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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

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

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

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,

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

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

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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