News

NEW: Walzer in Wien TalkingBook + Free Demo

Good news everyone! There’s a new TalkingBook edition for Walzer in Wien, episode 7 of the Dino lernt Deutsch series, with completely remastered audio narration. As usual I’ve also added this TalkingBook to the Walzer in Wien ebook and audio bundle, and the Dino Complete Series Bundle, so if you purchased either of these bundles from our…

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Die Küchenuhr – Wolfgang Borchert (1921-1947)

Introduction “Die Küchenuhr” (The Kitchen Clock), first published in 1947, is a popular short story by the renowned German writer Wolfgang Borchert (1921-1947), known for his powerful works that capture the profound impact of war on individuals and society. Borchert himself was deeply affected by his experiences as a soldier in World War II and…

German

4 Ways How Reading In German Can Improve Your Speaking Proficiency

Reading German novels or short stories can be a great way to increase your vocabulary and see grammatical structures in action. There’s no pressure to parse things quickly. You can take your time with each sentence or paragraph until you feel confident you’ve understood everything. But is reading foreign language “comprehensible input” only helpful for…

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Mastering German Word Order: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide

Have you ever felt like putting German words together is a bit like trying to assemble furniture without the instruction manual? You’re not alone! The topic of German word order may seem daunting at first, but once you understand core mechanics and principles, it gets a lot easier. The trick is to know what to…

German

The Ultimate Guide to German Prepositions For Beginners

Introduction Learning German can be challenging, especially when it comes to grammar topics like prepositions. These little words can change the meaning of a sentence drastically, and in my experience as a German teacher, after declension and word order it’s one of the main topics beginners are struggling with. In this article, we will dive…

German

Language Learning Is Dead, Long Live Language Learning!

“In the future, noone will have to learn languages,” my grandpa said and adjusted his ski goggles. “With the help of technology you’ll one day be able to speak and understand every tongue on earth.” We were inching our way up over a steep ridge deep in the French Alps, the chair lift swaying and creaking in…

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New Release: Sturm auf Sylt Audiobook (MP3)

I know many of you have been waiting for this, so I’m very happy to announce that the audiobook for Dino lernt Deutsch, episode 12: Sturm auf Sylt is finally here! Get Audiobook Like all Dino lernt Deutsch audiobooks, this one comes in high quality MP3* format, to enjoy on any device or app you prefer, without limitations,…

Quizzes

German Sayings & Proverbs Quiz

Proverbs and sayings play a significant role in German culture, reflecting the wisdom, humor (yes, it exists), and values of the culture. These concise and often poetic expressions provide insights into German customs, beliefs, and everyday life. Whether you’re a language enthusiast, a traveler, or simply curious about German culture, this quiz will put your…

Grammar

German Word Order Cheat Sheet (PDF)

German word order can be confusing for beginners, but once you wrap your head around key principles, understanding the flexibility of German sentence structure becomes a lot easier. After having written a detailed beginner’s guide to German word order, today I’d like to share a quick cheat sheet with you that lists some of the…

Culture

8 German Music Terms and Concepts You Need to Know

Have you ever marveled at how certain German music terms like “Leitmotif” have seamlessly integrated themselves into everyday English? The influence of German music terminology on the larger linguistic and cultural landscape is both fascinating and pervasive. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most fascinating and inspiring terms and concepts…

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4 Benefits Of Learning German With Stories [INFOGRAPHIC]

Learning a new language can be challenging, but also rewarding and fun. One of the most effective and enjoyable ways to improve your German skills is to read stories in your target language. Stories can help you expand your vocabulary by learning words in context (instead of isolation), improve your grammar awareness, boost your immersion…

Vocabulary

200 Common German Nouns (A1+): Boost Your Vocabulary

Learning common German nouns is essential for building a strong foundation in the language. In this article, we will explore 200 frequently used German nouns across various categories. By familiarizing yourself with these nouns, you’ll be better equipped to express yourself and engage in meaningful conversations in German. Keep in mind to always memorize nouns…

Other Languages

5 Mental Health Benefits Of Learning Languages

Learning a new language can open new career opportunities and act as a gateway to other cultures, but did you know that there also many mental health benefits of learning a new language? It can boost your self confidence, enhance empathy and cultural awareness, spur creative thinking and even alleviate symptoms of depression. Before we…

Quizzes

Just Kant Get Enough: The German Philosophy Quiz

Welcome to the realm of intellectual exploration! Are you ready to embark on a mind-bending journey into the depths of German philosophy? In this quiz, we will dive into the fascinating world of influential German philosophers and their groundbreaking ideas. From Kant to Nietzsche, Hegel to Heidegger, prepare to challenge your mental agility and discover…