8 Popular German Nursery Rhymes with English Translations (+videos)

German Nursery Rhymes with English Translations TH

Learning Kinderreime (nursery rhymes in German) can serve several purposes. Both children and adults find them useful. Bilingual parents can help children adopt German culture and language using nursery rhymes, while adults can gain important insight into German vocabulary and cultural mentality. Few children, whether native speakers or learners, are unfamiliar with rhymes like Eins, Zwei, Papagei […]

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12 German Novels for Learners (+ 2 extra!)

12 German Novels for Learners – Plus 2 Extra!_TH

Reading novels can help you learn German by helping you with new vocabulary, seeing how the language is used in practice, and understanding more about German culture.  The novels we’ve reviewed in our short guide are best for intermediate language learners, i.e. levels B1 and B2. Some of them are suitable for learners at level […]

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How to Swear in German

German’s the best language to yell and swear in, hands down. Just compare Verdammt! or Scheiße (Fer – dahmt, Shai-zeh) to their mild-sounding English counterparts, dammit and sh**. What’s more, there are lots where these came from.  This article will talk about the most common swear words in German, running the gamut of expletives from light […]

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10 Best Comics to Learn German

Before we all became politically correct, there were jokes like this:Q: What are the three shortest books in the world?   The answer:   1. The Irish book of wisdom   2. Al Gore: The Wild Years   3. 100 Years of German humorGerman humor is kind of an acquired taste. For example, a German might say something like, “Sorry […]

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A Guide to German Numbers: Learn to Count and Much More

Learning to count might not seem appealing once you have passed primary school, but numbers are omnipresent in daily life.  Whether you want to negotiate a price, arrange a meeting, find out an address or phone number, or even just reserve a table for four, without some basic knowledge of numbers, even simple transactions can […]

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A Quick Guide to German Pronunciation and Alphabet

There is no shortage of myths and prejudices about the German language. People talk about how hard it is, how bad it sounds, and how different it is from English, from other European languages – and from world languages as a whole. Did you know German and English used to be one language? They started separating […]

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German Reflexive Pronouns: A Quick Guide to What They Are and How to Use Them

The German language has many different pronouns for every occasion and situation. In English we use them too, but make do with far fewer of them. But don´t be intimidated. It is very likely, that you have come across and even used them already.  In this article, we’ll take a look at German reflexive pronouns—what […]

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A Quick Guide to German Grammatical Gender: Der, Die, Das

For English speakers, the idea of grammatical gender may seem odd. Why is a table male, a door female and a window neutral in German?  Though it might feel random and an arduous task to remember, there are some consistencies and rules to help you identify what is what.  We will look at each one […]

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German Possessive Pronouns: Get to Know the Possessivpronomen

Possessive pronouns are words like mine, yours and theirs. In this article, we walk through when to use the various forms of German possessive pronouns. Having four cases and genders to work with means there’s a lot of endings you’ll be working with. To simplify it, we’re going to tackle each in bite sized chunks and […]

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A Simple Guide to the German Preterite Tense

Hallo! In this article, we will be looking at the German Preterite tense, what it is and how to use it. Enjoy! Quick Navigation What is the German preterite tense?When should we use the German preterite tense?How do we form the preterite tense? Irregularities in the preterite tense a) Modal verbs b) Strong verbs What […]

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