André Klein



  • German

    Howdy! This is Texas German

    Have you ever wondered how many German dialects there are? Between the breezy Northern Platt and the homely Southern Boarisch, it’s actually quite difficult to come up with a definite number. Theoretically there are as many dialects as there are German speakers. Especially…

    December 10, 2018, by

    Language Learning

    Introducing: The Bookshop Redesign

    It’s the year 2018. We still don’t have flying cars, but Wikipedia lists more than 30 different ebook file formats. As much as I love to read (and create) ebooks, there are so many different competing formats and platforms out there that…

    October 26, 2018, by

    German

    Tips & Strategies For Learning German With Stories

    Learning German with stories can be a great way to expand your vocabulary, boost your passive grammar skills and get a general feel for the language, all while enjoying a (hopefully) entertaining yarn. But how to do it the best way?…

    October 8, 2018, by

    German

    6 Famous German Beer Styles & Brands You Have To Taste For Yourself

    German beer is inarguably one of the most famous staples of German culture, way up there with Sauerkraut, cakes, automotive engineering and wearing socks and sandals. (Sorry for that.) But have you ever asked yourself how many German beers there…

    July 30, 2018, by

    German

    These 5 German Cakes Will Make Your Mouth Water

    One of the most rewarding aspects of learning a new language is getting to know a whole new culture and cuisine! We have a saying in German: “Liebe geht durch den Magen.” – “The way to a (wo)man’s heart is…

    July 20, 2018, by

    German

    Global German: Meet Monte Joffee from New York City

    After talking to the German learning group from Sioux Falls, I’m happy to share with you another interview today. Meet Monte! In the late 60s he took some introductory courses in college, fell in love with the language, but through the…

    July 11, 2018, by

    German

    11 Yiddish Words in German And Their Ancient Hebrew Origins

    Did you know that some of the funniest, most expressive words in German aren’t actually German but Yiddish? They’ve become such an integral part of our language that even native speakers aren’t always aware of their origins. Interestingly, while American…

    July 9, 2018, by

    German

    Learn German With Radio Plays: Free Audio Dramas For Listening & Learning

    Listening to a gripping story as an audio book can be a great way to immerse yourself in narrative German, pick up on on speech patterns, prosody and pronunciation. But you know what’s even more immersive? Radio plays! The difference…

    June 29, 2018, by

    German

    New: Café in Berlin German Workbook by Jeff Richards (Free PDF)

    Café in Berlin is the book that started the Dino lernt Deutsch series, and it remains one of my most popular German story books to date. It has been an Amazon bestseller for many consecutive months, topping the charts in…

    June 25, 2018, by

    German

    Global German: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

    One of the fun aspects of being an indie-publisher is seeing how a book travels around the world, not just in terms of regional clicks and sales, but hearing from actual people. In the last couple of years I’ve dedicated…

    June 20, 2018, by

    German

    How To Learn German in Germany When Everyone’s Speaking English To You

    So you’ve downloaded a couple of German apps, read some books, picked up a few phrases, and then you finally get on that flight to Berlin or Munich, eager to put all of your efforts to use. You’re going to…

    June 15, 2018, by

    German

    How To Blast Off With Easy German Reading Practice

    There are many moving parts in the German language: grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, etc. These are all things that native speakers tend to be unaware of. We don’t “calculate” declensions, rummage through our mental dictionaries or twist our tongue into unseemly…

    June 8, 2018, by