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The conjugation of the German verb “stehen” Posted by on Aug 18, 2014

The German verb “stehen” is commonly translated into English “to be”, “to stand” or “to suit”. Below you can find its conjugations for the following tenses: –       Präsens – present –       Präteritum – preterit (equals simple past) –       Futur I – future I –       Perfekt – perfect –       Plusaquamperfekt – pluperfect (equals past perfect) –      …

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Don’t take things so literally! … Unless you’re speaking German. Posted by on Aug 13, 2014

You can learn a lot about Germany from its language. There are many nouns in the German language that have very literal meanings to them. Their pattern is that they are made up of two or more separate words put together to form a new word. These are called compound nouns. Some examples are: Das…

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The conjugation of the German verb “geben” Posted by on Aug 11, 2014

The German verb geben means “to give”, “to hand” or “to pass” in English. But depending on its particular use it also can mean “to issue” or “to provide”. In the following I will give you an overview of the conjugation forms of the verb geben, which you need for forming indicative (statements) and imperative…

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Words and signs you might encounter in deepest Bavaria Posted by on Aug 10, 2014

If you visit Bavaria (especially if it’s a little place out in the depths of the Bayerischer Wald), you are likely to encounter the Bavarian language in one form or another. Spoken Bavarian probably sounds incomprehensible as a non-native German speaker, even if your Hochdeutsch is of a good standard. But when it comes to…

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Essen vs sein Posted by on Aug 9, 2014

The verbs essen and sein do not seem to conflict, but sometimes they do phonetically. This happens in the pronouns er/sie/es. you eat                                                                …

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