German Language Study Guides & Tips
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Explaining Written Accents in German Despite German's often familiar feel, many beginning students of German are taken aback by some of those exotic accents. Even advanced students may be puzzled over the finer points of when to use which notation! This article clarifies.
Learning German: How to Use Prepositions Learn basic German prepositions and how to use them in the accusative, dative and genitive case, as well as "two way" situations. Also includes notes on idiom and translation of German prepositions.
Learn German Free Online: Get Off to a Running Start with German Steps Do you need to learn some German fast? How about learning it online for free? The BBC's German Steps course takes you through the basics of German—the vocabulary and phrases you will need most frequently during a visit to Germany—over the course of six units. Videos and games make the learning fun!
Using Prepositions in German: The Accusative Case German prepositions that require the use of the accusative case describe where something is or where it's going. In this article, you can learn the commonly used German prepositions which take the accusative case and how to use them correctly around town.
Writing Sweet German Love Letters and Phrases: Liebesbriefe Learning how to pen German love letters and phrases endears the author to the object of his or her desires. While sample love letters abound online, keep in mind that there are some staple phrases without which a German love letter simply would be incomplete. Do you know what they are?
German Alphabet Letters for Writers German alphabet letters are the building blocks for all written communications. Known in German simple as the ‘ABC,’ the English-speaking writer will do well to study their inner workings before sitting down to compose letters or emails. Read on for must-have charts and information.
Tips on Eliminating False Friends in German False friends denote words that look the same in both German and English, but carry radically different meanings. Dissimilar from false cognates, false friends may lead to embarrassment, misunderstandings or sudden mirth. Learn how to eliminate them.
Writing and Understanding the Subjunctive I in German What we normally consider the "subjunctive" mood in German is covered by the Subjunctive II (Konjunktiv II). Subjunctive I has to do with indirect speech, or when you are relating things that other people have said.