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ß Is for… What?! Cracking the Code to the German Double S

Can you decipher this secret code? “Kdzqmhmf Fdqlzm hr etm!” (Hint: We substituted each letter for the previous letter in the alphabet.) Did you crack the code? If you decode it correctly, you can read the secret message: “Learning …

Everything You Need to Know About German Reflexive Verbs

Everyone talks to themselves. It’s okay, you can admit it. Whether you voice your thoughts aloud or keep them confined to the space between your ears, you participate in a lot of self-talk. We all do it! But did you …

The Nostalgic’s Guide to the German Past Tense

Ever wanted a glimpse of the past? Watching old movies should satisfy your fix. Black and white or fully in color, these films show us what came before. Because without the past, there wouldn’t be a future—or a present. The …

The Secret to Asking Questions in German

“The important thing is never to stop questioning.” This quote comes from the famous Albert Einstein, according to Creating Minds, a site dedicated to promoting creativity. Of course, having been born in Württemburg, Einstein would have said it …

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 …

Go with the Flow! 200+ of the Most Common German Nouns

What is the longest word you can think of? Imagine a word that is 63 letters long. Yes, 63 individual letters. Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz. That may seem longer than all of Germany’s beautiful rivers combined, but its meaning, “law delegating beef label …

FYI: 70+ of the Most Useful German Abbreviations

The language you use may be smaller than you realize. Whether you’re texting your BFF or expertly crafting your next tweet, abbreviations, or Abkürzungen in German, come in handy all the time. Think about it. When was the last …

3 Simple Uses of the German Word Zu, Plus When to Avoid It

They’re any Scrabble player’s secret weapon. Those tiny, two-letter words. Am… is… do… on… I could keep going. There are quite a few words you can create in English with only two letters. Same goes for German. Which ones can …

All About Family: How to Talk About Your Family in German

Family gatherings are the subject of many books, reality TV shows and films. Around them, you can be yourself without fear of being judged. They’re made up of all different sizes, types and personalities. And most importantly, family is there …

German Cooking Vocabulary: Top Ingredients, Tools and More

Cooking and baking are a crucial part of any culture. And German-language culture is no exception. From bratwurst to black forest cherry cake, it offers a variety of sweet, salty and savory foods. Whether you enjoy cooking or …