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Wieners to Wunderbar: How Germany became uber-cool

The Germans are coming -- and this time London cannot wait.<p>Germany suddenly finds itself in the unusual position of being uber cool, and that is in no small part thanks to the first all-German European Champions League final on Saturday, when Bayern Munich takes on Borussia Dortmund at Wembley …

Germany Seeks a New Longest Word

Call it linguistic precision engineering. The German language permits the creation of words of endless length, many of which refer to laws. Now the …

"How German Sounds" Video Goes Viral, But Does It Accurately Depict the Language?

Over the last week I have watched the “How German Sounds Compared To Other Languages” YouTube video by the Copy Cat Channel cropping up on news sites …

Useful German Expressions to Organize Your Writing

If you feel that your German writing assignments sound choppy or stilted, try incorporating some of the following expressions to make your writing …

A Guide to Expressing an Opinion in German

If you've got an opinion, the German language has a ton of ways to express it. Not all are as straight forward as <i>Ich</i> <i>stimme</i><i>zu</i> (I agree). Some are …

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The German prepositions “zu” and “nach” – “to”

Sometimes it can be very hard for learners of German to choose the correct preposition. This may be especially the case with the German prepositions …

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Why applying for a job in Germany is no longer a pain in the neck

“Warum sind Sie die richtige Person für die Stelle?”<p>“Why you are the right person for our vacant position?”<p>Kürzlich habe ich mein Studium an der …

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How to become a German | DW | 15.06.2013

Insaf Azzam furrows her brow as she stares at her exercise book. "Is the housing cleaning position still available?" she reads in broken German.<p>Job …

Deutsche Bahn ditches bad English for German

The current mish-mash of English and German used by the Deutsche Bahn has attracted the unfortunate term "Bahnglisch", and not only causes confusion …

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Dasselbe and das Gleiche - Not the same at all

A colleague of mine posted this image on our German facebook last week. As it turned out, many people don´t know the difference between “dasselbe” …

5 striking features of the Berlin Dialect

One of the most painful truths for foreign learners of German is that hardly any German speaks his or her mother language as textbooks propagate.<p>To …

What Are the Longest German Words?

The classic longest German word is <i>Donaudampfschiffahrtsgesellschaftskapitän</i>, clocking in with 42 letters. In English, it becomes four words: "Danube …

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Conjugation of Lesen: German Verb Lesen

Lesen is one of those verbs that change its stem when conjugated. It is labeled a strong verb. The following is the conjugation of <i>lesen</i> plus some …

German s, ss or ß - When to Use Which

At the beginning of words.<i><br>der Saal</i> (hall, room), <i>die Süßigkeit</i> (candy, sweet), <i>das Spielzimmer</i> (playroom)<p>Mostly in nouns, adjectives, adverbs and a few …

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Preposition Für Explanation and Examples

How would you translate the following sentences into German?<p>This is for you.<br>• He decided not to do it for safety reasons.<p><i>Für</i> often translates into …

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The Position of 'Nicht' in German Sentences

In German, the position of <i>nicht</i> (not) in a sentence is actually quite simple and straightforward. You just have to keep in mind a few points and <i>nicht</i> …

How to Say No in German, With Explanations and Examples

Even people who don't study German know that <i>Nein</i> means no in German. But of course that's only the beginning to German negation. The German adverb</i> …