Tag Archives: The German Language

11 Blogs that Will Help You Learn German

by Sadie Douse

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Photo Gratisography

Have you ever thought about learning a new language but dropped the idea as soon as you thought about the resources? German is one of those languages that people love to learn, but many beginners have no clue as to where and how to start.

Learning German can be a daunting task, especially if you want to learn it online without any professional guidance. There are a myriad of websites. Which should you rely on? However, there are a lot of blogs who are making the job easier for German enthusiasts. If you want to learn German online for free, you should check out the following blogs.

  1. Fluent In Three Months
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Nine Awesome German Idioms

by California Globetrotter

Photo copyright Wolfram Steinberg, dpa

Photo copyright Wolfram Steinberg, dpa

1. Luck in Love

For those of you who are hard-core board/card gamers, maybe it’s best if you lose every now and then. As the Germans say, “Glück im Spiel, pech in der Liebe” which translates to “Luck in the game, unlucky in love.” I’d rather get lucky oh sorry, I meant be lucky in love any day!

2. Cups in the Cupboard

For your friends who eventually all go a bit crazy every now and then, say as the Germans would say, “Alle Tasse im Schrank” which means that someone has “lost their marbles”.

3. Hot Love

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The Germans Have a Word for It

by Alie of The Erlangen Expat and Starting Over in Stuttgart

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Copyright dpa

A lot of articles point at German for being a complicated language full of compound words (you know the ones that hurt your head), but it’s also filled with words that describe a whole situation in one word.

These are some of my favourites :

The present a man brings home when he has stayed out too late or done something wrong ‘Drachenfutter’ literally dragon food.

The feeling of comfiness, coziness and all being well with the world, usually when you have a drink in hand ‘Gemütlichkeit’.

To get together over coffee and chat (or rather, gossip) ‘der Kaffeeklatsch’.

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The Week in Germany: Morrissey, German, Sexy Berlin, & Sexy Bremen

Photo from Gratisography

Photo from Gratisography

Morrissey came to Germany.

And then he had to run away because fans were storming the stage at his concert in Essen.

That crazy German language.

“A great example of a simple little word in German is Reißverschlussverfahren. OK, maybe not simple or little but a typical word nonetheless. It is what’s known as a compound word. That’s the easy part.”  Laptops and Lederhosen takes a look at this German word.

Berlin: “It’s complicated.”  (But still sexy, dammit.)

In order to prove it, iHeartBerlin have compiled a list of Berlin’s sexiest sexy places here.

Is Bremen awesome?

Yes, it is.  Oh My God, My Wife Is German will tell you why.

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Reading in German: A Blog Hop and a Read Along

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

So guys.  This week in Frankfurt books are taking over the city.  Book Fair Week.  It’s my absolute favorite.  To celebrate, this month’s blog hop is all about books and reading (or trying to) in German and in Germany.  There are several ways to join in, so gather ’round and listen up.

Firstly, you can write a post about reading in German.  So this could be a book review of a German book, or the tragic tale of your attempts to read something more complex than See Spot Run.  It could be a rant about finding English-language books in German book stores. (Or, you know, about how the covers are printed in the opposite direction of English books, thus RUINING YOUR ENTIRE BOOKSHELF. Ehem.)  It could even be a story about trying to make a recipe from a German cook book.  If a book or reading is involved, we’re game.

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The Awful German Language: An Expat Bloggers Blog Hop

Gutaussehender Geschäftsmann drückt die JA Taste auf einen virtuellen Schirm

If there were an award for “person who hates the German language the loudest,” Mark Twain would have won it.  No one has satirized the German language quite as hilariously before or since.  As he says:

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German Reflections: Nix Besonderes

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Photo copyright dpa

“The trouble with quotes on the internet is that you can never know if they are genuine.”  -Abraham Lincoln.

Sometimes you encounter very questionable sources on the internet. In every other lecture they feel the need to remind us not to quote Wikipedia in our essays (as if I’d be so dumb to admit to using Wiki – oh wait), and generally there is just something a lot more believable about having documents in print form. But no matter what anyone says, the internet is a great source of information, be it for essays or entertainment. I spend a significant proportion of “the commute” on sites scrolling through a mixture of cat pictures, memes, and inspirational quotes. I’m a sucker for all the deep and meaningful stuff, sometimes they’re what get me through the day. The other day I literally “stumbled upon” one of those superimposed texts over a blurry backdrop and because the word was German, or phoney German at least, it stuck with me.

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