Best of German Grammar: Wann sagt man eigentlich “eigentlich?”

I was once asked by a learner of German: “Markus, wann sagt man eigentlich eigentlich?”, which translates to English as: “When does one actually say actually?”

Hmm, a good question which native speakers don’t think about very often. Of course, I could have embarked on a lengthy explanation of eigentlich as a modal particle, eigentlich as an adverb and eigentlich as an adjective; however, I doubt somehow that this would have earned me much appreciation. 😉

The other reason that kept me from doing so was that I didn’t know this in great detail myself at the time. Hence, I gathered lots and lots of examples which, hopefully, cleared this up a bit. I kept thinking, kept searching for a good example that demonstrates the actual versatility of this wonderful word. And I think I found it!

Read on…

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#HowTo Download #Ringtones for iOS & #Android from Tuunes

I recently made some self-produced ringtones available for iPhone and Android SmartPhones via Tuunes.co/Artists/MaBo

The process was very easy using SnipSell.com as aggregator, and their tech support has been very quick and helpful to answer my questions. I am not advertising SnipSell for any reason other than the comfortable process of submitting my ringtones.

I have been told a few times that people were unable to preview my ringtones; this is why I would like to clarify this process here.

Ein Freund von mir hat Karten fürs #ChampionsLeague-Finale am Samstag, aber leider…

Hallo,

ein Freund von mir hat 2 Karten fürs champions League-finale am Samstag in Mailand. Leider kollidiert das Datum mit seiner Hochzeit. Er hatte die Tickets schon gekauft, bevor das genaue Datum für die Hochzeit feststand.

Nun die Frage an Euch:

Hat jemand Lust und Zeit, am Samstag zu heiraten? 👰🏻

(Für lustig befundene und adaptierte Nachricht einer Freundin, genaue Quelle leider unbekannt.)

My friend has 2 tickets for the #ChampionsLeague final next Saturday, but…

Dear all, my friend has 2 tickets for next Saturday’s Champions League final in Milan. Unfortunately, the date clashes with his wedding. He had bought the tickets before the exact wedding date was fixed.

Now my question to y’all:

Is anyone interested in getting married next Saturday? 👰🏻

(Credits to a friend. Unfortunately, I do not know the exact source.)

In the centre of the black-and-white image are only the feet of a young woman who is lying on a blanket on a bed with her legs crossed. The seam of her jeans and her wooly socks are clear, whilst the blanket and the background with a book shelf are blurred. In the top right of the image is the name, Markus Böttner, in orange writing; the album title Friend Of the Family, is at the bottom of the image in white.

EP Preview & Title Track

For those of you who prefer a quick way to access and share information about my album, this post is for you!

All relevant information on streaming, downloads, lyrics, acknowledgements and a free ringtone can be found at MarkusBoettner.net/Music.

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Combining #SkillsBuilding and #WorkLifeBalance with an Album Release

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I released my first EP recently and am accordingly happy and proud. It has been an interesting, exciting journey and a major element in my self-development and a perfect outlet to readjust my focus for other projects which are in the process of completion. Hashtag #PhD. A perfect opportunity!

The EP is called Friend Of The Family; it is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and other streaming and download services. You can listen to a short promo preview clip on Youtube, and if and when this has sparked your interest, you can find all streaming and download links, song lyrics and the opportunity to grab a free Friend Of The Family ringtone by clicking here.

Besides my musical development, this production has also been an invaluable experience to develop and put to practice a number of skills which come in handy in working environments, too.

Read here for more…