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Category: German


Lost in Translation: Navigating German-English Cognates and False Friends

The German and English languages have a lot of similarities that might surprise many people. The two languages have a shared history and ancestry that dates back to the Germanic tribes that inhabited Northern Europe centuries ago. The German and English languages are classified as West Germanic languages, which means they share a lot of…


17 Famous German Inventions That Shaped Our World

Have you ever wondered where some of the most brilliant inventions in our daily lives come from? In today’s fast-paced world, we often take for granted the objects that make our lives easier, more enjoyable, and more connected. How have German inventions influenced modern technology? Germany, the land of poets and thinkers, has long been…


A Graphical German Grammar

Scaling the craggy cliffs of Mount Grammar is a lifelong challenge for most German learners. And unfortunately there are no easy shortcuts. (Believe me, if there were, we’d have found them by now!) Many paths lead over this often frustratingly complex terrain. Which one to take? Where to start? Well, it all depends on your…


Learn German with Aesop’s Fables: Belling The Cat

Einmal hielten die Mäuse eine Versammlung ab. Sie suchten nach einem Plan, um sie endgültig von ihrem Feind, der Katze, zu befreien. Zumindest wollten sie wissen, wann sie kam, damit sie Zeit hatten wegzulaufen. Es musste wirklich etwas getan werden, denn sie lebten in solch ständiger Angst vor ihren Klauen, dass sie kaum noch wagten,…


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…


Basics of German: A Brief Introduction to the German A1 Level

Alphabet Basic Phrases Number System Intro to German Grammar Self-introduction Are you considering learning German? If so, you are probably looking for resources to introduce you to the language. Whether it’s for personal reasons, because you are going to work in Germany or because you have to take the Goethe German A1 Test, it’s important…


7 Ways To Learn German with ChatGPT

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….


How Long Does it Really Take to Learn German?

Imagine yourself diving headfirst into the linguistic ocean that is the German language. You’ve heard tales of its turbulent grammar, a treasure trove of compound words, and the promise of cultural riches that lie beneath the surface. It’s no wonder you might find yourself wondering, “How long does it take to learn German? I mean,…


5 Tips for Learning German

Learning a new language can be an exciting and challenging experience, and German is no exception. Here are 5 tips to help you get started on your journey to learn German. Tip #1: Start with the Basics When learning German, starting with the basics is crucial to building a strong foundation for your language skills….


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…


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…