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Can you imagine learning German from someone who lives in Hamburg without buying a plane ticket?

How about getting true insights into die deutsche Kultur (the German culture) from your couch?

Sound cool?

Then you’re in the right place.…

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There’s a saying in German: “Aller Anfang ist schwer.” (“All beginnings are hard.”)

But there’s another one, too: “Anfangen ist leicht, Beharren eine Kunst.” (“To begin is easy, to persist is an art.”)

Talk about a contradiction!

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What is the longest word you can think of?

Imagine a word that is 63 letters long. Yes, 63 individual letters.

Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz.

That may seem longer than all of Germany’s beautiful rivers combined, but its meaning, “law delegating beef label

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“Beer, please!”

You know you’d never say this at an actual pub.

So if you’re trying to order a beer in German, saying “Bier, bitte!” isn’t gonna cut it.

There are so many details you’d be missing. What kind of …

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The bots have invaded.

They’re hiding in our phones and idling in our homes disguised as vacuums and “home assistants.” We rely on them for organizing our thoughts, finding information—and maybe doing a bit of light housekeeping.

While your robot …

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When you hear the word “grammar,” you might get overwhelmed.

You might immediately think of the tons of rules (and exceptions) languages have.

You might even think that grammar is difficult or boring.

But guess what: Grammar is essential to

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The language you use may be smaller than you realize.

Whether you’re texting your BFF or expertly crafting your next tweet, abbreviations, or Abkürzungen in German, come in handy all the time.

Think about it.

When was the last …

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Say you watched an incredible sci-fi movie over the weekend.

You’re absolutely dying to dissect the convoluted plot with one of your buds.

The only problem: your friends hate sci-fi!

Looks like you’ll need to go online to find

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They’re any Scrabble player’s secret weapon.

Those tiny, two-letter words.

Am… is… do… on…

I could keep going. There are quite a few words you can create in English with only two letters.

Same goes for German. Which ones can …

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Take German and Japanese.

Would you say German is easier to learn?

I sure would, but that’s because I’m a native English speaker and English has Germanic roots.

In fact, because of the many similarities between English and

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