German Word of the Day: der Kassenzettel (receipt)

Recently, when shopping at our nearby supermarket, I noticed a different quality and color in the receipt paper. The first time, I figured it was just the end of the paper roll. Today’s receipt looked the same, so I finally took a closer look, and found the explanation on the back of it.

Up until now, receipts from EDEKA supermarket, used to be white in color, and somewhat shiny due to their chemical lining. Hence, they were not meant for the paper trash, but the plastic trash. All this has changed.

Environmentally friendly receipts

The new receipts are better for the environment. See pointers.

  • ohne chemische Farbentwickler (without chemical color enhancer)
  • über das Altpapier entsorgen und recycelbar (please add to the paper bin, it is recycable)
  • beständig gegen Umwelteinflüsse (resistant against environmental impacts)
  • zugelassen für den direkten Kontakt mit Lebensmittel (paper approved for direct contact with dry goods)

This is a good sign in regards to our environment. When we use fewer chemicals and reduce plastic trash, we’re heading in the right direction. Thank you, EDEKA.

Recipe for a Good Life by Goethe’s Mother Katharina

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s mother, Katharina Elisabeth Goethe (1731 – 1808), composed this recipe for a good life.

This is for my German learners. Recipes are often written in Konjunktiv.

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Man nehme 12 Monate, putze sie ganz sauber von Bitterkeit, Geiz, Pedanterie und Angst, und zerlege jeden Monate in 30 oder 31 Teile, so dass der Vorrat genau für ein Jahr reicht.

Es wird ein jeder Tag einzeln angerichtet aus einem Teil Arbeit und zwei Teilen Frohsinn und Humor.

Man füge drei gehäufte Esslöffel Optimismus hinzu, einen Teelöffel Toleranz, ein Körnchen Ironie und eine Prise Takt.

Dann wird das Ganze sehr reichlich mit Liebe übergossen.

Das fertige Gericht schmücke man einem Sträußchen kleiner Aufmerksamkeiten und serviere es täglich mit Heiterkeit!

View from Oberursel-Nord towards the Taunus

Quote of the Day

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

– according to William A. Ward

Frankfurt/Main

Frankfurt/Main – photo credit: Frank Rumpenhorst

Happy New Year Greeting in German

Before the new year begins, Germans greet either with:

Einen guten Beschluss! (a good closure) or

Einen guten Rutsch! (a good slide).

Only when the new year has actually begun, you will hear Ein gutes neues Jahr! (A happy New Year).

To either of these greetings, if you happen to be in Germany, you can reply with several general versions of “The same to you!” by saying:

Ebenso! or Gleichfalls! or Ebenfalls!

or more directly addressing the person:

Ihnen auch! (you too; the polite version) or

Dir auch! (you too; the familiar version)

Clover and pigs (as well as chimney sweeps) are among the many good luck charms we give away before New Year’s Day. Starting 2 January, these items usually go half-priced.

So tomorrow, Monday, 31 December, is your last chance to buy presents. Keep in mind that stores close by early afternoon.

Quote of the Day

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.

– T.S. Eliot –