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Follow This Formula to Use German Comparatives and Superlatives


Take German and Japanese.

Would you say German is easier to learn?

I sure would, but that’s because I’m a native English speaker and English has Germanic roots.

In fact, because of the many similarities between English and

40 Essential Strong Verbs for Flexing Those German Muscles


Do your German skills stand a fighting change against strong verbs?

Hold on, hold on—put those boxing gloves down.

They’re not called strong because they’ll beat you up.

They’re strong from a grammar perspective. That is, strong verbs squash …

German Separable Verbs: United They Stand, Divided They… Also Stand!


Do you suffer from separation anxiety?

I’m not talking about anxiety related to leaving your family, but rather anxiety related to German separable verbs.

There are many wonderful things about the German language, but separable verbs cause lots of

Präteritum Problems? Here’s How to Use the German Simple Past Tense


So, how simple is the German simple past tense, anyway?

Until you’ve got a handle on its verb conjugations, it might seem a lot more complicated than its name lets on.

You might be doing some mental gymnastics to …

The Best German Intermediate Course Sites, Based on 9 Key Topics Intermediate Learners Need to Know

german intermediate course

If you’re ready for a German intermediate course, you’re halfway up the mountain.

Go on, take a minute to celebrate (…just stay away from any ledges).

Okay, now back to business: actually finding a course to take.

Today we’re going …

How to Learn German: Everything You Should Know to Get Started


Don’t bite off more than you can chew!

There’s a reason most of us hear that warning when we’re kids: because if you bite off more than you can chew, you might choke.

That’s good advice for eating, but it’s …