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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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The Genitive Case: Possessive Adjectives Posted by on Jun 15, 2012

In German, there are eight adjectives that show possession: mein, dein, sein, ihr, unser, euer, and ihr. Possessive adjectives agree in number, gender and case with the noun (the thing being possessed) they are describing. Today, we have a closer look at the genitive case declension of these possessive adjectives.   In order to decline…

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European championship Posted by on Jun 14, 2012

Since a couple of days, the Europameisterschaft (European championship) 2012 is running in Poland and Ukraine. You might ask “Which sport?”. But if you are in Europe these days or if you know a little about European sports, there is only one answer: Fußball (soccer). Especially in Central Europe, people are crazy about this game…

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The Genitive Case: Showing Possession, part 2 Posted by on Jun 13, 2012

In my last post I gave you some sentences to practice your new acquired knowledge about the German genitive case. So, before I start a new discussion, here is the key.   1. A: Wessen Handy ist das? (Whose cellphone is that?) B: (Doreen) Das ist Doreens Handy. (That is Doreen’s cellphone.)   2. A:…

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