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Published: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:25:47 +0000

 



The Brothers Grimm Brought German Folklore to...

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

The Grimm Brothers introduced the world to German culture and folklore with tales like Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and other classics.



How to Say Merry Christmas in German

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

Learn to say Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and many other traditional holiday greetings in German.



O Tannenbaum Lyrics in English and German

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

Learn to sing the German words to a traditional holiday song, O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) and discover this song's history.



How to Write a Letter in German - Format and...

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

All the elements of a great letter in German, addressing, greetings, conclusions, email, texting abbreviations, and more.



German Christmas Carol

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The history, lyrics, and different interpretations of the Christmas carol Silent Night. Includes both English and German words to the song.



The Four German Noun Cases

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An overview of the 4 German noun cases, Nominative, Genitive, Dative, and Accusative, and declensions of the definite and indefinite articles and pronouns.



How To Say "Happy Birthday" in German

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A variety of ways to say happy birthday in German, whether you are speaking to a friend or writing a more formal card.



How to Say Thank You and You're Welcome in German

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

Show your gratitude in German by learning how to say thank you and you're welcome, in both an informal and formal way.



How to Make an Appointment

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How to Conjugate the German Verb Sein

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Essential German Greetings - How To Greet In...

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Essential German greetings and greeting behaviors. Formal and informal versions with audio so that your German pronunciation is correct.



Contemporary and Traditional German Names

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A thorough list of German girls names, both traditional and contemporary, as well as their meanings and derivations. Page 2.



Is die Weihnachtsgurke (Christmas Pickle) a...

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

A popular Christmas tradition, hanging a glass pickle ornament on the tree, claims German origins, but the truth has proved elusive.



Five Peculiarities of the German Language

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Discover five peculiarities that are particular to the German language -- including some odd similarities between German verbs and sausages.



How to Use German Dative Prepositions Correctly

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Certain German prepositions always take the dative case. Here's how to use words like aus, bei, mit, nach, seit, von, and zu correctly



German SMS Abbreviations Explained and Translated

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A list of abbreviations used in German SMS texting.



Learning the Alphabet in German: As Easy as ABC

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The German alphabet is not that difficult to learn! Use the tips listed here and the audio pronunciation guide and you'll soon be on your way to learning the ABCs in German.



Learn to Count From 0 to 1,000 in German

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Count on this article to give you all the information you need on German numbers from 0 to 1,000, dates, ordinals, cardinals, math terms, more.



Creative New Year Wishes and Expressions in...

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Creative and poetic ways to wish a happy New Year in German.



Learn to Conjugate "Haben" (to Have) in All...

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

Haben (to have) is one of German's most important verbs. Learning to conjugate helping verbs like this one can expand your fluency exponentially.



Essential German Verbs: Haben (to Have) and...

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Haben (to have) and Sein (to be) are two of the most important verbs to learn in German for beginners.



Three Most Popular Classic German Lullabies

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Translation of three very well known German lullabies.



Can You Sing '99 Red Balloons' in German?

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'99 Luftballons' was a smash hit for the German pop singer Nena in the 1980s. Learn the German lyrics and discover how they translate into English.



We Bet You Can't Say the Longest German Word in...

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

More than most languages, German opts to string words together to form new ones. We challenge you to come up with longer words than these—in any language.



How to Tell if a German Word is Masculine,...

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Many languages have masculine and feminine words, but German has neuter, too. These rules can help you remember when to use der, die, das and ein, eine.



Common Prepositional Pitfalls in German (and...

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This lesson shows the potential hazards in using German prepositions and tells you how to avoid many 'prepositional pitfalls' you may encounter.



German Last Names - Top German Last Names With...

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Get an insight into the fascinatingly simple logic of German last names. The 100 most popular German surnames with their English meaning.



Why Do German Words Come at the End of the...

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Word order (die Wortstellung) in German is more variable than in English, with verbs moving to the end of the sentence following a subordinate clause.



David Bowie in Berlin

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The late David Bowie coined pop music for a couple of decades. He was, without a doubt, one of the most influential artists of the last 40 years, releasing countless hits and creating a huge global fan base. Three of his most important works, “Low,” “Heroes” and “Lodger,” were actually created during a time Bowie lived in Germany. Well, between Germany would be more accurate.



