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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/

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 […]

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Prepositions Part 1: The Accusative 7

If there was a villain in languages it would be prepositions. These are tricky things that if you look them up in a dictionary you’ll get dozens of usages and then all the colloquial expressions which use them in different manners. On top of that depending on region the same language might use different prepositions: […]

False Friends (wollen vs. werden vs. bekommen) — Or why Germans become hot dogs

If there is one caveat that most people hear when learning a second language, it is to be aware of false friends. English and German are full of these false friends. I’m not going to get into all of them of even very many but there are three that you need to be careful of […]

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 […]