“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!
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.
ANNOTATED ENGLISH-GERMAN/GERMAN-ENGLISH GLOSSARIES
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.
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 AboutGerman.net 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.
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.
RESOURCES for LEARNING GERMAN
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 @ About.com
Many of my German lessons and materials are still online at About.com. (I was at About.com until 2008.)
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.
Video: Die Prinzen – “Be cool, speak Deutsch”
A music video by the German group “Die Prinzen” (The Princes).
AT THE GERMAN WAY
- The German Language – Part 2 – The umlaut, German slang, idioms, etc.
- Das Wort des Tages – Advanced and intermediate German vocabulary with audio
- Language Borrowing in German and English – German in English and English in German, plus French and Latin!
- Featured Bios of notable Austrians, Germans and Swiss
- Notable Germans, Austrians and Swiss
- Famous Graves – The graves and cemeteries of the famous
- City Guides: Germany – Guides for Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt, Munich…
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