False Friends - Part Two Did you love our post last week about false friends in German and English! Then just for you, here's part two. If you missed out, find part one here! And in case you need a little catching up as to what false friends are, they're words in languages that look the same, but have different meanings. If you're looking to expand your language knowledge, here are six more English/German false friends and their meanings! Wonder / sich wundern Do you wonder about differences between German and English? Could it be the difference between wonder [...]
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False Friends - Not Just People One of the most confusing things when you're learning a new language is a false friend. No, they're not people who only pretend to be your friend. “False friends” refers to words in two languages that look similar, but have different meanings. Here you'll find some of the most pesky English/German false friends and their meanings. Read on and improve your skills (in both languages)! Become/ bekommen Become and bekommen are two of the most easily confused words between German and English. Become (or werden in German) means to start to be something, while bekommen means to receive or get something. Let's all become a little better [...]
It might sound slightly offensive, but when learning English, or any new language for that matter, the best thing to do is to "keep it simple, stupid." This is a theory that can be applied to all manner of things in life, but especially when it comes to learning languages. Here are some of the top tricks to help you learn this fantastic, but complicated, language. Practice makes perfect This one is old hat, pretty much, but useful! Practice in any way you can, and your English is bound to improve. Talk to yourself in English. Find friends who also [...]
Learning idioms is a great way to gain fluency when you're studying a language. Idioms are short phrases (combinations of words) that probably don't make sense on their own, but the whole phrase together provides (gives) greater meaning. Idioms are usually unique to (special to) a language, and are used often by native speakers. If you want to become fluent in a language, learning idioms is essential (necessary). With that in mind, there are several English idioms you should learn if you want to be fluent. If you loved last week's post on English idioms and were eager to know [...]
Idioms are one of the best indicators (gauge, signs) of your path to fluency in a language. It can be extremely (very) confusing when you hear an idiom for the first time, as the words seem (look like) to have nothing to do with each other at all. However, there are many English idioms you should know, because we use them all the time! Don't get stuck in language limbo (an intermediate state)! Here are 7 common English idioms you should know that you may hear in the boardroom or on the street: Bite the bullet Don't worry, this doesn't [...]
One of the biggest stereotypes (standard ideas about) that Americans have about Germans is that they're very direct. And I've gotta (I have to) say, since I moved to Germany, German directness has become one of my favorite things about Germans. I think that many Americans are so used to beating around the bush (talking around a topic) and hiding behind politeness, that true directness can be seen as rude (unfriendly, not polite). But there is definitely a case (reason) for being direct and saying what you think. Here's why I love German directness, and why Americans should start taking [...]
While having some English conversation starters on hand (ready for use) in the grocery store may seem like something unimportant, in reality it's a great skill to be learned…and one that should be practiced. You see, when working with Americans (at least), it's not only important that we can work with you, but that we can pass the time (hang out, talk) with you. We're interested in you and your life, and we show that through small talk. Here are some great ways you can start talking to anyone! Do You Have Anything Planned Tonight? This is super (very) common [...]