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Previously, we wrote a short introduction to the peculiar world of Swiss German but today, we’ll focus more closely on what differentiates the Alemannic dialects (of which the language spoken in Switzerland is a part of) from the rest of the German-speaking world. Swiss German is so different from Standard German that when interviewed on […]

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Determining the right article and, thus, the gender of German nouns might be one of the most confusing aspects of this particular language. Sure, grammatical genders are definitely not an aspect of language unique to German but with this language, the three possibilities do seem to present extra challenges. While native Germans develop a certain […]

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As there are some similarities between English and German, it can be easy to make the rookie mistake of directly translating idiomatic expressions in the hope that they’ll make sense to your unsuspecting German friend. Some corkers that I’ve busted out in the past include “Hoch fünf!” (High five!) and “Es ist nicht vorbei bis […]

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Every language learner is different. Some people enjoy doing structured lessons in a classroom, some don’t. Luckily, in Berlin, there’s a wealth of options when it comes to working on your German. I’ve chosen five ways that will get you out of the traditional classroom setting, get you talking and, most importantly, let you have […]

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