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German Leckerbissen – Part 9

         by Daniel Schwarz           which are the vowels ä, ö, and ü, are
             ne  of  the  closest  words  to identified with two dots over them
             tidbit in German is Lecker- called diacritics. These diacritics are
      Obissen. Literally Leckerbis- just shorthand, and can also be re-
      sen means tasty morsels or bits. The placed  by  just  adding  an  “e”  after
      following may include some tidbits these  vowels,  such  as  “ae”,  “oe”,
      of  German  culture,  foods/drinks, and  “ue”.  The  Eszet  or  scharfes  S
      traditions,  history,  language,  and (sharp s) is shown as ß, which looks
      current events.                similar  to  the  Greek  Beta  symbol,
         Postage  stamp  language  –  In and is used to replace double “ss”.
      the  olden  days,  before  the  internet Pronouncing the umlauts are as fol-
      and texting, hand written letters and lows: Ä sounds like “eh” such as the
      cards  were  the  norm  to  communi- letter  E  in  Edward;  Ö  makes  the
      cate. As can be seen on the photo of sound “e” and purse your lips into
      a German postcard, flirting and ro- an O shape; Ü sounds like “ee” as
      mance was even expressed clandes- you purse your lips trying to whis-
      tinely  using  the  simple  postage tle, and sounds a little like the “ee”
      stamps of the times. They were not in  fee.  The  Eszet  is  just  a  long
      just licked and placed, but placed to sounding s, such as in “see”. After
      send  a  message.  The  title  reads you  hear  a  native  German  pro-
      Briefmarken:Sprache,   Postage nounce  these,  they  will  become
      Stamp Language. The captions un- much easier to understand and use.
      der  the  various  stamp  placement  Deutsche   Fussballmuseum,
      combinations from top left to right aka-DFB-Museum in Dortmund –
      and down are: Nichts kann uns tren- Soccer is the national sport of Ger-
      nen!  Nothing  can  take  us  apart; many, and DFB-Museum is the na-
      Dein  aus  Ewig!  Yours  forever;  In tional   museum   for   German
      herzlicher  Umarmung!  In  heartful Football, which is soccer. This mod-
      embrace;  Nur  Du  machst  mich ern architecturally interesting muse-
      glücklich! Only you make me lucky; um opened in 2015, and is located in
      Ganz Dein! All yours; Dein ist mein the center of Town next to the train
      Herz! You are my heart; hab mich station. They say it is not divided by  Musik theory in German - Mu-
                                                                    sical note symbols are written on a
      lieb! Love me. So maybe the simple floors, but by halves, for giving vis-
      postage stamp is mightier than the itors the soccer experiences. Several  5 line staff, with note names A thru
                                                                    G, called natural notes. For a piano
      sword,  and  possibly  even  the  pen. hundred thousand visitors enjoy the
      Happy Valentine’s Day.         high tech interactive displays along  player,  these  notes  are  all  on  the
                                                                    white piano keys. The black piano
         German Alphabet – Languages with  historical  artifacts.  On  days
      such as German use the Latin alpha- when the BVB Dortmund team are  keys are designated by one of two
                                                                    different accidental symbols in front
      bet of 26 letters, however, German playing at home, guest fans flock to
      has  3  additional  letters  called  um- this gem of a museum. Its address is  of  the  written  natural  note  on  the
                                                                    staff. Accidentals are called sharps
      lauts,  and  one  more  called  Eszet. Platz der Deutschen Einheit 1, Dort-
      These help to pronounce some Ger- mund, in the state of North Rhine-  and flats and denote ½ note or pitch
                                                                    higher  or  lower  than  the  natural
      man words more correctly, mainly Westphalia.
      vowels in nouns. The umlaut letters,                          note,  respectively,  and  which  are
                                                                    played on the black piano keys.
                                                                      In German, the notes A – G are
                                                                    pronounced  the  same  as  in  their
                                                                    written form, except the note B nat-
                                                                    ural,  which  is  pronounced  like  the
                                                                    letter  H,  and  B-flat  is  just  B.  The
                                                                    sharp and flat notes are pronounced
                                                                    as  the  natural  note  name  plus  the GERMAN  AMERICAN  MUSICIANS  performed  at  the
                                                                    suffix  “is”  for  sharps,  and  suffix Annual  Christmas  German  Mass  at  St.  Louis  Church,
                                                                    “es” for flats. So, now if a German  Main and Edward streets in Buffalo on Dec. 4.
                                                                    says Fis, it means F-sharp, and Des
                                                                    will  mean  D-flat.  Hope  that  this
                                                                    demystifies  these  German  musical
                                                                    terms for you.
                                                                      SCHUFA  –  No,  this  is  not
                                                                    Shoofly pie misspelled. In Germa-
                                                                    ny,  this  is  the  major  credit  bureau
                                                                    that tracks all consumer credit data.
                                                                    SCHUFA  is  the  abbreviation  of
                                                                    “Schutzgemeinschaft für allgemeine
                                                                    Kreditsicherung.” It is similar to the
                                                                    three  major  credit  bureaus  in  the
                                                                    United  States.  Based  on  the  data
                                                                    collected, it creates a score and af-
                                                                    fects a consumer’s type of loan and
                                                                    credit that they can be approved for,
                                                                    and at what terms. Everyone starts
                                                                    with  a  credit  score  of  100%,  and
                                                                    gets lower as the consumer borrows
                                                                    money, and pays their bills. A score
                                                                    of  90%  and  above  is  considered  a
                                                                    good score. Everyone in Germany,
                                                                    including  long  term  visitors  that
                                                                    have a permanent address, bank ac-
                                                                    count, Handy (cell phone), or ener-
                                                                    gy  suppliers  under  the  consumers
                                                                    name will have their data reported.
                                                                    A Schufa certificate (SCHUFA-Bo-
                                                                    nitätsauskunft) is a two part docu-
                                                                    ment  that  is  essential  to  have  in
                                                                    Germany, even to just rent an apart-
                                                                    ment, or get a loan. One part is for
                                                                    the prospective landlord, and other
                                                                    to  keep  which  sums  up  all  data
                                                                    Schufa collected. The certificate can
                                                                    be ordered on-line, by mail, and also
                                                                    at many banks for a fee. Again, this
                                                                    is  similar  to  our  three  U.S.  major
                                                                    credit bureaus financial reports. So,
                                                                    no matter what country you are in,
                                                                    paying your bills is monitored. You
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