Posts tagged German


9 Things You Should Know About Cologne’s Carnival

1. In Cologne, Silliness Is Serious Business At the end of February, from Thursday* until Ash Wednesday, the city of Cologne is in an exceptional state. Carnival (in German Karneval) has been celebrated in Cologne since medieval times and is…

February 27, 2014, by


False Friends: 5 German Words That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do

German and English are both Germanic languages, so they not only share many grammatical features but also have a lot of similar words. For example, when you know English and you hear the German word “Haus” you immediately know what…

January 28, 2014, by


Top 10 German Movies For Learners

Learning German with stories is an effective and fun way to practice and enjoy yourself at the same time. I’ve already written about a selection of German short stories. Today, I’d like to present a number of my top 10…

January 14, 2014, by


Fed Up With German Articles and Gender? Let This Free Tool Fix Your Emails

Many people don’t appreciate the fact that English nouns have no gender until they come upon another language which does. French and Spanish nouns have both masculine and feminine gender, which is bad enough for most learners, but German learners…

November 4, 2013, by


5 Ways To Learn German For Free

Are you looking for a way to learn German for free? There are as many ways to learn German as there are individuals. Every day new sites are popping up that promise to help you learn German for free and…

September 24, 2013, by


Learn German With Adventure Games

Foreign language learners have access to a wealth of online learning materials, from books to interactive exercises, videos, audio and more. And yet, one key ingredient is still often missing: real world practice. Sure, if you already live in the…

September 2, 2013, by


How to Learn German With Stories

  German seems to be very popular, these days. Whether it’s the obnoxious “How German sounds compared to other languages” meme (it should actually be called: How German sounds when you are shouting) or the raving popularity of the Nein…

August 23, 2013, by


How To Add a German-English Dictionary To Kindle on Your iPad or iPhone (iOS)

One of the great benefits of using ebooks for language learning is the ability to use custom dictionaries. Instead of having to search for each unknown word in a dictionary you can get instant translations while reading your book. If…

August 9, 2013, by

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Of Swords & Dungeons: An Interactive Gamebook For German Learners

After writing three detective stories for German learners in 2012 and seeing people embrace the format, I wanted to do something different and yet very similar in 2013. So, I decided to create an interactive fantasy ebook for German learners…

April 15, 2013, by


How Not To Learn German Quickly

Through the years as a German teacher I had the chance to work with learners from all over the world. Not only did I observe a variety of difficulties due to peculiarities of mother tongues but even beyond that each…

March 13, 2013, by


Why Learn German? Here Are 7 (Slightly Unreasonable) Reasons

It’s no secret that learning German can be a career booster since Germany has the largest economy in the European Union and the third largest in the world. We all know that German is a great asset in literature, film,…

January 20, 2013, by


Learn German On Kindle With Free Books

Not long ago I wrote a post about how to use your Kindle to learn a foreign language. Since then I have been using it myself quite a lot, both to help me learn languages and create my own German teaching…

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