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The 8 Best German-English and German-only Dictionaries for Language Learners


Pop quiz!

What does “die Katze im Sack kaufen” (literally, “to buy the cat in the bag”) mean?

What about “WG mit einem älteren Pärchen” (literally, “a shared apartment with an older couple”)?

And bonus point: what’s a Swiss German …

How to Be More German: The German Way of Life and Its Particularities


Wish you could become German?

Well, since you’re reading a blog about German language and culture, there’s a good chance that you at least want to learn to speak German.

But there’s also definitely something to be said …

6 Handy German Verb Books for Your Conjugation Needs


Do you often find yourself getting distracted during your German studies?

No surprises there. It’s a wonderful language, but the grammar can be a beast.

It can be even harder to concentrate on verb patterns and the like when …

8 German Rap Songs for Mastering the Language Like a Boss


All the grammar. All the rules. All the vocab.

Learning a new language (and in particular German!) can sometimes feel like an uphill battle.

There’s got to be an easier way, right?

A more engaging, satisfying, …

Improve Your German Listening with 9 “Made in Germany” Podcasts


Building good habits can be difficult.

Every year, you make a New Year’s resolution to change something for the better.

But by the time February rolls around, you get so busy and caught up with day-to-day life that you may …

6 Places Online to Watch German Videos with Subtitles, from Beginner to Advanced


If you’re learning German, subtitles are your friends.

That’s true whether you’re watching a movie or a TV show or singing a German song in a karaoke bar.

It’s simply much easier to understand the language if you can see …

6 German Movies for Beginners That You’ve Never Heard Of


It’s Friday night.

You’ve had a long week and want to zone out on the couch.

Catching up on your German lessons is probably the last thing on your mind.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Instead of …