As a German speaker/learner or culture enthusiast living in London like me, you’ve probably asked yourself: where are all the German treats (oh beer and Bratwurst!) in London? Here is a list of personal favourites that I am delighted to share with you. This list is regularly updated so please check back to see the […]
Small Evening and Weekend German Group Classes in the City of London German language courses for beginners (level A1.1 and A1.2) and elementary learners (level A2.1) If you’d like to learn German effectively and in a small group setting (up to 4 learners), our small German group classes might be the best option for […]
If it’s taking you a while to learn a verb, and/or if you find it hard to recognise the infinitive from the conjugated form, chances are you are dealing with irregular verbs. In German, irregular verbs are characterised by at times unpredictable stem-vowel changes, *particularly* in the past tenses. Though we may not see […]
(Die) Niederschlagswahrscheinlichkeit = (the) likelihood/probability of rain ???⛈ …. in London is currently 0%. Here’s hoping for a dry and sunny ☀️?? bank holiday.
Although they sound and look similar, these two words differ significantly in meaning…. they are appropriately called false friends or falsche Freunde in German. Eventuell means perhaps, maybe (synonyms: vielleicht, möglicherweise) as in “Wir hören uns eventuell später noch einmal” and so has nothing to do with the English adverb eventually.
Grammar in German has the reputation for being difficult. We simply disagree. Learning grammar is of course challenging, but also very rewarding, and can be really fun! For all German learners out there, especially at beginner level, here are some notes on the usage of the helping verbs “sein” and “haben” in the present […]
Ge – schwin – dig – keits – be – gren – zung (what a mouthful!). Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung (die/feminine, as are all German nouns that end with –ung). Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung is a seven-syllable German noun which equals the English word speed limit. This word seems particularly long as it is made up of two individual words […]
Weihnachtsbaumschmuckausstattungsspezialgeschäft, or Christmas tree decorations specialist shop With that we’d like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! FROHE WEIHNACHTEN UND EINEN GUTEN RUTSCH INS NEU JAHR (literally: a good slide into the new year)!
Freikörperkultur (FKK) Free body culture Freikörperkultur is a German movement advocating the dissociation of a naked body with sexuality and therefore endorses a more naturistic view. FKK is all about embracing the experience of nakedness. The history of FKK goes a long way back. The first naked beach was set up in Germany in 1920. FKK is still ‘practiced’ […]
…….. Rechtschreibfrieden Like many other German words, this word consists of two nouns, which are Rechtschreibung (spelling or orthography) and Frieden (best understood as peace). Rechtschreibfrieden can be read as something along the lines of ‘the freedom to spell’ (the term is not currently listed in any dictionary). In 1996, the governments of Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland […]