Es tut mir leid, I didn’t mean to be rude!

I wrote this blog post in 2011 for another website, which sadly doesn’t exist anymore. The post is still just as relevant today as it was then, so I am posting it here again: „So you’re German? They are always so rude!“ I’ve heard this comment a few times now and for a long time … Read more

Setzen, stellen oder legen – oh, I’ll just put it there!

A few years ago a student was talking in German about items on a table. He said:”Ich putze das Buch auf den Tisch und ich putze den Kuli…”  I was puzzled by the word ‘putzen’ as it means to dust or clean. Was he saying that he dusted the items? So I asked him and he was surprised … Read more

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