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German Language Competitions

Overview of German Language Competitions

What a Year! Schlagzeilen aus der Zukunft

In the 2024 competition, we invite you to put together the front page of a fictional newspaper in the German-speaking world. The catch: you are writing the final edition of 2024 and must select the most important stories of a year that has not yet finished.

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Roads not taken. Oder: Es hätte auch anders kommen können.

The DAAD and the ILCS joined forces once again to invite all learners and lovers of German to take part in our German language competition.

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Zusammen - Together across Cultures

Zusammen - Together across Cultures: On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the DAAD London office, the 2022 DAAD/IMLR German Language Competition focussed on coming together, celebrating friendship and collaboration between people, countries and institutions beyond borders and across cultures.

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Das Wort der Zukunft - The word of the future

The DAAD and the IMLR are joining forces for the seventh time to invite all learners and lovers of German to take part in a German language competition.

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Victoria & Albert: love letters

The winners of the 6th DAAD-IMLR German writing competition were celebrated at an event on 28 June 2019 held at the German Embassy. Do have a browse through the pictures.

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Chatting with Luther

The prize-giving event took place on Monday, 11 December 2017, in the Knowledge Centre of the British Library.

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When Cultures Meet

Read what prize-winners and the authors wrote!

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Translation Competition

The competition aimed to encourage a deeper engagement with the German language and culture through the complexities of the translation process. Contestants were asked to translate a set passage of Gröschner’s novel Walpurgistag.

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In the conjunction wit the Germany - Memories of a Nation exhibition at the British Museum

We called on you to write a ‘DINGGEDICHT’ – a ‘thing poem’ or in other words a poem based on an object!

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Europe - What next?

Where is Europe heading? Is it spiralling out of control? Do we need to redefine European values? What should a young European aspire to?

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German loanwords

"Spiel”, "doppelganger”, "zeitgeist”, "stumm” are just a few examples of German loanwords in the English language.

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Create a Modern German Fairy Tale

Germany is famous for its tradition of fairy tales. But what would a modern one be like?

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What happens next?

What Happens Next? was the motto of the DAAD 2008 competition, whereby students were encouraged to come up with fictitious encounters between a famous German and a famous British personality.

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Who wants to be a European?

We want to hear your advice to Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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But don't mention the war II

Germany - love it or hate it? Enjoy writing?

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But don't mention the war I

- does this famous slogan still characterise the British attitude towards Germany and the Germans?

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