Jein = ja + nein
"Jein" is definitely one of the best words in the German language.
It's one word for both yes and no.
ja + nein = jein
Knowing the word "jein" in German opens up a whole new world for German learners and their eyes get really big and their ears perk the first time they hear the word.
"Jein" also has several uses; for starters, "jein" allows you to give two simultaneous answers to one question: ja und nein - yes and no.
This is perfect for difficult answers.
When it's impossible to give a simple answer…
"zu Hause" vs. "nach Hause"
The difference between "zu Hause" vs. "nach Hause" easily trips up German learners, but it doesn't have to trip you up if you use the tips below.
1. "zu Hause" = (at) home
"zu" is usually used as a preposition, so it would stand by itself and you might think that "zu Hause" means "to home."
This is an exception.
When you say "zu Hause," you're really using it as one block of language.
Think of the sentence "Ich bin zu Hause" and picture it like three wooden blocks:
[Ich] [bin] [zu Hause].
5 Top Tips to Help You Speak German More Easily
Erfolg hat drei Buchstaben: t u n !
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Success has two letters: do!
To be successful at speaking German, you need to speak, and trying to speak without any form or specific goal makes it more difficult. It’s important to give yourself a specific task or framework for speaking.
Most people simply try to talk about everything all the time. That won't help you. Why? Because you know a TON of English/whatever your native language is, however in a foreign language …
7 German Words for Spring Cleaning
Der Frühlingsputz ist ein Muss.
Spring cleaning is a 'must.'
It's not always a lot of fun, however it could be more interesting if you learn the German words for what you do.
Here are 7 words and phrases (including 6 verbs!) to help you learn German as you do your Frühlingsputz.
You can download the vocabulary card and print it out.
You could even use it as a checklist for your Spring cleaning.
If you like to do parts of your Spring cleaning over a couple of weekends, you could even write …
11 German Words for Holy Week and Easter (Karwoche und Ostern)
Christian Holidays are often public holidays in Germany, so these are good words to know whether you're non-religious, atheist, agnostic, or religious.
The schedule carries over into school and school breaks, too. One of my clients is currently on Osterferien, Easter Holidays, and doesn't have school this week or next.
This week is Karwoche, or Holy Week, and in a non-pandemic year there would be much singing of the Bach Passions: the Matthäus-Passion (St. Matthew Passion), the Johannes-Passion (S…
Regular and Irregular German Verbs: What's the Difference?
Almost all of the people who sign up for private German lessons have already run into German verbs and their conjugations.
When we get to the Perfekt (the present perfect or spoken past tense), it's always interesting to hear what they think of it so far.
Here are a few of the top questions people have asked me about learning the Perfekt:
Are these regular or irregular verbs?
What's the difference between them?
What's the pattern for these verbs? And for these verbs? And for these? Why are these…
How to Give a German Learner a Seat in "die gute Stube"
The email delivery on this gift is so fast.
Trying to send gifts this year is a challenge. We can be really grateful for all the fantastic people working hard to get our packages to their destinations, that's for sure.
Sometimes sending them is a different story, however. Yesterday I stopped at the Post Office to send off a package and as soon as I approached the door I realized it wasn't the best time. It was 11 a.m. and the line (physically distanced, of course) was all the way to the front …
5 A2 German Story Books for German Learners
Finding interesting story books for A2 German learning doesn't have to be a chore - here you can read the research I've done for you and simply purchase the books and have them delivered.
Some books are available in digital versions, which does save space, however there are distinct advantages to having a physical book, from less screen time to easily writing notes on the page.
The most important part, however, is having reading material that is at your current level of German (these are all A…
Take this Relaxing Video Trip to Bavaria
Wenn man nicht reisen kann, egal ob man zu wenig Geld hat oder es eine Pandemie gibt, kann man immer das Internet benutzen, um eine virtuelle Reise zu machen.
Es kostet nichts und man kann die gleiche Reise immer wieder machen.
Diese Woche gibt es eine Videoreise nach Bayern. Sie können verschiedene Seen sehen, eine Wiese, verschiedene Städte und vieles mehr.
Kommen Sie für 4 Minuten, 30 Sekunden mit nach Bayern.
When the time isn't right to travel, no matter if it's because money is tight or there…
What are the Six Levels of Learning German?
If you've seen the combinations A1, B2 or C1 on your German books but you don't know or understand what they mean, this post is for you!
There are six total combinations of letters and numbers: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. These are simply guidelines for figuring out where you are in the German learning process.
The name for this straightforward scale is the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or the CEFR.
Why the CEFR is so helpful
This scale is so clear, so helpful for Germa…