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Skiwortschatz — German Ski Vocabulary

It’s January and in German-speaking Europe that means it’s skiing season (die Skisaison). The word Ski in German presents this very phonetic language with a bit of a challenge because Germans typically say “she” for Ski and often even spell it as such: Schi. This has to do with its origin. The word actually comes […]

Frohes Chanukka! — German Hanukkah vocabulary

Saturday marked the start of Hanukkah, an annual Jewish festival commemorating the building of the second temple in Jerusalem. In today’s post we’ll look at some common and important German Hanukkah vocabulary. We’ve moved. You’ll find the full article here: http://marathonsprachen.com/frohes-chanukka-german-hanukkah-vocabulary/ 

Giving Thanks in German — German Thanksgiving Vocabulary

This coming Thursday (Donnerstag) Americans in the United States and all over the world will once again celebrate their Thanksgiving festival (das Erntedankfest; literally festival in thanks of the harvest). Next to Christmas (Weihnachten) this is one of the most important celebrations in the US and many countries have similar festivals, though they may not […]

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 […]

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 […]

German Locational Adverbs — (Wo? Wohin? Woher?)

Happy second day of Christmas! During this time of year many like to go home to spend time with their family and friends. Where are you spending your Christmas. Where do you normally spend your Christmas? Sometimes when answering these questions we need to use adverbs of place. They are even good for asking for […]

German Adverbs of Time (wann? wie oft?)

Christmas is just one week away and many people will be going home to spend the holidays with their family. Others will be spending time with friends. Inevitably we tell stories when we’re around other people. One of the most important parts of speech that you need to tell a flowing narrative are adverbs. We’ve […]

Christmas Vocabulary — Weihnachtswortschatz

In Zurich the christmas lights are hanging and the Christmas market (der Weihnachtsmarkt / der Christkindlimarkt) in the main station as well as off the Bahnhofstrasse and at Bellevue have opened and are serving mulled wine and hot apple cider (der Glühwein, der Glühmost) along with gingerbread (der Lebkuchen) and roasted chestnuts (heisse Maroni). We’ve […]

Reflexive Verbs Word Cloud

I buy me a coffee — The reflexive in German

When I lived in Vancouver I had a German friend who would always ask us the following question: “I’m going to buy me a coffee, would anyone else like one?” We always tried to explain to him that English unlike German does not use the reflexive as much as German. Though in the case above […]

Der Die Das

The DER — DIE — DAS

If there is one thing that I stress when teaching German it is the importance of learning nouns with their articles. Like French, Spanish and many other languages German has genders. What makes German just that little harder though is that there are three genders. And the article for words in the plural is the […]