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  • Last month Peter and Sabine visited the Rhine and the Ruhr, this month they’re off to explore Oldenburg and Hamburg. Oldenburg Lebt wohl, ihr Burgen, und du schöner Rhein! Noch heut woll’n wir in Niederdeutschland sein, Am Himmel zieht ein Wetter auf, drum radeln wir mit schnellem Lauf. In Oldenburg ist unsere nächste Rast. Wir laden uns im Bauernhof zu Gast. Wie fett sind hier [...] The post Wir...

Angelika's German Tuition & Translation
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  •   The 22st September is the official first day of autumn (or fall for my American readers), so this blog post is about autumn with  German words and songs. Let’s start with some Herbst… words: der Herbst – autumn/ fall der Herbstanfang – beginning of autumn der Herbstabend – autumn evening die Herbstaster – wild chrysanthemum das Herbstblatt – autumn leaf die Herbstblätter – autumn leaves das Her...

Angelika's German Tuition & Translation
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  • If you are a regular reader of my blog you know that I often write about free online resources. Today’s post is slightly different, although the resources might still be free. The idea for this post came in preparation for my video show Ask Angelika episode 23, because we are having our annual board game evening this month. Board games are such a wonderful way of practising a [...] The post Let’s...

Angelika's German Tuition & Translation
Angelika's German Tuition & Translation
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  • All my students know that I’m a big fan of the online dictionary Linguee.  It’s great for looking up words and even phrases. But if you wanted to see a whole paragraph translated you would need to resort to Google translate, as Linguee often even can’t cope with longer sentences ….. until now! A few days ago I found out that Linguee has gone a step [...] The post DeepL Translator – a review appea...

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  • Last month Peter and Sabine visited Frankfurt and Trier, this month they’re off to explore the Rhine and the Ruhr. Rhein Das schaffende Völkchen am Rhein versteht es, recht fröhlich zu sein. – Wir singen gern mit und kosten die Reben. Sabinchen, was kann es denn Schöneres geben! – Tief unten der mächtige, rauchende Strom, In weiter Ferne der Kölner Dom! Die Ritterburgen aus alten [...]

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  • Quora is a great site for German learners. If you’re not familiar with it, let me briefly explain. Quora is a site where anybody can ask and answer questions about (almost) any topic. All questions and answers are organised and checked by the community. You need to register but it is very straight forward. Have a look at my video about Quora or carry on [...]

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  •   The following text is a chapter from my book The A to Z of Learning German: 26 ideas to make learning German more exciting and fun! Visit Germany to practise your German! This is an obvious point! Is there any better way to practise what you’ve learned or to learn new words? Of course, not everybody can do that, so how about a pretend visit. [...] The post German for your holidays appeared firs...

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  • The author and painter Joachim Ringelnatz was born on the 7th August 1883 in Wurzen in Saxony. His real name was Hans Bötticher but in 1919 he changed it to Ringelnatz to be used as his pen name for his publications.  People were speculation if Ringelnatz was a wordplay of animal names, like Ringelnatter (grass snake) or because he liked seahorses that wind (= ringeln) but he wouldn’t say. He died...

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  • Last month Peter and Sabine visited the Black Forest and Heidelberg, this month they’re off to explore Frankfurt and Trier. Frankfurt Der Himmel ist blau, die Sonne lacht. In Frankfurt wird nun Halt gemacht. – Du kannst, Sabine, es noch nicht verstehen, was hier für große Dinge einst geschehen. Es war vor nunmehr hundert Jahren, daß deutsche Männer hier versammelt waren. Sie wollten ein geeintes ...

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  • Hey you, how’s it going? A very informal greeting, which in German would be – Na du, wie geht’s? (if you’re talking to one person) Na ihr, wie geht’s? (if you’re talking to more than one) Apart from ‘na, du/ ihr’ there are lots more phrases with ‘Na’. In this infographic I give you the most common ones: So, if anybody tells you that German is [...] The post 10 ways to use the German word ‘Na’ ap...

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  • Do you play tennis? Do you watch tennis? Have you been following the matches at Wimbledon? Have you ever considered to combine your love of watching/ playing tennis with learning German? No? Well, you should ☺ In our fortnightly live video show Steven learnt some German tennis words and sentences which I found on this lovely German website Tennis Weblog Some of the sentences came [...] The post G...

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  •   Show me the money! Let’s talk about money! To be more precise, German money and what the Germans might call it. First some ‘normal’ words (plural ending in brackets): der Euro(s) – Euro der Cent(s) – Cent(s) das Bargeld – cash das Kleingeld – small/ loose change das Wechselgeld – change das Taschengeld – pocket money das Falschgeld – counterfeit money die Banknote(n) – banknote(s) der Geldschei...

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  • Are you a train enthusiast? And a German learner? Great! I have found some interesting German websites for anybody who wants to learn more about trains and practise their German. Olis Bahnwelt This site from the Deutsche Bahn is aimed at German children, therefore perfect for those learning German. It has lots of information, videos, games and craft activities for younger German children, like th...

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  • Last month Peter and Sabine visited the Zugspitze and Lake Constance, this month they’re off to explore the Black Forest, or Schwarzwald and  Heidelberg. Schwarzwald Der hohe Wald! Ganz wie bei uns zu Haus! – Das Mädchen ruft’s voll Freude aus. – Sabine, lassen wir das Dreirad stehn! Ich habe Lust zu Fuß zu gehn. Hörst du den Kuckuck dort im Tann! Schwarzwälder Uhren zeigen so die [...] The post ...

