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The Longest German Word

Is there really such a thing as the longest word or can we create one that can continue to grow?

Mark Twain said in “That Awful German Language” that “Some German words are so long that they have a perspective.”

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The Liwa Oasis belongs to the Nahyan family, who are the leaders of the Abu Dhabi emirate and the United Arab Emirates. To this day, the Bedouin tribes are cultivating date palms there, an impressive sight in the middle of the desert.

The Moreeb Dune, which means ‘Terrifying Mountain’ at the Liwa Oasis is one of the longest sand dunes in the world; its height reaches approximately 990ft, about 300m, and its width is 5,250ft, or 1,600m.

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Merry Christmas from WTC!

Everyone at World Translation Center would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We hope you enjoy the video, produced in-house by Peter Thomasberger.

Largest German Christmas Wreath

With Thanksgiving behind us, the focus now turns to Christmas. Besides rushing to be the first to snap up the best deals on sales items for Christmas presents, people start decorating their houses inside and outside and putting up Christmas trees.

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Thanksgiving Around the World

In the United States, there was a celebration in 1621 by the Pilgrims in New England sharing a feast with their Native American neighbors, who had made it possible for them to survive the harsh wilderness. Thanksgiving was lost for many years, until President Lincoln made it a national holiday to be held the last Thursday in November in 1863.

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Bless You

“Bless you” or “God bless you” is something people automatically say when they hear somebody sneeze. This practice dates back to at least AD 77. Some people suggest that it came from the folk belief that a person’s soul could be thrown from their body when they sneeze, thus opening to an invasion by the devil or evil spirits. In this case, “bless you” is a type of shield against evil. Other people have suggested that in the past people thought the heart stopped beating during a sneeze, and thus “bless you” encourages the heart to keep beating.

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Happy Halloween

Elves and Their Destruction

Huldufólk, the hidden people, are said to be a type of elves that live in Iceland who are our size, wear grey clothes, and have black hair. They inhabit rocks or use them as chapels. These rocks are not supposed to be moved or otherwise messed with, or the elves will be disturbed and will show their displeasure.

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Pet Names

Are you looking for something new to call your loved one? Here are some ideas from around the world:

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Strange Laws

Getting ready to travel somewhere? Make sure you check up on international laws because some laws you might not believe are real.

  1. Vicks inhalers are forbidden in Japan due to strict anti-stimulant drug laws.
  2. It is forbidden to eat or drink on church steps or near other public buildings in Italy.
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