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

Setzen, stellen, legen, oder sitzen, stehen, liegen?

Six years ago I wrote a blog post and made a video about the three different German verbs that you might need when you want to say ‘to put’: Setzen, stellen oder legen – oh, I’ll just put it there! As that post was just about the translation for ‘to put’ it was okay, but … Read more

Angelika’s awesome online German courses

Welcome to Angelika’s online courses for German learners 😃 You are in the right place if you want to improve your German but don’t have the time or money for regular weekly lessons. Once you’ve bought a course it’s yours for as long as you wish (and that includes any updates). You watch the videos … Read more

What is the difference between ‘viel’ and ‘viele’?

The difference between viel and viele is the same as between much and many. You use viel for single nouns and uncountable things. You use viele for plural nouns and countable things. Examples: Viel Verkehr – much traffic Viele Autos – many cars Viel Gemüse – a lot of vegetables ( This example isn’t quite … Read more

German interjections

Do you know what interjections are? Interjections are words like oh, yes, no, well, ugh, oh well ….. An interjection is a part of speech that shows the emotion or feeling of the author. These words or phrases can stand alone or be placed before or after a sentence. Many times an interjection is followed … Read more

German adjective endings – an infographic

A while ago I wrote a blog post about using crib sheets When is cheating not cheating? – not the ones you would use in an exam, but sheets with useful information for German learners. I thought about it recently when some students of mine were doing some exercises about prepositions and also about adjective … Read more

Erschrecken, aufschrecken, abschrecken – should these verbs scare me?

If you check your dictionary for the German noun Schrecken, you’ll see that ‘der Schrecken’ means dread, horror, scare, fright etc… And if you have scared somebody in German (I mean, if you want to talk about it in German, the action would be the same as anywhere else ☺) you can use the phrase … Read more

HABEN & SEIN in different tenses, part 2

The two German verbs HABEN and SEIN are – just like ‘to have’ and ‘to be’ in English – irregular verbs. But they are also very important in all the other tenses, not just the present tense. A while ago I reminded you how to comjugate them in the present, perfect, imperfect, pluperfect tenses as … Read more

SS or ß? That’s another question!

Last week I told you when to write das or dass, and when you might still see daß: Das, dass or daß? That’s the question! Today’s post is a follow-up about when German words need the ‘ss’ or ‘ß’. Although ‘daß’ is now spelled ‘dass’, doesn’t mean that the ‘ß’ is obsolete. But the rules … Read more

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