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FREE German Essay on my town: meine Stadt

Updated on September 11, 2016

Das Sprichwort - Saying of the Hub

In all of my German hubs I introduce you to a German saying and its meaning.

This time:

sein Licht unter den Scheffel stellen

This means "to sell oneself short". Or you could say (which is closer to the German meaning): to hide one's light under a bushel.

Normally, you hear it in that context: Don't sell yourself short. In German: Stell dein Licht nicht untern (Coll. For unter den) Scheffel!

And once more I have to tell you: Don't try to translate an English saying. That could have embarrassing results.

How to construct your essay

The first step to a great essay is to have a clear structure in your text. There should be an introduction sentence with the name of your hometown, which country or state it belongs to, if it is big or small and maybe if you like it or not. Then you can write about the city centre, parks, the different parts of the town or anything special (famous people from there, historic events, etc) and in the final part you can describe your own neighbourhood and what you like or dislike about it.

You can see in my two examples below how your German essay should look like in the end. Just use my short essays to get an idea what you could write. To give you even more help I put some key vocabulary in tables for you which should save you some time during your homework. At the bottom you will also find a table with conjugated German verbs, together with their infinitives. Now get started and good luck with your German essay!

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Example - Meine Kleinstadt

If you live in a rather small town, then have a look at this example:

Die Stadt, in der ich wohne, ist ziemlich klein. Sie hat nur 45.000 Einwohner und ist umgeben von Landwirtschaft und Wäldern. Wir haben auch einen schönen See, welcher im Sommer eine große Attraktion ist, und viele Turisten machen hier dann Urlaub. Ich bin früher immer Eislaufen gewesen auf dem See, als es im Winter noch kälter war. Man kann dort schwimmen, segeln oder windsurfen, und man kann sogar Wakeboarding lernen. Meine Stadt liegt nicht weit von einer großen Stadt, so dass die Leute dort auch shoppen gehen können, da die Zugfahrt nur 15 Minuten dauert. Unser Stadtzentrum ist sehr alt und klein, mit kleinen Geschäften und einer entspannten Atmosphäre. Es ist toll für Familien dort, weil es sehr sicher ist und eine Fußgängerzone hat, wo keine Fahrzeuge erlaubt sind. Im Sommer kann man in einen der italienischen Eis-Cafés draußen sitzen und die Passanten beobachten. Wir haben auch viele Schwimmbäder und Freibäder. Hier kann man immer was unternehmen, außer ins Kino zu gehen. Es wurde vor ein paar Jahren geschlossen, weil jetzt jeder in das riesige Kino in der großen Stadt geht. Ich lebe gern hier, da alles was ich brauche dicht dran ist und ich hier eine tolle Zeit mit meinen Freunden haben kann.

And here the English version:

The town I live in is quite small. It only has 45.000 inhabitants and is surrounded by farmland and forests. We also have a nice lake which is a great attraction in summer when many tourists come for holidays. I used to ice skate on the lake in winter when I was younger and the winters were colder. You can go swimming, sailing or windsurfing there and you even can learn how to wakeboard. My town is not far from a big city so that people can go shopping there as well as it only takes 15 minutes by train. Our town centre is very old and small with small shops and a relaxing atmosphere. It is great for families there because it is very secure and there is a pedestrian zone where no cars are allowed. In summer you can sit outside of one of the Italian ice cafes and watch the passersbys. We also have lots of indoor and outdoor swimming pools. You can always find something to do here, except for going to the cinema. It closed some years ago because everybody is going to the huge cinema in the big city. I like living here because everything I need is close by and I can have a great time here with my friends.

