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"wann" vs. "wenn"

wann oder wenn which one to use when

This is a source of frustration for so many German learners. "Wann" and "wenn" are too similar and as a result, lots of people mix them up. They both mean when, however when you use them is completely different.

Are you ready to learn which word to use when? And do you want to remember how to use it in the future?

Ja, super!

Fertig? Los geht’s!

Which “when” is “when”?

First you need to clearly differentiate the two words “wann” and “wenn.”

wann wenn
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Secret Benefit #3 to Learning German

Secret Benefit #3 to Learning German

Herzlich Willkommen zurück to “Secret Benefits to Learning German!”

This is the third and final installation in a three-part series on what I think are benefits to learning German that you might not have heard of or thought of yourself.

Up until now I’ve only shared these ideas with clients, so this is a look behind the curtain…and I think you'll like this one in particular.

Secret #3: Make More Money

Can learning a foreign language, specifically German, help you make more money?

This artic…

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Secret Benefit #2 to Learning German

Secret Benefit #2 to Learning German

Herzlich Willkommen zurück to “Secret Benefits to Learning German!”

This is the second installation in a three-part series on what I think are benefits to learning German that you might not have heard of or thought of yourself.

Up until now I’ve only shared these ideas with clients, so this is a look behind the curtain…

Secret #2: Learn to Plan.

There is no swaying my thoughts on this: I whole-heartedly believe that learning German can help you learn how to plan better.

This is a ripple-eff…

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Secret Benefit #1 to Learning German

Secret Benefit #1 to Learning German

Herzlich Willkommen to “Secret Benefits to Learning German!”

This is a three-part series on what I think are benefits to learning German that you might not have heard of or thought of yourself.

If you did your homework last week, you’ll have done a short brainstorm on 3-5 benefits to learning German that maybe aren’t the usual ideas. Some of those usual ideas are keeping your brain active, growing as a person when we step outside our comfort zones, or maybe you’ve learned how to see something …

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Vorschau: 3 Secret Benefits to Learning German

Vorschau 3 Secret Benefits to Learning German

Often people tout the benefits of learning another language in very valuable, albeit very general ways. Learning a foreign language helps us view things from another person's perspective. True.

Becoming familiar with another culture helps us grow as people when we step outside our comfort zone and try something new. Definitely true.

But could there be more benefits to learning a foreign language?

Something we might not have considered?

I wager that there are more benefits than these, and tha…

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Recap: German, the Language of Love

Recap German The Language of Love

Dienstag Abend war es so weit! Und es hat so viel Spaß gemacht.

Tuesday evening was it! And it was so fun!

This was the first Sprechseminar (speaking seminar) and it was a blast! If you're thinking about joining us for a future Sprechseminar, this will give you a behind-the-scenes look that I hope will inspire you to join us in the future.

First we talked about the vocab we already know for "die Liebe." Words like die Rose, Süßer, das Herz and schmusen came up.

Then we got to the Kosenamen, …

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3 Ways to Say You're in Love in German ♥

3 Ways to Say You're in Love in German

"Alte Liebe rostet nicht" say the Germans.

Old love doesn't rust.

Neither does new love!

So how do you say you're in love in German?

There's the classic, direct way:

Ich liebe dich.

Yeah, that's a good one.

And it's a big one.

If you don't want to jump in at the deep end of the pool, here are a few suggestions for you to talk about it.

There are a few standard ways of saying you're in love with someone as well as a couple of slang ways to say it.

If you're on the look-out for "like" ra…

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How to Royally Screw Up Your German Learning in 2018 - Final Check-In!

How Royally Screw Up German Learning Final Check-In

This year a bunch of you set a new goal for 2018 in terms of German learning. This is your final check-in. Juhu!

So go find that dusty goal sheet that you printed out and that got lost under another pile of papers...and let's get some perspective.

If you put in some time with German this year, I'd like you to stop and give yourself a pat on the back.

Yes, really. Just reach up your hand and pat yourself on the shoulder. Yep, just like that.

Whatever you did with German this year, I'm glad yo…

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How I Prepared for My Swiss Citizenship Interview

How I Prepared Swiss Citizenshpi Interview

This is an email that I received from a client this summer after she had her Swiss Citizenship Interview. In addition to practicing speaking in German, we spent several lessons discussing the Swiss governmental system and how to prepare mentally for such an exam. Our final lesson before her interview was a practice interview. Here’s what she had to say.

N.B. This email has been edited for privacy, clarity and formatting.

 


Hello Nicole!

I did make it through my German language test in Swit…

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How to Royally Screw Up Your German Learning in 2018 - Mid-Year Check-In!

How Royally Screw Up German Learning Mid-Year Check-In

Remember back in January, when I shows you how to Royally Screw Up Your German Learning this year?

This is your mid-year check-in.

So go find that dusty goal sheet that you printed out and that got lost under another pile of papers...

...and, if need be, get out your German book(s) and notebook. Find your folders, stuffed full of papers, and let's do an honest-and-yet compassionate assessment of where you are now.

You are entering a guilt-free, self-bullying free zone.

Whether you've been n…

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