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Really?! You can say that? — German sentence structure

Tell any German speaker that you are learning German and you’re sure to here this phrase: “Deutsche Sprache — schwere Sprache”. There are many reasons why German comes off as more difficult than English. First there are the three genders, then there are the four cases and then of course the verbs. The most important […]

When to use wenn, wann and als

Last week we discussed when we use the conjunctions “wenn” and “ob” in their meaning of “if”. In the introduction to the post we also saw that “wenn” can also mean “when”. This is another place where German presents some difficulty. In German there are three words for the English “when”: wenn, als, wann. And […]

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 […]