How to be vague in German

At some stage in your German learning, you will come across words with the prefix ‘irgend’ – actually, quite a few of them! And they all mean something vague. Let’s have a look at some of the easy ones: irgendetwas – something, anything Was wirst du essen? Irgendetwas! What will you eat? Something (but right … Read more

Honour thy German Teacher!

  Today is World Teacher Day! It’s been celebrated every 5th October since 1994. “According to UNESCO, World Teachers’ Day represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development.” (quote Wikipedia) So I thought, today is a good day to look at … Read more

Great tips from the Creative Language Learning Podcast

Last month I have been interviewed by fellow native German speaker and teacher Kerstin Hammes at Fluent Language. If you like languages and listening to podcasts about learning languages I would recommend you have a listen to her great “Creative Language Learning Podcast”, well one in particular 😉 For the interview with me you only need to … Read more

Spiellieder – a website with German children’s songs

  I have written about Detlef Cordes’ songs before (here and here) but as he’s updated his website, it’s well worth another visit. Detlef loves writing and singing children’s songs and a lot of them are very useful for learning German, especially for children. You can listen to each song while also reading or singing … Read more

Did you go to the Language Show?

This post contains an affiliate link to Amazon. It means I might get a few pence if you buy anything – at no extra cost to you.   As every year for the last seven or so years I went to the Language Show in London on Saturday.  The reason I go is a mixture … Read more

What subjects do German school children learn?

Shortly after I posted Thursday’s post about school I spoke to a student about school subjects and the question came up:”What subject do German children learn?” In the four years at primary school they learn the following general subjects: Deutsch – German Mathe(matik) – Maths Musik – Music Kunst – Art Heimat- und Sachunterricht –  general … Read more

German idioms with colours

  Yesterday I saw somebody with a black eye, which reminded me how we use idioms differently. In English, people have a black eye but in German they have a blue eye (ein blaues Auge). That gave me the idea for the following slide show. I hope I haven’t forgotten any interesting sentences or phrases … Read more

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