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Accelerate Your Learning! German SMART Goals Posted by on Jan 24, 2022


Guten Tag! How are your New Year’s Resolutions (die Neujahrsvorsätze) going? Are they still going strong, or have you given up? If you have, fear not! Today’s post is all about a method that might just help you get back on track: die SMART-Formel! Learning SMART goals in German You may have heard of SMART…

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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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4 Ways German Differs From English Posted by on Sep 25, 2019

Guten Tag! When learning a language, people often want to know how the target language differs from their own. Recognising these differences can be a very useful way to get to know and understand the characteristics of the language you are learning. So here are four ways that German differs from English! English has the…

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Get Your German Off To A Flying Start! 9 Tips Posted by on Jan 9, 2019

Guten Tag (Hello)! And, if this is your first time on Transparent Language, WILLKOMMEN (Welcome)! With a new year comes a fresh start, and with many people making new year’s resolutions, learning or brushing up on a language is often one of them. If you’ve decided to learn or brush up on your German this…

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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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How To Learn German In 2017 Posted by on Jan 5, 2017

Frohes neues Jahr wünsche ich euch! (I wish you a happy new year!) It is that time of the year again. At the beginning of January, we make gute Vorsätze für das neue Jahr (resolutions for the new year). We want to lose weight, do more sports, maybe finally go to this place we always…

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Reading German History: Maus by Art Spiegelman Posted by on Oct 26, 2015

It goes without saying that reading is a fantastic way to improve your German in an enjoyable way. Today I’d like to recommend a book I read recently. It was originally written in English, but there is a German translation available. Its subject matter is World War II, the Holocaust, and Nazi Germany. Why am…

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