Famous Germans – Theo Lingen

“Theo Lingen (10 June 1903 – 10 November 1978), born Franz Theodor Schmitz, was a German actor, film director and screenwriter. He appeared in more than 230 films between 1929 and 1978, and directed 21 films between 1936 and 1960.” (source Wikipedia) Fancy reading about him in German? Here is the German Wikipedia page about … Read more

Improve your German in June 2024

Welcome to another month of the German Action for Happiness Calendars. As before, you can if you wish also print out a PDF version. And if you want or need to, you can see it here in English, where you also find further foreign languages. Use the following sentences as a German reading and translation exercise and … Read more

How to use ‘ich will’ and ‘ich werde’ when talking about the future in German

Whenever students want to talk about the future, they often get wollen and werden mixed up. It’s understandable, because ‘ich will’ sounds like ‘I will’. But it’s a false friend, because ‘ich will’ means ‘I want’. When asked, for example, “Was wirst du morgen machen?” (What will you do tomorrow?) students told me “Ich will … Read more

Famous Germans – Rudolf Diesel

“Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel (18 March 1858 – 29 September 1913) was a German inventor and mechanical engineer who is famous for having invented the Diesel engine, which burns Diesel fuel; both are named after him.” (Source Wikipedia) As it would have been his birthday today, I searched the internet for some easy and not … Read more

How to use the German word WILLKOMMEN

A while ago I was asked when (or how) to use willkommen with bei, in, zu, auf or an. I answered and then did a little research to see if there was more. The result is this blog post. Willkommen & dative prepositions: Willkommen as an adjective. If it’s used an an adjective and comes … Read more

Exploring the German verb BRECHEN and its variations

This page contains affiliate links to Amazon. It means I’ll get a few pence if you buy anything – at no extra cost to you. The verb brechen means to break. It gets conjugated as follows (watch out, it’s an irregular verb, so the 2nd and 3rd form singular is different): The perfect tense goes with ‘haben’ … Read more

Three German words that can make strange translations

As German learners start to learn more and more vocabulary, they learn that ‘questions’ are ‘Fragen’ and the verb ‘to ask’ is ‘fragen’. So when they want to say ‘asking questions’ they say ‘Fragen fragen’. That’s not how we say it in German (although if you said it, people would understand you). Asking questions in … Read more

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