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Best Dictionaries per Benny Lewis:

DWDS A monolingual German dictionary that goes into great detail for each word, including incredible context tabs and etymology. Das Digitale Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

Duden online As above, also gives tonnes of info for each word

Dictionary LEO You can search directly between German and English/Spanish/French/Italian/Polish/Russian/Portuguese/Chinese, and many translations are offered.

Deutsch-Englisch-Wörterbuch Another fantastic choice for a bilingual German dictionary.

PONS Online-Wörterbuch Yet another great alternative, that also has a tonne of combinations other than German-English. Note that you can use this as a great dictionary for Norwegian and other languages, as long as you use it through German.

BeoLingus more than three million translations with examples and hints, explanations, synonyms, sayings, aphorisms, and quotations in English and German. Browse lists for special topics. Listen to German and English pronunciations spoken by native speakers. Has section on grammar, and another on vocabulary training.


With exemplary sentences also synonyms

Reverso Dictionary best; has audio for pronunciation, and many sentences


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The IYSSE’s campaign against war and historical falsification at Humboldt University By Andre Damon and Jesse Olsen 13 January 2015.. great video in German with English subtitles.

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German Months From Latin

German Language Deutsch is a West Germanic language that derives most of its vocabulary from the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. Several German words are derived from Latin and Greek, and fewer are borrowed from French and English. Widely spoken languages which are most similar to German include Luxembourgish, Dutch, English, the Frisian languages, and the Scandinavian languages.

Omniglot: German The earliest known examples of written German date from the 8th century AD and consist of fragments of an epic poem, the Song of Hildebrand, magical charms and German glosses in Latin manuscripts. A short Latin-German dictionary, the Abrogans, was written during the 760s.

All About the German Language And there are some other facts about German you might be interested in knowing. In no particular order, here are some of the numbers about German:

German is the most widely spoken native language in the EU.
Germany boasts a 99% literacy rate.
German belongs to the three most learned languages in the world as well as the ten most widely spoken languages in the world.
German is among the top five most widely used languages on the Internet.
One fourth of the tourists in the U.S. are German speaking.
Germany is the second most popular European destination for American tourists.
German is the official language in seven countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, as well as parts of Italy and Belgium).
German is spoken by over 100 million people world-wide.
With 22 %, German-Americans represent the largest ethnic group in America today (according to the 1990 Census). Some prominent examples include Albert Einstein, Levi Strauss, Henry Kissinger, and Werner von Braun.

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About German One of the many clichés about Germany and the Germans says that they act in a not very friendly or even rude manner towards strangers. You might get that impression when you first come to Germany and try to get to know somebody else on a train, a bar or at work. Especially as an American, you might be used to get in contact with strangers really quickly. In Germany you probably won't. And it is a scientifically proven fact that German people simply ''t chat in public places when they ''t know each other.

But what is often interpreted as rude manners, is more like a basic inability of Germans to small talk - they simply are not used to it. FOR MOST GERMANS, SMALL TALK IS A WASTE OF TIME.

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German Language Facts Standard German is known today simply as "Hochdeutsch" (High German), and this is used almost always for written German. Books and newspapers are printed in standard German. "Hochdeutsch" is spoken by educated speakers everywhere. However, regional variants exist in the spoken language owing largely to the influence of the old dialects, although the dialects themselves are falling out of use.

Traditionally German was written in a Gothic style known as Fraktur, which dates from the fourteenth century. However, from 1945 onwards, the Roman characters used throughout the rest of Europe superseded Fraktur.

German Humor The Brits often assume that Germans have no sense of humour. In truth, writes comedian Stewart Lee, it's a language problem. The peculiarities of German sentence construction simply rule out the lazy set-ups that British comics rely on...

Our attitude to the Germans and their supposed lack of a sense of humour is best understood through the example of the joke known to comedy professionals such as myself as The German Child. It goes like this. An English couple have a child. After the birth, medical tests reveal that the child is normal, apart from the fact that it is German. This, however, should not be a problem. There is nothing to worry about. As the child grows older, it dresses in lederhosen and has a pudding bowl haircut, but all its basic functions develop normally. It can walk, eat, sleep, read and so on, but for some reason the German child never speaks. The concerned parents take it to the doctor, who reassures them that as the German child is perfectly developed in all other areas, there is nothing to worry about and that he is sure the speech faculty will eventually blossom. Years pass. The German child enters its teens, and still it is not speaking, though in all other respects it is fully functional. The German child's mother is especially distressed by this, but attempts to conceal her sadness. One day she makes the German child, who is now 17 years old and still silent, a bowl of tomato soup, and takes it through to him in the parlour where he is listening to a wind-up gramophone record player. Soon, the German child appears in the kitchen and suddenly declares, "Mother. This soup is a little tepid." The German child's mother is astonished. "All these years," she exclaims, "we assumed you could not speak. And yet all along it appears you could. Why? Why did you never say anything before?" "Because, mother," answers the German child, "up until now, everything has been satisfactory."

