Happy Birthday in German: Fun Phrases to Know and Faux Pas to Avoid


What will you wish for as you blow out the candles on your next birthday cake?

How about German fluency?

One important step to get there is learning German customs and phrases that every native speaker knows—like how to wish

Master These Hardest German Words to Pronounce, and the Rest Will Be a Breeze!


Peter Piper may have picked a peck of pickled peppers…

But how many happy hens did Hans feed?

German is a hard language to pronounce, from the individual sounds to those crazy long compound nouns. Even individual words …

Can You Say Oachkatzlschwoaf? How to Learn Bavarian German and Sound Like a Real Local


Take a look at your outfit.

Do you have on Levi jeans? How about Puma or Adidas footwear?

If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you’re actually wearing brands that came from the same location as dirndls and …

Get a Clue! Where to Find the Best German Crosswords (Online, Print and DIY)


What’s a six-letter word, starting with “f,” that describes your destiny as a German learner?

Did you guess “fluent?”

Crossword puzzles are a great way to practice German and build your vocabulary. The more you play with words and ponder …

How Long Does It Take to Learn German? 4 Factors to Speed Up the Process


Ever notice how “instant” stuff is never quite as good?

You won’t catch me putting instant rice on the table.

I’ll take a fresh brewed pot of joe over instant coffee any day.

Things that take time are just better!…

12+ Distinctly German Holidays and a Few Done Differently in Deutschland


Is there a German Thanksgiving?

What does Santa Claus do in Germany?

And what’s with all the tipsy dads on Ascension Day?

German holidays may not be so different from what you’re used to—especially the biggies like Easter, Christmas and …

hdl! 11 Fresh German SMS Abbreviations for Fluent Texting

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8ung! 8ung! (Achtung! Achtung!)

Attention! Attention!

There’s a faster, more fluent way to text in German.

Just like in English, you wouldn’t want your text messages to sound like they came out of a textbook or a formal letter.

You …