‘I speak Spanish to God, French to men, Italian to women and German to my horse’, a somewhat biased quote from Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor a.k.a. Spain’s Carlos I. ‘German’ can in fact be fun.
Denglisch and Germany's War of Words
It is a popular, even trendy, German English language mixture,but "Denglisch", has a few powerful opponents, and some of the most commonly used words and phrases have been banned for use in many official offices and documents.
Denglisch, Germany's Mix of Deutsche and English
Mother-tongue speakers are usually extremely loyal to their national language, and Germany is no exception, however recently Anglicism's have been adopted with an amazing lack of restraint bringing about the rise of "Denglisch".
Deutsch Interaktiv [offsite link]
A new dimension of learning! The free interactive online German course with Deutsche Welle, Germany´s International Broadcaster, is ideal for both beginners and those who have some previous knowledge of German.
dict.cc - English-German Dictionary [offsite link]
An excellent, easy to use, English-German-English dictionary with a vocabulary database which can be downloaded and used for free.
If you´d like to look up words while browsing the web, just install dict.cc´s toolbar, which is also free.
Questions related to the German or English language can be asked and answered using the translation forum, and there is also a vocabulary trainer.
German and Mark Twain
"The Awful German Language" is an essay written by Mark Twain after a stay in "The Land of Poets and Thinkers", where the language can be almost as complicated as its reputation. But a sense of humor helped when he tried to learn it, making the process if not easier then at least fun.
German Words Used in English
Where did that word originate? You might be surprised. "Gemuetlich" and "Kindergarten" are at home in English and German, as are many other words which traveled from Germany to international worlds of business, science, technology, history and culture, and there absorbed into English.
Goethe Institute [offsite link]
This website will tell you where to find the nearest Goethe Institute, and what they can offer you.
Learning German as a Second Language (DAF) [offsite link]
In German so it needs some basic knowledge of the language, this site can help to improve your German as a second language skills online.
LEO German English Online Dictionary
You need a German English Dictionary “right now” but there isn’t one around, or perhaps you would like an resource for future reference. LEO Deutsch-Englisch Online Wörtenbuch offers that and much more, including a great many interesting, and informative, “Germany and German life” links to explore.
Streetwise German - German Idioms
'Alles in gruenen Bereich' - Everything in the green area, means 'Everything is under control', not that there's an area in varied shades of green. Heard every day in Germany it is one of many commonly used German expressions that sound bizarre, are fun to know, and have shaped the language.
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