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German Vocabulary For The Workplace Posted by on Mar 29, 2022

Different scenarios are always a useful way to learn new German vocabulary. Here is a post to help you with simple vocabulary that you can use in the workplace. The Basics die Arbeit                     the work das Büro                   …

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The Secret to Pronouncing German Words Posted by on Mar 28, 2022

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There are a few things German is infamous for. Its Umlaut with ä, ö, ü, its many cases, and its long, looong words. What about Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz? You might see a very long word with natural pause points where the different words are separated. Or you simply see a whole bunch of letters that are seemingly arranged at…

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Don’t Let It Confuse You: The German Words All and Sämtlich Posted by on Mar 11, 2022

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When you see the German word All, you might easily see the English word all – however, this appears to be a false friend! So, what does All mean? And how do you say all? And what’s with sämtlich? There are multiple answers to these questions, so let’s have a look at the German word All and all. Click here…

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How To Play Wordle In German Posted by on Mar 9, 2022


Guten Tag! Have you heard of Wordle? It’s a new, online game that seems to have taken the world by storm. It looks a little like a crossword (das Kreuzworträtsel), but the way it works is quite different! The great thing about Wordle is that, although it started as an English language game, it is…

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What’s the difference between billig and günstig? Posted by on Mar 4, 2022

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Billig means cheap. Günstig is cheap. But why do Germans need two words that mean the exact same thing? Well, it’s not that simple. They have subtle differences. So let’s find out what those are, and how they are similar. Click here for other posts that discuss the difference between similar terms, like the difference between werden…

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What’s the difference between the German Hähnchen and Hühnchen? Posted by on Feb 24, 2022

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We have a confusing situation on German menus: Sometimes, you encounter die Hühnerbrust (chicken breast), other times it’s der Hähnchenbraten (chicken roast). But what is the difference between Hühnchen and Hähnchen? Are they used interchangeably, or should you be careful which one to use? Here’s all you need to know about these curious German words. Click here for more posts…

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Germans and Games 1: The Gaming Scene Posted by on Feb 18, 2022

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Like in basically every country, Germans enjoy Spiele (n, games). Whether it’s Videospiele (video games), Brettspiele (board games), Kartenspiele (card games), Germans like it! In this series, I want to look at some peculiarities of the German market and some Spiele that the Germans particularly enjoy. I won’t talk about Sportarten (f, sports) here. If you want to learn about that, we’ve written about Swiss National…

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