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10 Child-Friendly German Movies to Watch with the Whole Family

While watching movies with your family can definitely be enjoyable, there are two far more important reasons to do it: improving your language skills and communication. Spending a few hours a week or once every two weeks in front of the TV as a family encourages communication. You don’t need to be talking all the […]

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Do’s and Don’ts for People Travelling to Germany

Quick Navigation Do be on TimeDo Share RidesDo Bring Enough CashDo Make Eye Contact When Raising Your GlassDo Buy a Transport Card Do try German Bread and BeerDon’t Call After 20:00Don’t Ignore Recycling RulesDon’t Make Noise Whenever You Feel Like It Never Walk in the Cycling LaneDon’t Talk or Even Mention the Third Reich Germany is […]

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German TV Shows for All Levels

To learn German from TV shows, no background knowledge is necessary. We’ve compiled these shows and divided them by level for you to enjoy.  Many of them provide vocabulary lists, exercises, and other useful resources to improve comprehension. They’re all available on TV and on YouTube unless otherwise indicated.  Quick Navigation Beginners (A1)Extra auf DeutschDeutsch […]

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Playlists of the Best German Songs

We can’t dispute how unique and powerful an art form music is. It can connect people from all walks of life and all parts of the world. It transcends space and time. It also connects people who speak different languages. Language plays an important role in music because artists are able to transform simple words into […]

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German Cuisine by Season: What to Expect, What German Food to Try?

Contrary to popular belief, German cuisine isn’t all about meat and potatoes (although it tends to revolve around them). Their soups and veggie dishes are amazing too. Read on to find out what Germans eat in different seasons of the year and the top recipes you should try before embarking on that long-awaited trip to the […]

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15 Must-Watch German Movies for Language Learners

Mixing education and entertainment is perhaps the most effective way to learn. As you lounge in front of the TV more often than you ever have before, there’s no better time to improve or polish your German. Check out our scintillating selection of 15 amazing German movies.  Quick Navigation 1. The Wave (Die Welle)2. Stations […]

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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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