The implication of this fabulous joke is that the Germans are ruthlessly rational, and this assumption leaves us little room to imagine them finding time to be playful. But be assured, the German sense of humour not only exists, it actually flourishes, albeit in a form we are ill-equipped to recognise.

Does Your Language Shape How You Think? Seventy years ago, in 1940, a popular science magazine published a short article that set in motion one of the trendiest intellectual fads of the 20th century. At first glance, there seemed little about the article to augur its subsequent celebrity. Neither the title, “Science and Linguistics,” nor the magazine, M.I.T.’s Technology Review, was most people’s idea of glamour. And the author, a chemical engineer who worked for an insurance company and moonlighted as an anthropology lecturer at Yale University, was an unlikely candidate for international superstardom. And yet Benjamin Lee Whorf let loose an alluring idea about language’s power over the mind, and his stirring prose seduced a whole generation into believing that our mother tongue restricts what we are able to think.

In particular, Whorf announced, Native American languages impose on their speakers a picture of reality that is totally different from ours, so their speakers would simply not be able to understand some of our most basic concepts, like the flow of time or the distinction between objects (like “stone”) and actions (like “fall”). For decades, Whorf’s theory dazzled both academics and the general public alike. In his shadow, others made a whole range of imaginative claims about the supposed power of language, from the assertion that Native American languages instill in their speakers an intuitive understanding of Einstein’s concept of time as a fourth dimension to the theory that the nature of the Jewish religion was determined by the tense system of ancient Hebrew.

Eventually, Whorf’s theory crash-landed on hard facts and solid common sense, when it transpired that there had never actually been any evidence to support his fantastic claims. The reaction was so severe that for decades, any attempts to explore the influence of the mother tongue on our thoughts were relegated to the loony fringes of disrepute. But 70 years on, it is surely time to put the trauma of Whorf behind us. And in the last few years, new research has revealed that when we learn our mother tongue, we do after all acquire certain habits of thought that shape our experience in significant and often surprising ways...

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Have you ever wondered “Why learn a foreign language?” LANGUAGES HELP YOU CONNECT WITH A CULTURE--language and culture are intertwined. By studying a language you gain a deeper understandings of a culture and it’s people. words which ''t exist in my language, make friends all over the world, have the pleasure of cursing in other languages...

YOU HAVE A LOVE FOR LANGUAGES AND AN URGE TO STUDY THEM--For a lot of you, your studies are motivated by a deep love for learning languages. You just enjoy the whole process of studying and learning how other people communicate... Life is too short to speak one language.


STUDYING A LANGUAGE HELPS YOU CONNECT WITH FAMILY AND RELATIVES--Some of you have a pretty diverse background! And naturally, with family members or ancestors from all over the world, the desire to know where you come from can create a strong impulse to study their language. It’s a great way to better understand your cultural roots.

LANGUAGE LEARNING HELPS YOU MAKE FRIENDS--The best way to learn to speak a language is to just speak the language and naturally you need native speakers to help with that. Learning a language and meeting people who speak that language are two things that go hand-in-hand.

LANGUAGES MAKE TRAVELING THE WORLD AND LIVING ABROAD MORE PLEASURABLE--Exploring the world and it’s cultures is the whole reason I study languages in the first place.

STUDYING LANGUAGES CAN EXERCISE YOUR BRAIN--Besides the many benefits listed in that post, such as being better at math, improved test scores, improved studying skills and increased creativity, studies at the University of Edinburgh show that studying languages improves the “elasticity” of your brain and keeps it young!

LANGUAGES HELP YOU EXPLORE YOUR HOBBIES AND HAVE FUN--For many of you, studying new languages helps you dive even deeper into your hobbies and interests.


LANGUAGES HELP YOU BECOME AN INTERNATIONAL PERSON OF MYSTERY--I think this was my favourite category of answers. Apparently we have a lot of burgeoning international spies in our midsts! A surprising number of you looked at languages as a way of hiding or gathering information from the people around you.

I had my own experiences blending into the local environment in Egypt so I definitely know where you’re coming from. Whether you want to blend in like a local, or you want to know what the native speakers are saying without their knowledge, studying a language can help you enhance your covert skills.

