Language

Have you ever learnt two languages at once?

This is the first time I've done this kind of blog, in that it's an open question to all of you who read. I'm not sure I've mentioned it in a previous post, but I'm learning Spanish. I'm about level B1 and go to a weekly two-hour course. I started properly learning in September 2013.… Continue reading Have you ever learnt two languages at once?

German, Language

7 Useful German Words that English doesn’t have

We all know German does nice, big, long words. Sometimes those words don't actually exist in English, in that there's no way to translate a German word into one English word - often you have to say a whole English sentence just to translate one German word. Over the years I've noticed there are words… Continue reading 7 Useful German Words that English doesn’t have

German, Language

Genders in German: A small rant

This is definitely a post for the language lovers out there. We're very lucky in English to not have genders for words. Whenever I ask Germans what they find easy about English, 9 times out of 10 I'm told it's because you don't need to worry about remembering what gender words have. In German, you… Continue reading Genders in German: A small rant

Deutsch, english, German, Language

10 Food Idioms in English

I write a lot about the German language in my blog, but whilst reading an article the other day and seeing the phrase "He was egged on", it occurred to me how much fun the English language can be, too. To a non-native, you might look at the egg-sentence and wonder what the hell happened… Continue reading 10 Food Idioms in English

Language

Funny Things Germans Say In English

I do try to speak as much German as possible here in Germany, and I'd probably say I speak German more than I do English. Sometimes, however, I either get lazy or a German wants to practise their English with me. The level of English I hear is varied - some Germans have perfect American… Continue reading Funny Things Germans Say In English

Deutsch, Language

“You’ve got a pickle on your face”: Some common false friends in German

False friends. Aren't they fun? They either make you sound daft when you're speaking (in this case) German, or make Germans sound daft when they're speaking English. In this post, I'm going to tell you some simple and common false friends which you may come across and may lead you to confusion. Smoking Translation: tuxedo This… Continue reading “You’ve got a pickle on your face”: Some common false friends in German

Language

I beg your pardon?: German words that sound a little bit rude in English

When I started learning German back in 2003, I came across some words that, as the 11-year-old that I was, I couldn't help laugh at. Sometimes, 13 years later, those words still get me. Let's start with a nice, calm one. The word for 'shower' is Dusche. Pronounced just like the word 'douche', but with… Continue reading I beg your pardon?: German words that sound a little bit rude in English

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Deutsch, Language

German: The aggressive language

If you can't speak German, there's a chance you might think of it as an aggressive language. You may think it sounds aggressive because you make links to certain people from the past, but, funnily enough, no, it's not an aggressive language. You could easily make English sound aggressive, for example - it just depends… Continue reading German: The aggressive language

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Language

Fun German words: From “Belly speakers” to “sitting giants”

If you're up-to-date with my blog, you'll know I love the German language (kind of helps when you're living in Germany, I guess). Throughout my day-to-day life I come across wonderful words and phrases that sometimes throw me off in a conversation, or just make me laugh a little too much. Being the geek that… Continue reading Fun German words: From “Belly speakers” to “sitting giants”

Language

“Musician bones” and “muscle hangovers”: Fun ways to say stuff about the body in German

To start off this post, I think it's worth saying a little thank you to the Facebook page "Learn useless German" for sharing one of my language-related blogs - much appreciated! Anyway, in the meantime I've been writing down funny words and phrases I've been learning (or reminded about), and I noticed a trend with certain… Continue reading “Musician bones” and “muscle hangovers”: Fun ways to say stuff about the body in German