Umlauts Making You See Spots? The Clarifying Guide to German Vowels with Umlauts

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The letters Ä, Ö and Ü look so similar to A, O and U

Can’t we just pronounce them the same?

I think you know the answer.

Tempting as it might be, you can’t simply ignore those little dots—the …

How to Learn German Grammar: Simpler, Faster, Easier-to-remember Techniques


There are people who like to stop and smell the roses.

Then there are people who mow down the roses as they race to their destination.

While it’s great to be able to savor life and take things slow, in …

Ich ziehe um! 30+ German Words for Moving House


A new house, a new town and new faces…

Moving can be both scary and exciting!

If you’re preparing to move—or just want to unpack a new type of German vocabulary—our list of terms for moving in German is …

German Article Anxiety? The Cure Is This Guide to Using and Remembering the Right Articles


The beer hall in Munich is dazzling.

High ceilings soar over crowded tables of patrons chatting enthusiastically with tall steins of beer.

You go up to the counter and say, in German, “I would like a beer.”

Simple, right?

But …

End Auxiliary Confusion! A Guide to German Auxiliary Verbs


“Ich möchte eine Kuh sein.” (I would like to be a cow.)

I’ll always remember what my friend told me about his career goal.

“Wie bitte?” (What?), I said, trying to contain my laughter, and failing.

“Oh! I …

6 Must-download Android Apps for 6 Approaches to German Learning


We’d all love to install the German language straight into our brains.

But I’m not holding my breath for that leap in technology.

We don’t even really have self-driving cars yet.

In the meantime, installing quality German learning apps to

Hansel and German: Accusative German Exercises to Do with Fairy Tales

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Once upon a time, in a far away land, there lived a curious student who wished to learn German.

With a trusty German textbook in one hand and FluentU in the other, this knowledge-seeking apprentice journeyed far and wide, becoming …