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  • The 21st June is the official first day of summer, so this blog post is about summer with  German words and songs. Unlike for spring (see my spring post here) there is only one word in German for summer: der Sommer. But the summer is divided into several parts. der Frühsommer – early summer der Hochsommer – midsummer (high summer) der Spätsommer – late summer and, if we’re really [...] The post T...

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  • Are you on Twitter? If yes, do you use it for learning German? I read the other  day that 51% of all tweets are in English, the rest in other languages, including many German tweets. So, how could you use Twitter to learn or improve your German? Depending on how much German you already know you could follow one or all of the following suggestions: 1. Find tweets that [...] The post 5 tips for lea...

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  • Have you heard of Mosalingua? Have you used it to learn German? I had heard of it but have to admit I hadn’t tried it out…. until the lovely people from Mosalingua invited me to do so. How could I refuse! What is Mosalingua? The best way to explain is to show your their video first: But I also did a video to show you a little [...] The post Learn German with Mosalingua – a review appeared first o...

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  • Last month Peter and Sabine visited Passau and Munich, this month they’re off to explore the Zugspitze and the Bodensee, or Lake Constance, as it’s called in English. Zugspitze Die Berge, der Schnee und die Aussicht, sieh! Ach Peter, so hoch glaubt’ die Berge ich nie! – Die Zugspitzbahn bringt nun die Kinder hinauf, hinab hat das Dreirad freien Lauf. Sabine hält sich fest an Peters Brust, [...] T...

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  • How can a short German three letter word be complicated? When it has two different pronunciations! The three letters are w, e and g and I often hear people get the pronunciations mixed up. So I’ve made a video for you: In case you want to copy all those words, here there are again: Weg as a noun: Der Weg – path, alley, pathway, alley, journey Der Wegbegleiter [...] The post Weg or weg, that is th...

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Angelika's German Tuition & Translation
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  • Last week a friend told me about this forthcoming German book ‘Die kleine Backstube’. It is available on amazon as of today, Monday 15th May 2017. Amazon’s description says “The future of the Little Bakery, in the family for 100 years, is uncertain. This is a story of how a young woman follows her passion to try and make something great. It tells of her creativity, hard work [...] The post Die kl...

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  • If you have ever been inside a German church, whether for a service or just to admire the building, you might have wondered what some of the things you see are called. The last time I went back to Germany I attended a church service in the church I was confirmed many years ago and where my family is still very active. So, after the service I took [...] The post 15 Things to find in a German Churc...

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  • A few years ago I wrote a blog post called Keep fit or learn German? Why not do both? It was a fun post for beginners who want to keep fit but also learn German. So I found some fun action video which taught some basic German ☺ But what about keep fit enthusiasts who want to do their daily exercises but at the same time keep up [...] The post German for Keep Fit Enthusiasts appeared first on Ange...

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  • Last month Peter and Sabine visited Weimar and Nürnberg, this month they’re off to Passau and München, or Munich, as English speakers call it. Passau Hier oben möcht’ ich immer stehn, drei Flüsse kann man auf einmal sehn: die breite Donau, die Ilz, den Inn. Hier baute man einst Passau hin. Viel Kähne, vollbeladen und schwer, sie fahren bis zum Schwarzen Meer.   Passau, a town [...] The post Wir s...

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  • For today’s blog post I’m pleased to introduce you to one of my newsletter subscribers, Kirsty Major of English with Kirsty, who describes how she turned learning German into working with German. Over to you, Kirsty: How my favourite subject at school became part of my job When I started High School, German wasn’t on my timetable. Half of the school learned French, and the other half [...] The po...

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  • I have mentioned Memrise in other blog posts before but feel it needs to have a post on its own, so here it is: According to Wikipedia “Memrise is an online learning tool with courses created by its community. Its courses are mainly used to teach language, but are also used for other academic and nonacademic subjects, including science, music, history, philosophy, and popular culture. [...] The p...

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  • Last year I read an interesting German book called ‘Wilde Jahre in West Berlin’, all about somebody’s time in Berlin during the 1980s. I thoroughly enjoyed the book as it reminded me of some of my youth years despite not having lived in Berlin – and after 1982 not even in Germany. The book is also available in English but I wasn’t interested in that, as for me it had [...] The post Learn German wi...

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  • Last month Peter and Sabine visited Meissen and Leipzig, this month they’re off to Weimar and Nürnberg. Weimar Wo sind wir heute, Peter, sag, an diesem stillen Sommertag! – In Weimar, wo vor hundertfünfzig Jahren Goethe und Schiller heimisch waren. Du siehst vor dir das Goethehaus, hier ging einst Goethe ein und aus, der Dichter voller Ruhm und Glanz. – Ich flecht’ ihm einen Blumenkranz. When [.....

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Angelika's German Tuition & Translation
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  • The 20th March is the official first day of spring, so this blog post is about spring with lots of words and phrases. There are three words in German for spring: der Frühling (this is the official word for the season spring) der Frühlingsanfang – beginning of spring die Frühlingsgefühle – spring fever die Frühlingszwiebel – spring onion die Frühlingsrolle – spring roll das Frühlingsgemüse – sprin...

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