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Prost! How to Order a Beer in German Like a Native

“Beer, please!” You know you’d never say this at an actual pub. So if you’re trying to order a beer in German, saying “Bier, bitte!” isn’t gonna cut it. There are so many details you’d be missing. What kind of …

Just Ask! Everything You Need to Know About German Question Words

“He who doesn’t ask questions remains dumb.” Sounds a little harsh, doesn’t it? Believe it or not, that’s from the theme song for “Sesamstraße,” the German version of “Sesame Street.” This line was even parodied by oddball German electronic musicians …

Writing Right: 8 Simple Rules for Perfect German Spelling

Don’t let yourself be dependent on German spell check and autocorrect. You know exactly how notorious these technological tools are for bungling up sentences. With the right knowledge and practice methods, you’ll be able to compete in a …

Business German Vocabulary to Impress Your International Office

Germany is the powerhouse of the European economy, making German an important language in international business. German-speaking business build cars, fly around the globe, develop medicines, make delicious food and drinks and transform our digital lives. It’s time for you …

The Best German Textbooks: 6 Tried and True Classics

Let’s face it. Learning a language on your own is tough. How do you know where to begin? Where can you find learning material? How can you test yourself? Where do you get explanations for concepts you don’t understand? Clearly, …

10 Romantic German Phrases to Impress Your Crush

Stereotypes shmereotypes. We’ve heard it all before: German is a harsh language, German speakers sound angry all of the time and have no sense of humor. Certainly they could never be romantic. Well, believe it or not, German people …