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Anki Web a free companion to the computer version of Anki. AnkiWeb can be used to review online when you ''t have access to your home computer, and can be used to keep your cards synchronized across multiple machines.

Vis-Ed Review These are vocabulary study cards for French, German, Spanish (generally, choose the bilingual Spanish-English edition rather than the classical Spanish edition), Greek (both classical and biblical), Hebrew (biblical), Italian, Latin, and Russian. Each, very inexpensive set includes about 1,000 flash cards (1 1/2"x 3 1/2" each) and a study guide containing simple instructions and a mini-dictionary, all packaged in a sturdy box. Extra helps, such as the principal parts of irregular verbs, are shown on the cards. Many words (in the Spanish set reviewed) have related forms that appear as nouns, verbs, and adjectives, so all are shown on the cards. For instance, the noun "el calor" (heat) has an adjectival form—"caluroso/a" which is also on the card. The foreign language is printed in black on one side, and the English equivalent is printed on the reverse in green. Use these cards to review and expand vocabulary for any of the above languages.

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Humboldtian model of higher education a concept of academic education that emerged in the early 19th century and whose core idea is a holistic combination of research and studies. Sometimes called simply the Humboldtian Model, it integrates the arts and sciences with research to achieve both comprehensive general learning and cultural knowledge, and it is still followed today. Based on humanistic principles

Bildung Bildung (German for "education" and "formation") refers to the German tradition of self-cultivation wherein philosophy and education are linked in a manner that refers to a process of both personal and cultural maturation. This maturation is described as a harmonization of the individual’s mind and heart and in a unification of selfhood and identity within the broader society, as evidenced with the literary tradition of bildungsroman.

Why should I be perfect ... if I can be so ... wonderfully faulty


Die Weihnachtstagung ~~ The Christmas Day

in der Weihnachtszeit desselben ~~ in the Christmas season

Diese Versammlung sollte ~~ This assembly should elect.

Geschäfte der Gesellschaft führte ~~ activities of the company

Allerdings erwies sich eine solche Wahl als überflüssig ~~ However, such an election turned out to be superfluous

da Steiner selbst sich dazu entschloss ~~ Since Steiner himself decided to do so

1923/24 | Die Weihnachtstagung Rudolph Steiner


the schöpferische Zerstörung, or the “gale of creative destruction,” of global capitalism

Aus meinem Leben, Erster Teil .................... From my life, Part One

Beiträge zur Entdeckung und Erforschung Africa's ....................Contributions to the discovery and exploration of Africa's.

Betrachtung ......................... contemplation

Briefe an eine Freundin ................. Letters to a friend by Humboldt


Die Briefe, welche hier erscheinen......................... The letters which appear here

werden gewiß als eine willkommene Zugabe zu den gesammelten Werken Wilhelm von Humboldts empfangen werden
will certainly be received as a welcome addition to the collected works of Wilhelm von Humboldt

Oft ist der Wunsch ausgesprochen, daß, ................ Often the desire is expressed that,

, außer den gelehrten Schriften, ..................... , besides the learned writings,

die man allein und getrennt von denen wünschte, .................... which one wished alone and separately from them,

die nicht in dieses Fach gehören, ......................... which do not belong in this compartment,

noch mehr Ungedrucktes, ................... even more unprinted,

besonders Briefe, erscheinen möchten. ................. especially letters, to appear.

Ein Mysterium in drei Akten .................. A mystery in three acts

oder Die Trägheit des Herzens ........... or The inertia of the heart

Charaktere und Schicksale ................... Characters and destinies

Eine Erzählung ...................... a story

Inhalt: Der Gastfreund, Die Argonauten, Medea ............... Content: The Host, the argonauts, Medea

Das heilige 'nerwetter .............. The holy thunderstorm

Das kleine Dummerle und andere Erzählungen .................. The little stupid and other stories

Der Gastfreund ............... the hospitality

Der goldene Spiegel ................... the golden mirror

Erzählungen in einem Rahmen ................ Narratives in a framework

Der Heizer ................ the heater

Eine heitere Legende ............... a cheerful legend

Odor Vortheile der Privaterziehung ....................... other advantages of private retirement

Der junge Gelehrte: Ein Lustspiel in drei Aufzuegen ..................... The young scholar: A play in three elevators

Eine Erzählung für das Volk ............... A narrative for the people

Entstehung und Konzeption ................ origin and concept

Lessing selbst schrieb dazu:............... Lessing himself wrote

Auch ihr Urteil verlangte ich; .................. I also demanded their judgment;

aber anstatt eines Urteils erwies sie mir die Ehre ........ but instead of a judgment, she proved to me the honor

