Author Archive | Nick Schäferhoff

Want Germans to Think You’re Local? Follow This Guide to Perfect Pronunciation

german pronunciation guide

Imagine the following scenario:

You get into a conversation with some German speakers.

Nothing too deep, just idle chitchat at a party maybe.

You talk for half the night before you decide to go home.

While walking back to your …

150+ Basic German Phrases for Immediate Interaction with Native Speakers

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Achieve fluency in German you want, speak you must—lots.

Yoda

Alright, alright the little green goblin (and most honored Jedi master) from “Star Wars” did not actually say those words. Yet, if he did, he couldn’t be more correct.…

12 Addictive German Audio Dramas That Will Boost Your Listening Skills

German dramas

Today, we are going to travel back in time. To your childhood.

Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean we will analyze how being pushed over on the playground at age four is making you feel inadequate in social situations today (you …

The 80-20 System for Learning German Vocabulary

how to learn german vocabulary

You know what’s one of the most fun moments in your German studies?

The moment you have acquired a high-enough level of proficiency such that your new language opens up novel channels of communication and understanding.

You know, the point …

How to Learn German Faster with Audiobooks

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Let’s be honest with one another for a second.

You don’t love all parts of learning German equally, do you?

Come on, you can tell me. It’s just between us.

I mean, some learning activities are clearly more pleasant than …

Why You Should Live with a German Host Family (and How to Get Started)

german host family

Ever wish you were a German baby?

Maybe not. But I bet I can change that.

Just think about how Germans acquire their mother tongue.

Sitting around the family table eating Bratkartoffeln (pan-fried potatoes) and Sauerkraut. 

You’d grow up totally

How to Stop Letting German Writing Practice Slip Through the Cracks

how to stop letting german writing practice slip through the cracks

Are you attacking German on all its major fronts?

Be honest. How much time do you actively spend writing in German?

The truth doesn’t have to hurt.

Got reading, listening and speaking covered while writing slips through the cracks?

It’s …