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DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: WHAT’S IN THE NAME?

Did you know that in German sign language Berlin is symbolised by a bear’s ear? Even though, contrary to popular belief, the city’s name was not inspired by any large furry carnivore but has its root in a old Slavonic word barl (a marshland, a morass), the animal is Berlin’s symbol and is featured on its coat of arms.

This informative little video was created for those interested in learning the names of Berlin’s main old boroughs and localities in sign language – notice how the typical endings “-berg” and “-dorf” are pronounced. And make sure you learn at least several names by heart. Alexanderplatz should not be a problem to memorise, though;-)

 

2 comments on “DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: WHAT’S IN THE NAME?

  1. moopenheimer
    Sep 14, 2020

    I wonder if Bern (capital of Switzerland) will be a hand-wagged bears ear as well?

    • berlincompanion
      Sep 14, 2020

      I think Switzerland has its own sign language that’s different from the German one used in Germany, Poland and Israel. But who knows? 🙂

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