You can learn a huge amount of a foreign language by reading and understanding signs – Schilder (das Schild). They are all around you and contain many useful words and phrases.
Signs are a combination of language and design. Germany has its own unique style and it’s visible in the signs. It’s all part of our experience of the country and its culture.
They tell us a lot about the culture – die Kultur – as well as the style and uniqueness of the country.
Learn German Through Signs presents photographs of signs I’ve taken on trips to Germany and the German-speaking countries.
The ebook follows a simple format. First I present the sign on its own for you to ‘decipher’, followed by a page with a smaller size image, accompanied by explanations of phrases and vocabulary.
For the cover design, I created a graphic that’s typical of road signs in Germany. It has a yellow background with black text. The font is the actual text used on German road signs, which was first developed in the 1930s. The name of the font is DIN 1451. DIN stands for Deutsches Institut für Normung – the organisation that sets standards.
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