song: Haus am See by Peter Fox. And what the hell is a decoding?

song: Haus am See by Peter Fox. And what the hell is a decoding?

SONG. Today we proudly present you one of the best German musicians, Peter Fox, who is also known as a member of the German reggae and dancehall band Seeed. The lyrics of his hit single Haus am See (House by the Lake) show some very frequent German words in a not too poetic use and thus offer perfect language learning material. Enjoy the great music and learn some useful German at the same time.

Using amara, we added different subtitles to the original music video. Choose between a regular English translation ("English") and the option "German" which will display the German lyrics and a literal, word by word translation, a decoding.

You can also download and print out the...

sketch: Scheiße! How to swear in German.

sketch: Scheiße! How to swear in German.

SKETCH. Although we have many swear words to use when something bad happens, Scheiße! [shit!] is definitely used the most.

Learn how to use it yourself with this awesome sketch by German comedian Martina Hill who has her own show (Knallerfrauen) on Sat1, a German TV channel. We added ...

3 things you will love about German Grammar!

3 things you will love about German Grammar!

Did anyone ever tell you that German is incredibly difficult? First of all, we believe that with the right method you can learn any language easily. But actually, learning German is easier than you might think.

1. The incredible all-round present.

In German, you’re never doing anything, you just do it: There is no present progressive, there’s only one, simple present! And although there technically is a future form, it’s practically never used (except for some interesting exceptions). We just use the present as well! Yes: For the will future, the going-to future, for everything! So learning the German simple present is really useful and a rewarding experience for every German learner. Plus, you can also use it when you tell stories in the past. Not for facts like: “Yesterday I went shopping.”, but if you have a story to tell like: “You won’t believe that! Yesterday I went ...

How many words can I learn on one day?

How many words can I learn on one day?

A question many language learners ask themselves is how many words they can actually learn on every day. You don’t have be a crack at maths to see that only 5 would add up to an vocabulary of an incredible 1,825 words a year. (Studying your first foreign language at school, you will probably have gone at a pace of only 400 a year or less). So wow, 5 should be enough, right? But then you go like: what if I learned 5 more? Or ten more? Or thirty? Or fifty? Then I would speak like a native, right?

4 things to consider when you want to find your personal learning pace:

The number of words you know is...

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