Prepositions And Articles In German

Is it “in Zürich” or “im Zürich?”

Almost all German learners will get to a point where they question when does one use “in” and “im” in German. One of the biggest issues with these two words is that in and im sound so alike. Here’s the IPA pronunciation of in [ɪn] and im [ɪm]. So when do you use one and when do you use the other? To answer this, you need to know if the word after in is in the accusative or dative. Remember

Prepositions And Articles In German

Is it “in Zürich” or “im Zürich?”

Almost all German learners will get to a point where they question when does one use “in” and “im” in German. One of the biggest issues with these two words is that in and im sound so alike. Here’s the

Swearing In German

Swearing and Words of Aggression in German

The other day I went to watch Monty Python Live (mostly) in Zurich. The event was funny and all subtitled in German, which for the the majority of the people was not necessary for understanding as the Swiss that enjoy

Bad German Words

Seven German words that sound bad, but aren’t

German and English derive from the same base language so they have a great many similarities. I always tell new students that they should seek to make connections between English and German but also other words – especially newer so-called

Relationships In German E1404894949183

Degrees of Friendship and Relationships in German

Because of Switzerland’s strict immigration laws it used to be when you asked non-Swiss why they were in Switzerland the answer would usually be one of two things: 1. work, 2. love. With the Schengen-Dublin agreement that changed and more

Restaurant

Ordering in German — Auswärts essen

Learning a new language takes a degree of humility. It often means starting from zero and learning things like the alphabet and counting again. Simple ideas can be a struggle to express in your new language and then when you

Hitze

Heiss, Hitze, Heizen – Words for heat in German

Summer has returned to Zurich and like in so much of the world today seemed to come right after winter, though this year most of us in Northern Switzerland were left wondering, what winter? Of course with summer come the

Versuchen Vs. Probieren

Probieren vs. Versuchen – Sometimes you just need to try

A few weeks ago at our Stammtisch one of our Stammgäste was ordering a beer from the giant list of speciality brews featured at Fork and Bottle and asked, “Darf ich das Bier bitte versuchen, bevor ich es bestelle?” I

German Animal Expressions

Pig-dogs, Pony Farms, and Monkey Theaters – Expressions in German

When you get to know a language well enough you discover that no matter how boring your teachers may have made them out to be or how simply rediculous à la Eddy Izzard’s “Le singe est sur la branche” they

Tastsinn

Die fünf Sinne Teil 6 Tasten – Touching in German

The final sense that we can all agree on that we have is that of touch (Tastsinn). The verb that you can use the most for to touch is berühren. In Swiss-German we would say aaglänge. Because this word has

Schmecken In German

Die fünf Sinne Teil 5 Schmecken – Tasting in German

Once you’ve smelled a delicious wine, a Riesling or a Pinot perhaps, you can’t wait to taste it. Schmecken is the sense of taste. As we learned above the Swiss-German word for riechen is schmöcke and that same word is

Riechen

Die fünf Sinne Teil 4 Riechen – Smelling in German

Riechen is an interesting verb and sense. Most of our taste (Geschmackssinn) comes from our ability to smell (riechen). That’s why wine enthusiasts spend so much time smelling wine. The verb is not terribly complicated until you move to Switzerland,

Hören

Die fünf Sinne Teil 3 Hören – Hearing in German

Hearing is an important sense when it comes to learning any language. The best thing you can do to improve your listening comprehension is to listen to more German be it TV programs, people in cafés, or radio broadcasts. Check

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