Cognate verbs are fairly easy to remember! You will quickly expand your vocabulary if you keep these tips in mind when translating into German.
See how many flowers you can name in German next time you take a walk on a spring or summer day.
The words for 'certain' in German are gewiss, bestimmt, sicher resulting in different nuances in how these expressions are used. See more on how to express common expressions such as 'for sure' and when you can use the words gewiss, bestimmt, sicher interchangeably and when you can not:
Certain in German
Expressions of Doubt and Certainty
Happy Labour Day if you live in Europe! Erster Mai is a national holiday in Germany which doubles up as a 'welcoming spring day' as well in certain parts of the country. Read more about it...
Almost everyone has heard of the infamous "word" supercalifragilisticexpialidocious sung in the movie Mary Poppins. (In German by the way it is Superkalifragilistigexpialigetisch.) But what if Mary Poppins and her gang had to sing the longest German word instead? I suspect they would probably run out of breath and faint - especially with some German words being 80 letters long!! The rules for forming German compound words are thankfully not as long. Click on German compound words to find out more about this notorious trait of the German language. I promise you won't run out of breath.
Both wie and als are used when comparing items in a sentence, however there is one major difference. You may have heard phrases similar to the following in Germany:
Er ist grӧβer wie sein Vater.
Er ist grӧβer als sein Vater.
Only one is grammatically correct even though the other is sometimes uttered even by Germans!
See which one in Wie Versus Als.
Learn how to conjugate the verb vergessen plus some common expressions.
Here are a few German expressions that mention our furry friends and eggs - though none are related to Easter.