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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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5 Short German Poems with English Translations

No matter the language, poems hold a special place in people’s hearts. The same is true with German poems. Poetry by German greats Goethe, Bertolt Brecht, Heinrich Heine, and so many others, continue to be read and loved today. If you’re looking for short German poems that you can easily memorize by heart, this article is […]

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