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Writing ‘The’ In German Gets Account Blocked Posted by on Nov 20, 2019

Guten Tag! There are many false friends between German and English. False friends are words we recognise in German because they are spelled the same as an English word. They do not, however, mean the same as the English word. Sometimes this mix-up with false friends can lead to confusion, laughter, embarrassment… and sometimes, it…

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4 Ways German & English Are Similar Posted by on Oct 2, 2019

Guten Tag! Last time we looked at 4 ways German & English are different from one another. This time, I’m giving you four ways that German and English are similar to one another. Of course, there are many more things that could be said, so if you have any more ways that German and English…

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German-English Cognates Posted by on Oct 25, 2017

Guten Tag! In a recent post, Six Reasons To Learn German, I mentioned that German and English are from the same language family – the Indo-European family – which means both languages have taken words from Latin, Greek and French. Because of this, there are numerous cognates (words sharing a common source) that look and sound…

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A Typical German Breakfast Posted by on Mar 30, 2016

I find the day always starts off better when you have a good breakfast. In Germany you usually have a very simple breakfast consisting of German bread, various toppings (butter, jam, sausage etc), boiled eggs, coffee and juice. I personally love this style of breakfast as it’s a bit like a buffet and everyday you can…

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16 English Words That Are Actually German (Part 2) Posted by on Mar 30, 2015

Here’s the second part of ’16 English words that are actually German’! Click here for the first 8 words. Doppelgänger Literal translation & German meaning: Double walker, or someone who looks identical to you Meaning in English: Someone who looks exactly the same as you but is not related to you Use in a sentence…

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16 English Words That Are Actually German (Part 1) Posted by on Mar 29, 2015

Guten Tag! Yes, it’s another Denglish post – but this time with a twist! We might get slightly irritated with the way the English language is manipulating modern German (and the various ways in which it’s doing it), but before we get too irritated, let’s take a look at how many German words the English…

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German Abbreviations Posted by on Mar 27, 2015

This post is about commonly used Abkürzungen (abbreviations) to use when you write in everyday life. You might have already seen some abbreviations listed below but never known what they meant, so here are the Übersetzungen (translations): Abbreviations to use in emails: LG   =   Liebe Grüsse: Best regards – the literal translation would be “love…

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