The Many Meanings of "Bitte" in German

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The Many Meanings of Bitte in German.



The Common German Verbs Always Take the Dative...

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

Some German verbs are always followed by the dative case. While there are a couple of tricks, the best approach is to memorize the chart on this page.



Best Wishes - Expressing Congratulations in...

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

Need to congratulate a German? Here is how to express congratulations and other wishes in German to integrate quickly into the German society.



How To Say Sorry In German

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

Learn the appropriate way to apologize in German, or to excuse yourself, regardless of the situation.



Do You Know the Real Names of Santa's Reindeer?

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

If you think you know the names of Santa's reindeer (Rudolph! Donner! Blitzen!) you might be surprised to learn how these names have changed over the years.



Terrific Online Options to Supplement Your...

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

Online resources for beginning German learners. Introductory vocabulary and concepts, plus apps to help you stay motivated and on track.



50 Common German Verbs All Beginners Should Know

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Learn the 50 most common German verbs along with their English translations and basic sample sentences for beginners.



How To Pronounce "Frohe Weihnachten" in German

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

How to pronounce Christmas and New Year greetings in German.



Five Peculiarities of The German Alphabet

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There are more than 26 letters in the German alphabet. Here is a breakdown of five peculiar letters and how they are used.​



Short Christmas Poems in German + English...

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A few short Christmas poems in German.



Beyond 'Nein': The Many Ways to Say 'No' in...

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

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Do You Know How to Sing "Jingle Bells" in German?

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Can You Guess What the Most Popular German...

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The most popular German verbs with their conjugations and sample sentences.



How to Use the Passive Voice in German

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How to Use Dual Prepositions in German

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A lesson on German doubtful/dual/two-way/ prepositions that can take on both the dative (location) and accusative (direction or destination) cases.



Accusative and Dative Case Endings for German...

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Learn the German adjective endings for the dative and accusative cases. Page 2.



Find Out What That German Last Name Means

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Learn the history and meaning of German last names, from Achen to Zweig.



German Prepositions That Take the Accusative Case

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Learning the few German prepositions that are always following by a noun or pronoun in the accusative case is fairly straightforward.



The Correct Way to Use The German Past Tenses

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The two basic German past tense forms and their uses



How to Write Personal Letters in German

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

Learn how to write and address personal letters in German-speaking countries. Explore the vocabulary and a sample letter in German and English.



Your Keyboard Can Speak German With These...

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

Computer keyboard help for German - tips and how to's.



How to Type German Characters on a Keyboard

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

This is part one of a keyboard-code chart for typing special German characters and symbols on a PC or Mac computer. Learn how to type German.



Learn About Months, Dates, Seasons, and Days in...

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

Learn German expressions related to calendar dates, days of the week, prepositional phrases, months



Learn the Colors in German

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

German colors (Farben) in German and English - with sound. Learn how to properly pronounce and spell all of the colors in German with this​ lesson.



How to Conjugate German Modal Verbs Duerfen,...

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

How to conjugate three German modal verbs. See the different tenses of duerfen, koennen, and moegen, plus sample sentences and idiomatic expressions.



Learn Dog Commands in German

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How to Say 'I Love You' in German

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German Phrases of Love: How to say 'I love you' and make compliments to your loved one in German.



A German-English Glossary of Popular German...

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Use this German-English glossary to familiarize yourself with common German abbreviations. Review them and compare them to their English counterparts.



Variations in New Year Greetings by Region in...

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Variations in New Year greetings in different German regions.



The Position of "Nicht" in German Sentences

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The Position of Nicht. German Language.



You Won't Want to Use These Offensive German...

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You are probably better off not knowing any of these off-color, dirty, and sometimes offensive German works. But click through if you must.



How to Conjugate Gehen (to Go) in German

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Gehen (to go) is one of the most-used verbs in Germany. Learn how to conjugate it in all tenses with these charts.



The Best German Idioms

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Bauhaus, Black Mountain and the Invention of...

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One of the most influential art and design movements to ever come out of Germany is Bauhaus, whose legacy was established at the Bauhaus Art School.



How Do You Say 'Porsche'? Is it "Porsh" or...

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

Some commonly used and often mispronounced German words and how to really say them (without sounding hopelessly pretentious).



