Language Learning

Learning Languages With Netflix Has Just Become So Much Easier

Many language learners are watching movies to improve their listening comprehension and pick up new words. Some like to just immerse themselves in the foreign language with foreign subtitles, others watch it with foreign audio and subtitles in their native…

July 8, 2020, by

German

Boost Your German Vocab With This Quirky Web Game

While sorting through some old files recently (definitely not procrastination but research!) I stumbled over some old notes and re-discovered this quirky little language learning game which is just too good not to share. It’s called Ba Ba Dum, and…

March 12, 2020, by

German

3 Simple Rules of German Negation: How To Position “Nicht” in A Sentence

German syntax can be quite daunting. There are many moving parts. It can be helpful to split things up into smaller more manageable bits. Earlier today for example a question came up on the newsletter about the correct placement of…

February 27, 2020, by

German

New: German Dialogues For Beginners & Intermediates (PDF, MOBI, EPUB)

Over the past few months I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of dialogue. Whether it’s the Socratic dialogues or the Analects of Confucius, both Eastern and Western traditions have been using dialogue as a teaching tool for more…

February 3, 2020, by

German

Should German Learners Use Google Translate?

When Wikipedia first became popular I remember my teachers and professors scoffing at it: “A free encyclopedia? On the Internet? Why, that can’t be good! You had better learn to use the library instead, young whippersnapper!” And yet everyone still…

January 14, 2020, by

German

Not Rammstein: German Music Artists Beyond The Teutonic Shtick

When we think of Brazilian music we think of samba, bossa nova, a cool breeze on the beach and the Girl from Ipanema. But what do you think of when you think German music? Do you think of laid-back melodies…

October 13, 2019, by

German

7 Tools To Help You Write In German

There are many ways to learn German, and they all have their pros and cons. Obviously, I’m a huge fan of learning German with stories. I believe it’s one of the most fun methods of acquiring new vocabulary and making…

October 1, 2019, by

German

NEW: Karneval in Köln Workbook (PDF)

Good news, everyone! Jeff Richards and I completed another workbook for the Dino lernt Deutsch series. This time we’re bringing you another 60+ pages packed with exercises, writing prompts, crossword puzzles and other activities for Karneval in Köln. As with the…

September 3, 2019, by

German

German Spelling Made Easy With Duden Spellchecker & Grammar Checker

Did you know that 100 years ago German spelling was a highly fragmented endeavor? People just spelled how they felt like, and with all the different dialects and varieties that resulted in wildly different outcomes, which made for a lot of misunderstandings. All of…

March 23, 2019, by

Hacks & Tutorials

How To Create ANKI Flashcards From Your Kindle Vocabulary Builder

The Vocabulary Builder on Kindle Paperwhite (and Oasis, Voyager) is a powerful feature for language learners if used right. It collects all the words that you look up, including their definition and context. You can then use a rudimentary flashcard system…

January 13, 2019, by

German

Some German Traditions That Seem Weird to Foreigners

One thing about moving to or visiting a new country is that often the culture and customs are different. This means that when communicating with say, a person from Germany, responses and reactions may not be quite what you might…

December 30, 2018, by

German

1929: The Year Babylon (Documentary)

Did you enjoy Babylon Berlin, the critically acclaimed German TV series? Perhaps even used it to boost your German listening skills? If you’ve ever wondered about the historical accuracy of the series there’s a great documentary which aims to provide some context…

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