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How to Ride German Transportation Like a Local: Essential Vocabulary and Tips


I had my luggage, but not a word of German.

I’d just landed at the Frankfurt International Airport.

I knew my hostel was near the city’s Central Station, about seven miles away.

But… I couldn’t read the signs …

German Past Participles: The Lazy German Learner’s Favorite Trick


I’ll be honest, I can be lazy sometimes.

And I might be guilty of sacrificing the “best” way for the “easy” way every now and then.

However, if you’re like me, I’m happy to report that sometimes the best solutions …

15 German Christmas Phrases for a Holly, Jolly, Gingerbready Christmas


Christmas is, without a doubt, the most enchanting time of year.

There’s something so comforting about it.

Curling up under a warm blanket with a piping hot drink.

Looking at a lit Christmas tree in the corner of the room.…

How to Conjugate Strong and Weak German Verbs Like a Pro


If the idea of a “strong” verb immediately conjures images of a verb lifting heavy weights, we’ll need to clear the air.

But what does strong and weak have to do with verbs? What’s the difference?

If you’re in the …

How Far Can You Get with Learning German in One Month?


When I first moved to Germany, I didn’t speak a single word of German.

Needless to say, it was rough going for the first couple of weeks.

You’d be surprised how many Germans can’t speak English, or who can …

To Be or Not to Be? The German Verb Sein and 7 Ways to Conjugate It


Sein oder Nichtsein, das ist hier die Frage.

Translation: To be or not to be, that is the question.

When I first moved to Germany, sein wasn’t just a verb I had to learn, it was the verb.…