André Klein

  • German

    5 Best German-English Dictionaries Online, Offline, Apps & Add-Ons

    Whenever people ask me which online German-English dictionary is the best, whether to use an app, a browser extension, an offline lookup tool or just go full retro and lug around a paper dictionary, I always answer: “Whatever works for…

    June 8, 2017, by


    12 Hilarious German City Names Translated Literally & Their Real Origins

    Almost everyone knows Germany’s capital and major cities. But did you know that we have tons of little towns and villages with the most absurdly hilarious names such as Hundeluft (“dog air”), Darmstadt (“intestine city”) and Schweinfurt (“swine ford”). In…

    March 14, 2017, by


    The Funny German Animal Names Quiz

    The German language is (in)famously known for being very productive when it comes to inventing new words by simply stringing two or more existing ones together. For example, in German a vacuum cleaner is simply called “dust sucker” (Staubsauger), a…

    February 6, 2017, by


    5 Free German Textbooks For Beginners

    Like most textbooks, German textbooks can be quite pricey, and especially for students with a low-budget or those just looking for a good way to get started without breaking the bank, free online textbooks can be a good alternative. But where…

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    German States & Capitals Quiz

    It is commonly known that Germany is a country in the center of Europe. But did you know that the offical name for it is actually “Bundesrepublik Deutschland” (BRD) which translates to “Federal Republic of Germany”? In short, modern Germany…

    October 25, 2016, by


    17 Hilarious German Insults That Are More Funny Than Offensive

    One of the peculiarities of the German language is that you can very easily string nouns together to create new words which very quickly leads to monstrosities like Donaudampfschifffahrtskapitänkajütentürknauf” (door handle of a Danube captain’s cabin). Unsurprisingly, some of the best…

    September 22, 2016, by


    11 German Idioms About Summer & Sun

    German idioms are a great way to learn new words as part of short phrases and expressions that you can immediately apply in everyday life. Today, I’ve collected 11 German idioms around the theme of summer, holiday, heat and sun….

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    The Strange German Food Quiz

    Germany has a lot of culinary weirdness to offer. Not only are some of our regional specialties very peculiar in nature, they often also come with names which are rather silly. Can you decipher the titles and find out what…

    June 14, 2016, by


    10 Online Games To Boost Your German Learning (Text, Strategy, Adventures)

    Playing video games can be a fun way to learn German (or any language, for that matter), but the problem is that most games designed specifically for learners are utterly boring, so learners will often be better off to just play games designed for…

    April 15, 2016, by


    Learn German On Reddit With These 22 German Subreddits

    Reddit, aka “the front page of the internet” is one of the biggest social networks and entertainment websites in the world. Reddit is a lot of things, both good and bad, but the way it works is that users submit links, images…

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    How To Do A German Accent In 4 Simple Steps And Become the Next Supervillain

    Do you sometimes wish you didn’t have a foreign accent while speaking German? Perhaps then for once German natives would stop switching to English and finally honor your painstakingly constructed utterances! Well, it takes time to develop a good command of…

    March 31, 2016, by


    How To Use A German Keyboard On Your iPhone, Android, Mac or Windows PC

    Have you ever struggled with German spelling? Don’t worry, we all have, even for native Germans the many rules and reforms can quickly turn correct spelling into a guessing game. But as with everything, practice makes perfect, or as we…

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