German Language


The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”
„Die Grenzen meiner Sprache bedeuten die Grenzen meiner Welt.“
– Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1922)

VOCABULARY! See our new annotated glossaries below!


“Deutschland 83” set a precedent: It was the first German television series to be broadcast on American TV – in German with English subtitles. The SundanceTV channel broadcast eight episodes of this show about East and West Germany in 1983 during the summer of 2015. Filmed in and around Berlin, the show was a co-production of AMC Networks’ SundanceTV and RTL Television in Germany. It was highly praised by both critics and viewers. PHOTO: SundanceTV

The German Language
Here are some of the articles, glossaries, and blog posts here at The German Way related to learning, using, and enjoying German.

Helpful, everyday vocabulary arranged in topical glossaries.

NEW! Autokauf: German-English Glossary
Related to our Autokauf: Buying a Car in Germany guide, this German-English glossary helps you with the German terms that may come up in the process of buying or leasing a car in Germany.

Easter: German-English Vocabulary
Our annotated glossaries – German-English and English-German – for Easter (Ostern) and springtime (Frühling).

Walpurgis: English-German Vocabulary
Our new annotated glossary for the German Walpurgis Night (Beltane) custom on April 30.

Das Wort des Tages
The Advanced German Word of the Day (das Wort des Tages) is back! Since we closed down our site, people tell us they have missed the “Wort des Tages” vocabulary feature – with audio. It won’t be daily, but we feature advanced German word archives with an index of past vocabulary. More…

Christmas Carols in German and English
Popular German and Austrian carols with side-by-side lyrics in German and English.

Blogs about the German Language
GW Expat Blog posts listed under the “German language” category.

Blogs about German Vocabulary
GW Expat Blog posts with a “German vocabulary” tag. Two examples: How I Became Fluent in German Fast and When a Brötchen is a Bömmel ….

German Dialects
The regional versions of German. Often you’ll hear German you never learned in school.

Du and Sie
“You” in German can be a little tricky: the familiar versus the formal “you” – friends, family and acquaintances.

Holidays and Celebrations
A calendar of special days in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Language Borrowing in German and English
German in English and English in German, not to mention French and Latin borrowings.


Below you’ll find a list of useful websites, organizations, and other helpful resources that can help you in your efforts to learn how to read, understand, speak, and write German.

BBC – German Lessons
From the BBC: “All you need to start learning German.”

German @
Many of my German lessons and materials are still online at (I was at until 2008.)

Goethe Institute
The Goethe Institute (GI) is a worldwide resource with online resources and German lessons offered at local GI offices around the globe, including in the US and Canada. Also in English.

Humboldt American Press
Publisher of books for learning and enjoying German, plus books related to German-American culture.

Step into German
An outstanding online course from the Goethe Institute in San Francisco.

Next | Language Borrowing in German and English

Video: Die Prinzen – “Be cool, speak Deutsch”
A music video by the German group “Die Prinzen” (The Princes).

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