Author: Evelyn Johnson
Being both bilingual and a translator (German to English) with a ‘working knowledge’ of Spanish and French, I have a natural curiosity about what happens to our brain when we constantly switch back and forth between languages. Sometimes it feels quite frustrating, like I am ‘blocked’, not being able to remember words in either language. At other times it can feel quite liberating, like an expansion of mental ‘playground space’.
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“Die 13 ½ Leben des Käpt’n Blaubär” is a great book for fantasy fans who don’t love elves and wizards. Find out why it’s great for learners of German.
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“Am kürzeren Ende der Sonnenallee” and its companion movie “Sonnenallee” offer a great way to start reading German unassisted.
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“Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod” is a satirical book about German grammar, written for Germans. If your German is already advanced, you’ll learn a lot, too.
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Stuck for words yet again? Find out how learning foreign words works in the brain, and how you can spice up and improve your vocabulary learning strategy.
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After countless hours learning German, you finally go to Germany. You’re excited to use the language, but then everyone speaks English with you. Here are a few tips to get some practice.
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It can be hard to get to know Germans on a social basis, but hobbies, sports and music-making can be a great way to make friends.
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It’s best to learn German vocabulary in an authentic context. Our new app vobot helps you do that – and only with the words you really want to learn.
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