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5 Ways To Use ChatGPT to Learn German

AI chatbots can be an amazing tool for language learning, especially if you’re studying on your own. There are several potential benefits to using AI chatbots for language learning, such as providing personalized and customized instruction, allowing learners to practice their language skills in a interactive and engaging way, and offering instant feedback and correction….

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New Release: Dino lernt Deutsch Collector’s Edition (Books 9-12)

After the release of my latest book Sturm auf Sylt I’ve received many emails asking about the next Dino lernt Deutsch Collector’s Edition (9-12), and I’m happy to report that after more than a month of (re)formatting, pixel-herding and code-wrangling, it’s finally ready! As always you can get it as a Kindle edition, Paperback, or (for the first time) directly from…

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New Release: Dino lernt Deutsch Volume 12

Dino lernt Deutsch episode 12 Sturm auf Sylt is finally here! 🥳 It’s currently available on Amazon (as Paperback or Kindle edition), Apple Books or directly from our store as a digital download: Get Book As always, the book comes with custom English-German vocabularies for each chapter, quick comprehension quizzes, original illustrations and free flashcards…

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How To Learn German Grammar By Yourself

Recently I received an interesting question by Ollie Lovell from Breakthru Languages about how to learn German grammar on your own. Since this is a probably a question many of you have, I wanted to talk a bit about this issue today. If you’re already participating in a structured course or working with a tutor, you’ll naturally be exposed…

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9 Fun Facts About The German Alphabet

Have you ever wondered what the differences are between the German and the English alphabet, why some German words seem to go on forever and what these strange dots over the vowels mean? Here are nine quirky factoids: 1. The German Alphabet has 4 extra letters The German alphabet uses the same 26 letters like…

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4 Ways To Practice Speaking German Online (For Free)

Whenever I talk to German learners I never miss out on the opportunity to ask about the biggest challenges when learning German, and dreimal darfst du raten* what are the most commons answers: Articles (der/die/das) Declension (Akkusativ/Genitiv/Dativ, etc.) Other grammar stuff (Passiv/Aktiv, Konjunktiv, etc.) So, yeah. That’s not too surprising. German grammar is tricky. (Here…

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Advance Your German With These 11 Award-Winning Screenplays

Why learn German with screenplays? Hannah Arendt (2012) Systemsprenger (2019) – “System Crasher” Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage (2005) – “Sophie Scholl – The Final Days” Kirschblüten – Hanami (2008) – “Cherry Blossoms” Almanya – Willkommen in Deutschland -“Almanya: Welcome to Germany” Weissensee (2010-2018) Further Resources Reading German novels and short stories is a…

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Read Free Stage Plays & Sketches To Improve Your German Conversation Skills

After having released my first book of easy German dialogues last year, I’ve been thinking a lot about the immediacy of the spoken word, and how this more direct way of storytelling can be helpful for language learners. There’s something about the back-and-forth of two (or more) people speaking that just pulls you right into the natural…

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4 Sites To Help You Improve Your German Pronunciation Which Aren’t Google Translate

What do you do when you don’t know how to pronounce a German word? It’s a simple question, right? But there are many answers! Today I’d like to share some resources that will help you find the right pronunciation of any German word out there within just a few seconds, no matter how offbeat or…

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From “Sneeze Shame” to “Hygiene Knights”: 10 Strange New German Words Created By The Pandemic

After more than one year in the grip of a global pandemic, our  daily lives have changed extensively. The way we work, travel, socialize and decompress have all undergone strange transformations. And these changes have begun to be reflected in the way we use language. The Leibniz Institute for the German Language, an organisation for documenting…

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7 Literary Classics In Simplified German

How do you make the leap from studying German textbooks, flipping flashcards and poring over worksheets to reading (and enjoying) classic literature? Even native speakers who make their first acquaintance with the classics in high school often find themselves bewildered by archaic vocabulary and convoluted nested sentences. Whenever the literary German dives into a sentence,…