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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

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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

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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

Indefinite Pronouns

German indefinite pronouns – not being explicit, maybe in vague

I have often written and still maintain that German is a language of precision. However, when it comes to indefinite pronouns, many are left scratching their heads. First off German has many indefinite pronouns that are very similar in meaning

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German Verbs With Inseparable Prefixes — Nicht trennbare Verben

Verbs, they seem to be one of the trickiest types of words to learn because there are so many of them and every sentence needs them. They also often have multiple meanings that change when put together with prepositions and

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Correlations in German — Combining ideas in sentences

Quite a few of my students are presently preparing for their B1 and B2 German Exams (Goethe Zertifikat). As we progress through different learning materials, I place a huge focus on writing. Writing is a great way to apply grammatical

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