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Translating German in Miami

This weekend I drove four hours from my home in Orlando to Miami. Miami! Was I there to visit its beautiful world-famous beach? Eat a medianoche at a Cuban sandwich place? Go dancing with models at a trendy nightclub? Nope. I was there to take a translation test. (Womp-wompppp) After a couple years of studying…

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Seven Songs to Learn German With

Listening to music is a staple of my language learning. You get to hear authentic language, you get insight into a country’s culture and mindset, and music has been shown to help people retain language better. But really, the best reason to listen to music is that it’s fun. Here are seven good songs to…

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Project Wrap Up – Understanding News

Six weeks ago I started a project: Understand the news better. Was I able to overcome the challenge of comprehending stories that spanned diverse topics, contained specialized vocabulary, were written for advanced readers, and often covered depressing subject matter?   The answer: Yes! The project was a success! Highlights of the Process I studied in…

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Easy German News – 7 Sources

You’ve been learning German for a while. Now you want to read newspapers and watch news broadcasts. But whenever you try to do that, you can’t understand much of anything. Don’t give up! There’s German news out there that’s relatively simple and that can help you get started understanding media. Here are seven sources to…

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Rhabarberbarbara Translation – A German Tongue Twister

On Twitter, user Anagrama directed my attention to a fun video: Rhabarberbarbara. (Video and translation below.) The name of the video means “Rhubarb Barbara,” and it’s apparently a take on an old German tongue-twister. One of the interesting features of the German language is its insistence on mashing words together to make one long word.…

From a couple years ago. I look at this picture and reminisce about all the hair I had back then.

Seven Things I Miss About Germany

Okay, so in my last article I talked about things I missed about the US while I lived abroad in Europe. I tried to keep it light, and I also wanted to be honest. Living away from home can be exhausting, even if you’re in a nice place. Well, now that I’m back in the…

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How to Pass the German A1 Test

***(UPDATE: Due to the popularity of this article, I wrote a book to help test takers do as well as possible: Ace the German A1 Test. You can read about it here, or go straight to the Amazon page via this link: Ace the German A1 Test. For now, the book is priced at $2.99…

Why Learn German? 10 Reasons to Learn Deutsch

Thinking about learning German? You should! Here are ten reasons why you should learn German. 1. Lots of people to talk to There are 100 million native German speakers, and 80 million people speak German as a second language. It’s spoken throughout a good chunk of Europe, notably Germany and Austria. (German is also spoken…