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I. The Disorientating German Word Order (Wortstellung)

Many are of the opinion that English and German have a lot of commonalities. While that may be true (at least to some degree) in terms of lexicon, the differences between the two languages are significant especially when it comes to syntax. To English speakers, ⎯ especially those who are at the early stages of learning German ⎯ the German word order may come across as chaotic. I certainly was disorientated for a while. All the words and the verbs looked all jumbled to me, as if in disarray. Below are some examples. I would like to buy his car (auxiliary/ (verb 2) verb 1) Ich möchte sein Auto kaufen (auxiliary/ (verb 2) verb 1) At first glance the two sentences seem to be al

People often ask: "Is it possible to learn German in one year?" My answer is "yes, bu

Having taught German for over 18 years, I have only seen very few occasions where someone would be able to learn C1 level German (the second highest level on the European Framework of Reference for Languages and the Goethe Institut) in one year, yet a significantly higher proportion of students who would be able to reach B2 level, which is upper-intermediate German. Having said that, I teach German in London and via Skype, so my students aren't immersed in the language in their day-to-day lifes. The latter would obviously increase your chance of picking up the language more quickly, as your contact with the language would be more intense. But even so, the key is commitment to revision outsid

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