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This Is How German Letters Sound Posted by on Dec 12, 2019

When you learn a new language, it is sometimes hard to get the pronunciation just right. You’re met with a blank stare, the native has no clue what you’re trying to communicate. Sure, you could try describing it, but what if you know the word, know how it’s written, but just not really how to…

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German Word of the Year 2019 Posted by on Dec 11, 2019

Guten Tag! Today we will look at the Wort des Jahres in Germany. Each year, the Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache (GfdS) – The German Language Association – picks a word as their Wort des Jahres – ‘Word of the Year’. This is often a word related to a prominent topic in the country during the…

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The Curiosity of the German Word “Orange” – Part 2 Posted by on Dec 5, 2019

Last week, I talked about the curiosity of the German word “Orange”, since the pronunciation of the word differs when you refer to the color or the fruit. See the post for that. But there is something else curious about this word, or well, a related one (thanks Allan for the comment!). This little addendum…

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My Top German Songs of the Decade! Posted by on Dec 4, 2019

Guten Tag! Not only is the year drawing to a close, but so is the decade! To celebrate the end of the ’10s in style, Transparent Language is putting together a big, multilingual playlist of the best tunes of the decade – and we need your help in selecting some good German ones! For example…

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The Curiosity of the German Word “Orange” Posted by on Nov 28, 2019

German has some quirky words, and that’s what we explore in this series. Today, we’ll have a look at the word Orange. Nothing curious, it seems, right? Wait until you hear how it is pronounced… Click here for previous entries in the series on curious words in German Orange or Orange? Listen to the clips above…

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The Germans on the Germans: North & South Posted by on Nov 27, 2019

Hallo! Every country has names for people from different regions within that country. In this post we will look at what people from northern Germany call people from southern Germany, and vice-versa (for a post on east and west Germany, click here!). *Please note: The point of learning about these words is not to encourage anybody…

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Easy Pumpkin Soup Recipe in German Posted by on Nov 26, 2019

After writing my last post about the world’s largest pumpkin festival (which you can find here), I’ve decided to carry on the pumpkin theme and give you an easy pumpkin soup recipe to try out! Perfect for the colder months and it is very easy to make. Give it a try in German and if…

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