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Archive for May, 2015

Kaffeepause At A German Cafe Posted by on May 27, 2015

Anyone who visits Germany will inevitably end up in a coffee shop at some point during their travels, so I thought I’d put together a list of phrases you can use to navigate your way through a German café. For convenience’s sake the café in this scenario is one where you order and pay at…

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Movies in German! Posted by on May 26, 2015

When I grew up, I got used to movies in cinemas and TV dubbed in German. Every character in a show or movie has their own voice. I never disliked it, as I grew up not knowing English, and having movies in German is then quite convenient. The other option, as in for example the…

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Natural German Conversation Posted by on May 22, 2015

Every conversation has natural interjections, reactions and filler words. This is what makes language feel natural. Here is a list of German words and phrases that you can slot into conversations to make your German flow more naturally. Please note that some of these aren’t meant to be full, grammatically correct sentences, but fragments. Just…

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Untranslatable German: Schnapsidee & Alkoholleiche Posted by on May 17, 2015

Guten Tag! I’ve gone a little off track with the untranslatable German words lately, so here are two for good measure! Even though I’ve already written about roughly 5,567 of them, rest assured there are always more quirky, fascinating German words to be discovered. 🙂 These two words revolve around the theme of Der Alkohol…

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German Writing Exercise: Keep A Diary Posted by on May 11, 2015

Guten Tag, liebe Freunde! One of the things I’m really interested in at the moment is finding ways to integrate language learning into our daily lives, so that it feels more natural and we see progress with it more quickly. Sometimes I get asked “How can I make faster progress with my German?” and recently…

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Happy Mother’s Day! Vocabulary for Mother’s Day Posted by on May 10, 2015

In Germany the second Sunday of May is Mutter Tag (Mother’s day). The only exception is when the second Sunday falls on a public holiday “Pfingstsonntag” in which Mother’s Day is then changed to the first Sunday of May. This year it’s on the 10th of May, which is today! Here are some ideas in…

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Die Geschichte vom Tag Der Arbeit Posted by on May 5, 2015

Here in Germany we had a bank holiday/public holiday last Friday, on the 1st of May. This Feiertag (public holiday) happens in the whole of Germany and other surrounding countries such as Austria und Belgium. A lot of the public holidays here in Bavaria are usually religious, such as Heilige Drei Könige (literal translation: holy…

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