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Archive for May, 2012

Denglish: The English loan word “adden” in German Posted by on May 16, 2012

Some days ago, I posted a note on our Facebook-Page, saying that the German language has a new English loan word for the verb “hinzufügen” = to add, which is “adden”. The opinions about English loans in German were divided. Some were happy about this progress in the German language because now it is easier…

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School Life in Germany Posted by on May 14, 2012

In one of my last posts I already wrote about school life in the former GDR but how does it look like nowadays? It has been quite a while that I attended school and I am sure that many things have changed since then but others might still remain the same. For example, some years…

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German False Friends Posted by on May 11, 2012

Being a native speaker of English learning German you might sooner or later come across German words you seem to be familiar with. Sometimes these words contain the meanings you might give them, but sometime these words can be totally misleading. Those misleading words are called False Friends! False friends in language are words spelled…

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Key: German weak verbs Posted by on May 9, 2012

My last post was about German weak verbs. In addition to the explanation how to conjugate weak verbs in German, I gave you an exercise where you had to fill in the blanks with the correct conjugated forms of the verbs used in the example sentences. Following you find the key to the exercise, the…

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Weak Verbs in German Posted by on May 7, 2012

In German, there are two basic forms of verbs: weak verbs and strong verbs. Weak verbs or regular verbs are those that follow a set pattern of rules and retain the same stem vowel throughout. These verbs are called weak verbs because you might think of them as being simply too weak to alter the…

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