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Das Volk des Machens und Fahrens — The things Germans make and drive

German’s call Germany “Das Land der Dichter und Denker” (The country of poets and philosophers). Germans speakers should be called “Das Volk des Machens und Fahrens” (the people of making and driving). We’ve moved. You’ll find the full article here: http://marathonsprachen.com/das-volk-des-machens-und-fahrens/

Saying “there” in German (da vs. dort vs. hier)

When learning any new languages, one of the hardest things for most people to do is to stop translating word for word from their first language to the new language. Even if you have a large vocabulary doing this will still render more incorrect sentences than correct ones. The same is true from between German […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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German Linguistic Precision Part II — Saying where things are in German

Last week we learned that the German language has three words that are generally used for “to put”. In English once something is put somewhere it is usually there. We’ve moved. You’ll find the full article here: http://marathonsprachen.com/german-linguistic-precision-part-2/

Punctuality Word Cloud

German: The language of punctuality

If there is one stereotype that doesn’t seem to be negative about Germans and the Swiss is that they are punctual. As writer Paul Bilton notes, “The Swiss are so punctual that they have a concept incomprehensible to lesser nations, that of being Überpünklich —literally, over punctual — and this is not viewed as a […]