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Archive for June, 2012

Giving directions in German Posted by on Jun 28, 2012

If you have read my two last post you know that how to ask for directions. Now it’s time to learn how to give directions or understand these instructions. Very useful words you need to know are the following:   geradeaus gehen – to keep straight on geradeaus weitergehen – to go straight on nach…

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Asking for Directions in German: Street names and places/squares Posted by on Jun 26, 2012

In my post from yesterday, I told you how to ask for directions to particular buildings (e.g. a church or museum) or cultural gathering places (e.g. cinema and theatre). Today, I would like to teach you how to ask for addresses in German, that is, street names and places. In German culture the main part…

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Nach dem Weg fragen – Asking for directions in German Posted by on Jun 25, 2012

You are on a visit to Germany and got lost. The best thing you can do now is to ask someone how to get to the place you want to go to. The most common question to ask for directions is:   Wie komme ich zu (zum;zur)/nach … ? – How do I get to…

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German adjectives, part 2 – The weak declension Posted by on Jun 22, 2012

In my last post I began to talk about forming simple sentences with adjectives in German. You learned that there is no need to decline adjectives in so-called “to be” sentences or, in other words, when you put the adjective after the noun. Unfortunately, things are getting more complicated when you want to put the…

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What’s he/she/it like? – German adjectives, part 1 Posted by on Jun 21, 2012

Adjectives are those words that describe nouns. With them, your statements become more meaningful. So, do not hesitate and start to incorporate them in your sentences. In German, you can place an adjective on two positions in a sentences, either before a noun or after it. When you put an adjective after a noun, you…

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Expressions with the German verb “haben” (to have) Posted by on Jun 20, 2012

It is always the right time to learn some new idiomatic expressions. In this post, I discuss the German verb “haben” (to have) and present it in combination with other words. IN the table below you find several idioms that contain the verb “haben”.   German Pronunciation English die Gelegenheit haben dee gey-ley-guhn-hayt hah-buhn to…

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How to introduce yourself/someone in German Posted by on Jun 18, 2012

Introducing someone to another one is always a good way to break the ice. The following phrases are very useful for introducing yourself and others.   German Pronunciation English Darf ich mich vorstellen? Mein Name ist … dArf iH miH foR-shte-luhn? mayn nah-muh ist … May I introduce myself? My name is … Kennen Sie…

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