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On Your Mark, Get Set, Learn German with Lessons for Beginners!


If you’re just starting to learn German, here’s a free, one-phrase lesson for you:

Aller Anfang ist schwer.

It means “All beginnings are difficult.”

Ouch! Why am I telling you this at the start of a post about German lessons …

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 …

6 Easy Peasy German Speaking Tips for Beginners


Speaking is easy, right?

You just need to put your lips together, engage your vocal chords, and then the words will fall right out.

Well, sure, it is pretty easy speaking in your native tongue. But how do you think …

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 …

Practicing German Online? Check Out These 6 Major Do’s and Don’ts


What’s in your bookmarks bar?

There’s something else you should add to your starred list of favorite websites, recipes, video tutorials and video game walkthroughs.

You’re overdue for bookmarking some good, solid German learning websites.

If you’re obsessed …

What You Oughta Know About Basic German Grammar: The 20-minute Guide


We all know the stereotypes of the German language.

It sounds harsh and guttural.

Its grammar is needlessly complicated.

It has ridiculously long words.

I was going to start this post with an encouraging and reassuring message that German isn’t

The Real Skinny on Whether or Not German Is Easy to Learn


Das ist einfach!

That’s the answer you might hear from a German who finds it easy to learn English, or any other language for that matter.

In fact, from my travels to Munich and Berlin, it seems like most …