Category Learning techniques

Telephoning in German — What you need to know

[Ring, ring, ring. Click.] Marathon Sprachen. Langenegger am Apparat, guten Tag. Ah, ah, ah, … English?… Oh, yes, English is ok. We’ve moved our site. You’ll find the full article here: http://marathonsprachen.com/telephoning-in-german-what-you-need-to-know/

German Personal Pronouns at Après-Ski with Schlager Musik

Last week I gave you quite a bit of German ski vocabulary. It’s winter and in Switzerland that means Ski fahren. After a day of skiing many then hit the Après-Ski. Here is the a brief account of happens at Après-Ski: We’ve moved. You’ll find the full article here: http://marathonsprachen.com/german-personal-pronouns-at-apres-ski-with-schlager-musik/

Expressing your New Year’s Resolutions in German — Future Tense with Modals

Today is New Year’s Eve (Silvester) and everyone is getting ready for the big party (die Party) tonight. Of course many of you are also putting together lists of your New Year’s Resolutions (der Neujahrsvorsatz / die Neujahrsvorsätze) one of which if you’re reading this blog might be to improve your German (dein Deutsch verbessern). […]

Well that’s just perfect! — Using das Perfekt in German

A few weeks ago one of our Facebook followers asked me to write about using the perfect (das Perfekt)in German. This post is mean to be an answer to that question and a detailed continuation of the posts “Understanding German Verbs 1 & 2.” While there are many things that make German a rather complicated […]

German Halloween Vocabulary and Customs

On Wednesday it’s Halloween again. No doubt many of you have celebrated this weekend, and those of you living in Catholic cantons (Kantone) and federal states (Bundesländer) can expect to have November 1st, All Saints’ Day (Allerheiligen) off. So there are a few things that I must tell you. Though Halloween is not completely foreign […]

Getting Fit in German — Weekly Planner to Improve your German

Three years ago when we started Marathon Sprachen, we chose the name because we knew that learning a language is very similar to learning to run a marathon. Language learning is not based on learning facts, but learning skills. Like learning to run long distance, one needs to practice daily. Learning German means learning a […]

Decoding German Questions to Unlock the Answer

Anytime I start teaching a new student I realize one thing. Most people believe that there is no system to the new language they are learning. The good news is though that there is. In this blog post I want to decode “entschlüsseln” German questions, so that you can correctly answer them. We’ve moved. You’ll […]

Zu / An Weihnachten — Regionalisms

About a month ago I wrote a series of blogs on the different German prepositions, which we can all remember fall into the following four categories: accusative, dative, two-way, and genitive. Have you mantrafied and memorized them yet? We’ve moved. You’ll find the full article here: http://marathonsprachen.com/zu-an-weihnachten-regionalisms/

Prepositions Part 3: Two-Way Prepositions

So for the past two weeks we’ve been learning our accusative and dative preposition. We’ve made up rhymes and sing them to waltzes and we feel confident. What are the most important ones? Right! We’ve moved. You’ll find the full article here: http://marathonsprachen.com/prepositions-part-3-two-way-prepositions/

Prepositions 2: Datives on the Danube

For over a week now you’ve been busy learning your accusative prepositions: bis, durch, entlang, für, gegen, ohne, um. You’ve done so well that you’ve even come up with your own mantras, rhymes, and even songs. Congratulations, you’re on your way. As I hinted at last week and as you’ve surely already encountered there are […]