germans who spend six weeks to three months with us in Canada. Duri [...]

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Saturday morning – time for school

Saturday morning, time for German school.

“Wachet auf, wachet auf, es kräht der Hahn! Wake up, wake up, the rooster is crowing,“ sings Birgit’s mother, open [...]

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Interview with Henriette Riegel

Henriette Riegel, Executive Director at the Diefenbunker Museum, ON, is the daughter of German immigrants to Canada. She was born in England an [...]

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A transatlantic friendship: Michelle

Interview with Mississauga student Michelle, 17, who spent the summer in Germany

The German Consulate General Toronto spoke with Michelle to talk about her time in Germany.

How long have you been learni [...]

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My internship in Canada: Alex

At the Embassy and Consulates General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canada, we welcome regularly young Germans who spend six weeks to three months with us in Canada. Duri [...]

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From Canadian home to German museum

Airplane navigation system from a WW2 airplane finds its way back to Germany

Michael ‘Luvi’ Croghan, an 86-year-old retired lawyer and former British soldier, had stored for decades an octant, a navigation instrument, he found in a crash-landed Focke Wulf Fw 200 “Cond [...]

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Germany and Canada in love: Roxanne & Dieter

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Faces of Germany in Canada: Jutta

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