Vocabulary Kleinstadt

der Einwohner
der Wald
das Stadtzentrum
city centre
die Zugfahrt
train journey
die Geschäfte
die Fußgängerzone
pedestrian zone
das Freibad
Open Air Swimmingpool
der Winter
der Sommer
sehr alt
very old

Example - Meine Großstadt

If you live in a big city, have a look at this example:

Meine Stadt ist Teil des industriellen Erbes. Sie hat eine halbe Million Einwohner und war mal berühmt für ihre Stahlindustrie. Heute gibt es hier viele Museen, die zeigen wie Leute hier früher gelebt und in den Fabriken gearbeitet haben. In der Vergangenheit war die Stadt sehr dreckig wegen den Fabrikabgasen. Heute ist sie sehr grün mit vielen schönen Parks. Wir haben zwei Universitäten, und über 40.000 Studenten leben hier. Außerhalb der Stadt befindet sich ein berühmter Nationalpark, welcher Millionen von Besuchern pro Jahr anlockt. Es gibt hier auch viele Möglichkeiten, um aktiv zu sein, wobei Klettern die beliebteste ist. Viele Studenten studieren hier, damit sie im Nationalpark klettern gehen können. Das Stadtzentrum ist ziemlich klein, aber es gibt noch einige andere kleine Zentren in anderen Stadtteilen. Wir haben auch ein großes Einkaufszentrum im Norden der Stadt, welches sehr beliebt ist. Abends gibts es viele Bars und Restaurants wo man hin gehen kann. Ich kann mit meinen Freunden auch in verschiedene Kinos, Schwimmbäder und zum Eislaufen gehen. Ich wohne gerne hier, da man hier an jeder Ecke einen Park finden kann.

My English version:

My city is part of the industrial heritage. It has half a million inhabitants and used to be famous for its steel industry. Today there are lots of museums showing how people lived here and worked in the factories. In the past the city was very dirty because of the factory smoke. Today it is a very green city with lots of pretty parks. We have two universities and over 40.000 students living here. Outside the city is a famous national park, that attracts millions of visitors a year. There are also many opportunities to be active here, climbing being the most popular one. Many students study here so that they can go climbing in the national park. The city centre is quite small, but there are some other little centres in the different parts of the city. We also have a big shopping mall in the north of the city which is very popular. In the evening there are loads of bars and restaurants to go to. I can go to different cinemas, to the stadion, swimming pools and ice skating with my friends as well. I like living here because you can find a park here around every corner.

Think about positive and negative aspects about living in a big city


5 Famous German Movies You Should Watch

I selected 5 popular and famous German movies for you. If you learn a language then you should not concentrate on the language alone. The German culture is part of what you should learn, too. These movies cover important parts of the German history, show how people live or lived in Germany. If you understand the people's past you have a bigger chance to understand people themselves. All of these 5 movies are starring well known German actors. Topics are communist system in the former "DDR" and the Nazi-Regime. "Schtonk" is a very funny movie and features one of my favourite actors "Veronika Ferres".

Vocabulary Großstadt

der Besucher
der Student/ die Studentin
das Eislaufen
ice skating
die Universität
das Klettern
in der Vergangenheit
in the past
die Stahlindustrie
Steel Industry
das Erbe
die Fabrik
im Norden
in the north
die Möglichkeit

Here are the Verbs

Conjugated German Verbs
English Equivalent
(ich) wohne
to live (somewhere)
(sie) hat
to have
(sie) ist umgeben von
umgeben sein von
to be surrounded by
(ich) brauche
to need
(etwas oder jemanden) anlocken
to attract
(sie) haben gelebt
to live
(sie) haben gearbeitet
es gibt
there are

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Key sentences for your German essay

Meine Stadt ist berühmt für...

My Townsend is famous for...

In meiner Stadt gibt es viele ...(Parks, Spielplätze, Einkauszentren, junge Leute, alte Leute, Studenten, Verbrechen...).

There are many...(parks, playgrounds, shopping malls, young people, old people, students, crime) in my town.

Ich wohne in einem Vorort.

I live in the suburbs.

Ich wohne in der Nähe vom Bahnhof/ Flughafen/ Friedhof/ von meiner Schule.

I live close to the train station/ airport/ cemetery/ my school.

Ich wohne mitten in der Stadt.

I live in middle of the city.

More free German essays for you!

Thank you for reading!

I hope you enjoyed part 6 of my new series of free German essays and that you come back soon for more!

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      Anne 10 months ago

      Thank you. It helped me to save my grades!

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      bongawonga 12 months ago from UK

      Thank you all so much. I am glad I could help. I will probably add another example soon. I am working on hubs about the topics "myself", "my mother" at the moment.

      I will also record videos where I will read the texts out loud to you so that you can hear the pronunciation.

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