Learn to Conjugate All Tenses of the German...

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The Meaning and Common Uses of the German...

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A detailed look at the German preposition 'bei' and its English language equivalents.



What Is the Difference Between Sein and Haben...

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German for Beginners: Learning Tips

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

How to be a better German-learner. Learning tips and hints for our online German course for beginners and intermediate learners who wish to review.



Find Out How German Verbs Are Conjugated

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Regular German verbs follow a predictable pattern in the present tense. Learn how to conjugate regular German verbs in the present tense.



What Do You Call Family Members in German?

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Die Familie: An annotated English-German glossary with vocabulary related to the family and relatives. See the terms to use for different relations.



Learn to Tell Time in German

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Learn German Past Tense Verb Conjugations

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A German thesaurus offering alternate vocabulary and synonyms for common German words and expressions.



How to Say I Love You and Other Romantic...

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

How can you speak of love in German? Find the right words to describe your feelings, and see pet names that German couples might use for each other.



German for Beginners: Pronunciation and Alphabet

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For beginning students of German, it's important to understand pronunciation rules and how each letter of the alphabet sounds in spoken German.



Learn How To Say The Word "To" in German

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A grammar and vocabulary guide to the German prepositions 'zu' and 'nach'.






German Prepositions

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

A brief overview and explanation of German prepositions and which prepositional case they fall in.



All About Inseparable German Verb Prefixes

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

Learn about German verbs with inseparable prefixes. For example, these verbs do not add the normal past participle prefix ge- in the perfect tenses.



Classroom Phrasebook 1 for Teachers and...

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Student and teacher talk - an annotated glossary of school-related words and classroom expressions in German and English. Part of the School and Education Glossary.



How to Address a German Properly

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A wie Anton - German Phonetic Spelling Code

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In German, A is Anton, not Alpha. See how the German phonetic spelling code is different from the English/international code, with a full chart.



The Real Meaning of that German Last Name

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Learn the genealogical history, tradition, and meaning of popular German last names (Nachnamen).



Master the German language exams - Level B1 CEFR

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Master the German B1 CEFR language exam. This is the first really important exam that you should aim for as it opens many doors.



German Lesson: German Verbs With Prepositions 1

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The ins and outs of German capitalization. Part 2: A closer look at the rules.



Learn How to Conjugate Common German Verbs

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In this lesson, you will learn conjugation - alphabetical list - conjugating German verbs.



How to Use the Future Tense in German

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

In German, the future tense (das Futur) occurs less frequently than in English, but all beginners should master these future tense conjugations.



Fasching - Celebration in Germany, Switzerland,...

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Fasching in Germany.



All About the German Personal Pronouns

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German Toasts and Good wishes

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A look at German toasts and good wishes for many occasions, complete with English translations.



Am Telefon: Using a Phone in German

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

A helpful guide to using the telephone in German-speaking Europe, with telecommunications terms and vocabulary for using the phone in Austria, Germany, or Switzerland. Includes cell/mobile phone information.



Easy German Phrases for Beginners: Talking...

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

Simple German lesson for beginners, with audio, that covers family and relationship words.



Can You Sing "Edelweiss" in German?

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What German Name Can You Give Your Dog or Cat?

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What German name can you give your cat or dog? See popular names that German-speakers choose for their pets, along with their meaning in English.



Top German Words in Speaking and Writing

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What are the most frequent words in spoken German and in German reading materials? See the lists and how they differ for conversation and print.



Transitive and Intransitive Verbs in German

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Transitive and Intransitive Verbs.



Compare: gut, besser, am besten in German

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

German adjectve comparison is similar to English, but there are a few tricks you should know. Part One.



Prepositions that Take the Genitive Case in...

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

There are a few prepositions in German that properly take the genitive case: statt, trotz, wegen, während, außerhalb, innerhalb among them.



DER SPIEGEL German News Magazine in English

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

The German news magazine DER SPIEGEL publishes some of its content in English. International readers can subscribe to a free newsletter or RSS feed.



Birthday Customs and Traditions in Germany

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A breakdown of German traditions and customs associated with birthday celebrations.



Learn German With These Tips For German For...

2017-01-20T11:25:47Z

Learn the basics of conjugating regular German verbs in the present tense.