Articles by: Barbara

German Institute for the Southwest the only Accredited Goethe Testing Center in Houston

The German Institute for the Southwest (GIS) is the only fully accredited Goethe-Institut Testing Center (Goethe Prüfungszentrum) in Houston, Texas. We provide qualified language classes to teenagers and adults on all levels – beginning, intermediate, and advanced – that lead to the highly-recognized Goethe exams from levels A1 to C2. […]

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Hollywood Glamour at the „Berlinale 2016”

George Clooney, the Coen Brothers, Jude Law , Juliane Moore, Tilda Swanton – just to name a few celebrities – are walking the red carpet in Berlin these days. The 66th International Film Festival “ Berlinale,” the world largest public festival, kicked off on February 11, 2016. From then until […]

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Karneval, Fasching, Fastnacht – Whatever you Call it, it’s Party Time in Germany

It is time to celebrate in Germany – again! Karneval or Fasching– also referred to as the “Fifth Season” is about to start, leading to its high points during carnival weekend, on Rosenmontag (the Monday before Ash Wednesday), and Faschingsdienstag (Fat Tuesday) until midnight, when Lent begins with Aschermittwoch (Ash […]

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Who Brings Gifts to Your Children: Christkindl, Weihnachtsmann, Väterchen Frost, or Santa Claus?

Advent or die Vorweihnachtszeit, the time leading up to Christmas Eve, is a very special time for children of all ages. On December 1 children open the first window of their Adventskalender – often filled with chocolate – to shorten and sweeten the waiting period until the Christkind brings presents […]

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