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Let’s practice “doch”

Hello everyone, and welcome back to a new week of learning German. Hooray. And this week, I have something really special for you. Something that I wanted to share for a long time… drum roll please.. an exercise about “doch” One of the main things I am working on this year is adding these little quizzes to the articles. Like… to all of them. At the moment, I have around 130 quizzes up, so it’s still a long way and it does take quite a bit of time because I often also review the old articles and give them a...

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Word of the Day – “die Schwelle”

Hello everyone, and welcome to our German Word of the Day, this time with a look at die Schwelle   And I’m sure that based on the looks of it, many of you immediately thought of to swell. But are things really as they seem? I mean… looks can be deceiving, right? But then again, if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is one. In fact, I’m curious as to just how suspicious you really are of German, so let’s do a little poll.   And now, let’s jump...

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A really cool way to study :)

Hi everyone, So some of you might know that I am currently getting my driver’s license. Because, you know, this fall I will turn 18, so it’s about time. Nah… okay, I’m not turning 18, of course. But I really am taking driving lessons. In Germany, it is quite expensive to get the license… about 2000 Euro or so, if everything goes well. I never had the money for it and also, owning a car is expensive too, and in Berlin you simply don’t need it. But being able to drive makes a BIG difference when you want to travel...

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Word of the Day – “der Ton”

Hello everyone, and welcome to our German Word of the Day. Do you know what music and your coffee cup have in common? No? Well, you’ll find out today, because we’ll take a quick look at the meaning of der Ton   I think the musical side isn’t a surprise to most of you, because English, too, has the word tone. They both come from the Latin word tonus, which itself comes from Ancient Greek tonos and already back then it was used to express the meaning of pitch, voice or musical key. The very origin however was the even more...

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Word of the Day – “sparen”

Hello everyone, and welcome to our German Word of the Day. This time, we’ll take a look at something that Germans really love. Which one of these three do you think it is: a) Bier b) making smartass comments and remarks noone asked for c) sparen The answer is of course,  that Germans love all these three things equally. But today, we’ll look at the meaning of sparen   Sparen is the German brother of English to spare and the two do share a core idea, which is pretty well captured by the phrase to not touch. But the two...

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