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Do You Speak German? How to Ask & Answer This Common Question

When you first start learning German, one of the early questions you may hear, or want to ask is ‘do you speak German?’ In fact, it’s such a common question it’s worth learning how ask and answer this question as a set phrase. One occasion I was waiting in a hotel lobby, when a local…

Sie or Du in German: When to Use Formal & Informal German

Sie or Du in German: When to Use Formal & Informal German

When you first start learning German, it won’t be long before you realise that unlike English, there are 2 words for ‘you’ in German: Sie and du. This can be a totally baffling concept for English speakers, but it’s a very important part of the German language and culture. After reading this post you’ll know:…

Das vs Dass in German: Differences & How to Use in Sentences

Das vs Dass in German: Differences & How to Use in Sentences

Das and dass are two little German words which can cause a lot of confusion among German learners. Although they look similar and sound the same, they are used in completely different grammatical ways. While das is used as a definite article and relative pronoun for neuter nouns, dass is a subordinating conjunction used to…