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When you’ve been learning German for a while, there comes a time when you decide to read  some ‘real’ German books or articles and not just textbooks or stories designed for learners. That’s when you will also come across abbreviations. And just like many  words they are not always recogniseable. As you can imagine there are  thousands of abbreviations.  Wikipedia has a page with lists [...]

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How would you answer if in Germany somebody asked you “Wie spät ist es?” (What’s the time, although lit. How late is it?) You could… Show them your watch or phone use the 24-hour clock or read this blog post and learn the 12-hour clock ☺ And now you have three choices to find out about the 12-hour clock in German, an infographic, a video or the slides [...]

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When I grew up in Germany it wasn’t ‘cool’ to listen to German music and we only listened to English singing bands or singers. There were always some German bands who, despite only singing in German, made it  into the international market,  like Rammstein or Tokio Hotel. But their music isn’t to everybody’s taste and I think Tokio Hotel now sing in English. Then came [...]

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Are you always on the lookout for some quirky German learning ideas? How about 18 ideas for July? Subscribe to my YouTube Channel According to Kleiner Kalender (English version: Cute Calendar) each day of the month is also a special – and sometimes worth celebrating – day. I’ve picked 18 of those days to give you some fun ideas for practising your German [...]

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I’m not really interested in football, although I do watch some international games, especially if Germany plays England. One of my online students told me about his experience watching such a game in Germany and  I asked him if I could use it as a blog post. He said yes, so with a big thank you it’s over to you, Stephen: Sport, and in particular football often imbues [...]

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Does this sound familiar? You’ve been learning German for a while now and you’re about to read a new text. You scan over it and spot several words you don’t know…. and you get annoyed with yourself! Surely you should know those words! Why don’t you know those words? Will you ever learn German properly? Oh, all this is so disheartening! Does this also sound familiar? You’re reading [...]

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Students often ask me what they can do to practise more German in addition to their textbook or course. I always tell them to think of their hobbies and find some German resources. For example, a football fan can find a German website of a football club, a music fan can follow a German singer’s music, etc… to find new vocabulary that is particularly interesting to them. It [...]

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Are you always on the lookout for some quirky German learning ideas? How about 18 ideas for June? Subscribe to my YouTube Channel According to Kleiner Kalender (English version: Cute Calendar) each day of the month is also a special – and sometimes worth celebrating – day. I’ve picked 18 of those days to give you some fun ideas for practising your German [...]

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This plaque of Dürer’s praying hands (betende Hände) was my grandparents’ and as a child I was fascinated by those hands. When my grandparents died, my aunt took the plaque and said it should go to me as Albrecht Dürer’s initials were the same as mine: A D. For a long time I wanted to write a blog post about him and as I’m writing this post on [...]

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In today’s post I’d like to tell you about the three prefixes ein-, aus-, and um-. When added to a verb they change the meaning of that verb. Sometimes the new meanings belong to the same ideas. For example: steigen – to rise, climb     ⇒    einsteigen, aussteigen, umsteigen – get on (a train …), get off, change (transport) bauen – to build    ⇒    einbauen, [...]

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