Category: Language Learning

German

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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9 Ways To Immerse Yourself in German at Home

Travelling to a country where your target language is spoken is a great way to practice and to immerse yourself in the language. However when it’s not possible to travel to Germany, there are plenty of ways to bring the German language to your home. Immersing yourself in the language is a fantastic way to…

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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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German Language as a Path to Understanding the Mind

Those seeking to gain knowledge about the human mind and spirituality, might think of learning an extra language like ancient Greek, or Sanskrit. Here we will present the view that they should also consider learning German. The German language can be a gateway to accessing the works of some really important thinkers. Sure these texts can…

Books

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,…

Language Learning

Learning German with Stories: The Short & Funny Tales Of The Schildbürger

Let’s escape our current timeline for a bit, shall we? Let’s travel back in time to the Middle Ages, to the fabulous city of Schilda somewhere in the middle of Germany. Its inhabitants were called “Schildbürger”, i.e. the citizens of Schilda. They were strange people. Everything they did, they did wrong. And everything they were…

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The German Prefix “be-” Explained

Once you’ve started learning a few German verbs, you’ll notice that there are a number of awkwardly similar verbs which have a slightly similar yet sufficiently different meaning. I’m talking about those pesky German verb prefixes which sometimes are just two or three letters long but completely change the meaning of the verb. Let’s take…