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Learn German Through Shadowing: Super Resources to Get Fluent Faster

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Can you “stick it” with your German?

Gymnasts use this term to describe what happens after they perform their stunts. You execute your routine, you land and then you raise your hands in victory.

In order to “stick …

Dialects and Languages Spoken in Germany: Multiculturalism auf Deutsch

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You know how to say “hello” in German.

But do you know how to say it in all the other languages spoken in Germany?

In Turkish, you would say “Merhaba,” Polish speakers use the word “cześć,” the Kurds greet you …

Bitte, Can I Have Some More? What Does Bitte Mean in German (and How to Use It)

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Proper etiquette dictates we say “bless you” (or in German, “Gesundheit,”) after someone sneezes. In return, they say “danke” (thank you). Did you know that practice is based on fear of The Plague?

To this day, we …

How to Talk About Hobbies in German and Express Yourself in Your Free Time

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Duck herding, extreme ironing or even Hikaru Dorodango (dirt polishing): you’ve probably never participated in any of these activities, but did you know they’re actual hobbies?

Yes, it’s true.

See, the great thing about hobbies is that it doesn’t really …

“Congratulations” in German! Your Guide to German Praise, Compliments and Well-wishing

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Hey, you! Congratulations!

Or, as they say in Germany, “Herzlichen Glückwunsch!”

That’s right, you deserve some congratulations.

I don’t know you, but I know it’s true.

Whoever and wherever you are, there’s a lot you’ve had to accomplish to get …

German Genders Questionnaire: A Simple Way to Determine the Gender of Any Noun

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Imagine your furniture filling out a questionnaire that asked: “Are you male, female or neuter?”

Your chair would check the box next to “male.”

Meanwhile, the painting you have hanging above your fireplace would check “neuter.”

But the fireplace itself …

6 Must-have German Grammar Books for Incredible, Unplugged Learning


Turn off your iPads, put down your cellphone, close your laptop

No, wait!

Before you do that, first order one of these amazing German grammar books.

That’s right. We said books.

Not the latest app, or the newest website.…