Das Futur II

Talking about the past in the future in German – das Futur II

When it comes to talking about the future in German, the abstract ideas are best left to Germany’s great philosophers. German speakers, as we’ve discussed in previous posts, are more likely to formulate the future more simply. In fact, German allows one to express events in the future using the present simple plus the time that the action will take place. Don’t complicate things by trying to do direct translation from English to German. Let’s look at an example:

Das Futur II

Talking about the past in the future in German – das Futur II

When it comes to talking about the future in German, the abstract ideas are best left to Germany’s great philosophers. German speakers, as we’ve discussed in previous posts, are more likely to formulate the future more simply. In fact, German

Toll Prima Geil

Supergeiler Artikel – Expressing enthusiasm and admiration in German

The other day my friend was walking her dog in Zurich when a man spray painting a wall along the Limmat yelled after her “geiler Arsch” (nice ass). She was shocked, and I’m surprised that the dog didn’t bite the

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Hin und Her – here and there, and the importance of direction in German

When people first start learning German, one of the basic things that is confusing for many is that there are three words for where, well kind of. We have wo – where (exact location), wohin – where to (direction away

Partizip I

The German Present Participle – Partizip I

Clarifying a Common Mistake Before We Start: For anyone who’s learned English, especially in North America, you probably remember hearing the definition of a verb being “the word ending in -ing.” That was definitely a simplification that put many of

Kaufen Vs. Einkaufen

Kaufen vs. Einkaufen — Shopping made easy

The holiday season is again upon us. For many that means parties (Partys), family (Familie), and shopping (shoppen?). I’ve question marked the word shoppen because it’s the idea I want to clarify in todays post. Students always ask me, “When

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Giving Thanks in German — German Thanksgiving Vocabulary

This coming Thursday (Donnerstag) Americans in the United States and all over the world will once again celebrate their Thanksgiving festival (das Erntedankfest; literally festival in thanks of the harvest). Next to Christmas (Weihnachten) this is one of the most

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Frohes Chanukka! — German Hanukkah vocabulary

Saturday marked the start of Hanukkah, an annual Jewish festival commemorating the building of the second temple in Jerusalem. In today’s post we’ll look at some common and important German Hanukkah vocabulary.

German Verbs With Prepositions

German Verbs and Prepositions – Learn these together

Last week we looked at German adjectives and the prepositions they take. It’s great to get into the habit of learning certain set phrases, especially prepositional phrases, because this is often in language learning where direct translation will get you

Adjektive Und Präpositionen

74 German Adjectives and Prepositions with Examples

Depending on how long you’ve been following our blog, you might have already read our post on verbs and prepositions. Facebook fans will also be familiar that we often ask you what your questions are, so we can answer them.

Damals Mal Zeit

German’s two words for time: Zeit vs. Mal

When many students start speaking German there are three words that they often confuse, and funny enough they all have to do with notions of time.

Wein Deutschlernen

Speaking about Wine in German — Vocabulary & Expressions

The wine boats (Weinschiffe) are back at Zurich’s Bürkliplatz for the 60th annual Expovina. This is Switzerland’s largest wine fair, a great place to try new wines, meet friends, and speak German. If you’re in Zurich, or the area, I

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Telephoning in German — What you need to know

[Ring, ring, ring. Click.] Marathon Sprachen. Langenegger am Apparat, guten Tag. Ah, ah, ah, … English?… Oh, yes, English is ok. … The above telephone conversation occurs on a regular basis even with people who have a B1 or higher

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