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Herzlichen Glückwunsch Jessica!

Taking a German proficiency test, like the ones offered at the Goethe Institute, is a big deal. I've helped several clients prepare for their tests and I'm so excited to tell you that another client has taken and passed the B1 test!

Juhu! Hurra!

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"wann" vs. "wenn"

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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.”...

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Secret Benefit #3 to Learning German

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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...

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Secret Benefit #2 to Learning German

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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...

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Secret Benefit #1 to Learning German

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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...

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Vorschau: 3 Secret Benefits to Learning German

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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 that...

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Will You Join the German Klub?

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Are you like a lot of readers here who have said things like this?

I've tried all these apps, but I just can't get anywhere.

That software was really expensive, but I just don't understand it.

or maybe the worst...

I've taken 2 semesters of German but I can't speak it at all.

To me this is utterly unacceptable. You can't learn a foreign language by reading the same words off a screen over and over again. You'll never understand the grammar without a sufficient explanation AND actually...

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Recap: German, the Language of Love

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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...

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Heute Abend: heiße Liebe

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You won't hear this language in your regular German class.

Tonight ONLY, attend German: The Language of Love and learn how German has its own, wonderful ways of expressing love.

I'm putting in a few pet names you definitely won't hear in other German courses. This is the real stuff.

You will learn pet names that Germans use for their spouses, their partners, and even their kids.

You'll learn a couple of different ways to say "I love you" because there is more than one way in German.

And...

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

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"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? Germans don't fall in love. (Because who wants to fall, anyway?! Ouch.)

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

If you're not quite ready for die Liebe, no worries--check out #3 below for some "like" language. ;-)

1. Use a reflexive verb (standard German):

  • Ich habe mich verliebt.
    • I've...

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