German Dictation Exercise: Small Talk

  This exercise develops all 4 language skills in an integrative way Listening: as the passage is dictated for students to transcribe Writing: when students write down the dictated material Reading: as a follow-up students read the passage silently to check for mistakes Speaking: when the passage is read loudly to practice pronunciation    

This Trick Will Make Your German Sound More Native

  When speaking German, whenever the situation allows, use “I was in“ rather than “I went to“. It’s not a mistake to say “I went to”, but it’s a translation from English and German native speakers would prefer the simpler “I was in”. Let’s have a look at an example to understand what I’m talking […]

How to Correctly Use “ago” in German

This interesting concept exists both in English and in German but it is applied differently. This often leads to confusion among German learners. The German translation of ago is “vor”. The difference is that in English, ago is placed after the time indication and in German, “vor” is placed before the time indication. Let’s have […]

An Important Difference Between German and English

Many people say that English is a very easy language and German is so difficult. I do agree that the gender and case system in German makes the language more difficult than English, but when it comes to verb tenses, I think German is pretty simple. Let’s take a look at the verb “to go”: […]

Even Advanced Learners Make This Mistake

  In this article I’d like to talk about a mistake that I hear every day, even from advanced speakers. I think it’s quite easy to avoid this mistake, you just have to be aware of it, and it makes a big difference. But first, let’s have a look at the word order in a […]