Der Mann im Nebel - Roman .................... The man in the fog: novel

Der Mann von vierzig Jahren ................ The man of forty years

Der Mörder ....................... the killer

The New Poem ................... the new poem

Der niegeküßte Mund: Drei Erzählungen ............. The never-kissed mouth: Three stories

Der Tor und der Tod .................. The gate and death

Der Todesgruß der Legionen ................ the death of the legions

Eine Pensionsgeschichte für erwachsene Mädchen .................. A retirement history for adult girls

Der Weihnachtsabend: Eine Geistergeschichte ........... Christmas Eve: A ghost story

Ich bin froh, sie zu sehen ............................. I'm glad to see you

Ich freue mich, Sie zu sehen ............................. I'm glad to see you

Is this seat taken? ....................................Ist dieser Platz frei?

I’d like to go to… .............................Ich möchte nach …

recommend .......................................empfehlen?

Could I see the menu, please? Kann ich bitte die Speisekarte sehen? Could I get the bill, please. / The check, please. Kann ich die Rechnung haben? I’m allergic to… Ich bin allergisch gegen… That was delicious! Das war köstlich! How do I get to…?         Wie komme ich nach…? It’s on the left/on the right/straight ahead/at the corner. Es ist auf der linken Seite/auf der rechten Seite/geradezu/an der Ecke.


We have in German a good expression for a man who refuses to become wise

"We have in German a good expression for a man who refuses to become wise. We call him a Philistine. [German: Philister – The German and the English meanings of the word are rather different. (Tr.)] A Philistine is a man who resists the development of wisdom, who wants to remain as he is his whole life through, without altering his opinions. A man who seeks to become wise makes the effort to carry over the work which he has done and stored up in the course of earlier incarnations. The wiser we become, the more we bring over from earlier incarnations into the present, and if we do not wish to become wise, so that we leave barren the wisdom developed in earlier incarnations, there is then one who comes to saw it off: Ahriman. No-one likes it better than Ahriman that we fail to grow wiser. "

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 159 – The Great Virtues – Zürich, January 31, 1915

Speak German Now! The Go-To Guide for Essential German Basics, by Kevin Marx

they pronounce every letter, there are no silent letters. Pflanzen(plants) Beeilen(to hurry), is pronounced beh-eye-len. COGNATES,

bed Bett blood Blut book Buch bread Brot broccoli Brokkoli butter Butter carrot Karotte cat Katze chocolate Schokolade credit card Kreditkarte date Datum drink trinken drug Droge elbow Ellenbogen electricity Elektrizität electronic elektronisch find finden finger Finger fish Fisch fitness Fitness flag Flagge flame Flamme fresh frisch full voll garden Garten glass Glas god Gott grass Gras gray grau green grün group Gruppe hair Haar half halb hand Hand hunger Hunger ice Eis idea Idee idiot Idiot information Information insect Insekt intelligent intelligent kiss Kuss knee Knie lamp Lampe learn lernen market Markt medicine Medizin melon Melone mild mild moon Mond more mehr mouth Mund muscle Muskel name Name nature Natur negative negativ nephew Neffe often oft oil Öl panic Panik paper Papier passenger Passagier password Passwort pause Pause pepper Pfeffer percent Prozent perfect perfekt pill Pille pound Pfund price Preis salad Salat salt Salz sand Sand send senden Ja Nein The gender of a noun forms the backbone of German grammar. and all of the different grammar rules associated with them. mistake almost never change the meaning of the sentence, German has four grammatical cases called Nominative, Accusative, Dative, and Genitive. Dative is used for the indirect object. Genitive is used to show ownership. nicht. kein. If the verb shows a state of being, the object of the sentence will be nominative. indefinite article a. haben (to have) haben (to have) ich habe du hast er/sie/es hat wir haben ihr habt sie/Sie haben daughter die Tochter (ö) girl das Mädchen married verheiratet mother die Mutter (ü) Mr./sir der Herr (-en) parents die Eltern son der Sohn (ö, -e) woman/wife/Mrs. die Frau (-en) Verb Endings ich -e         du -st          er/sie/es -t       wir -en  ihr -t  sie -en         Sie -en If a verb ends with -ten like arbeiten (to work) you only drop the -n in the du, ihr, and er/sie/es forms. arbeiten sehen Ich komme in German has three meanings: I come, I am coming, I do come. Hörst du die Vögel? .............................. Do you hear the birds?

ich höre die Vögel.............................   Paul: Yes, I hear the birds. ist alles in Ordnung? ............................ is everything okay? Na klar! .....................................Of course! antworten auf stimmen werden (du wirst, es wird) ändern

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