Category : False friends

When to use “zu Hause” or “nach Hause”

Many students get confused when it comes to “go home” and “at home” in German. Find out when you should use “zu Hause” or “nach Hause”.

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The meaning of “passieren” and “vorübergehen”

Many German students use the verb “passieren” in the wrong way. Find out how to correctly integrate it and when you should use “vorübergehen” instead.

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When to use “vermissen” and “verpassen”

Many German students get lost when to really use “vermissen” or “verpassen”. Find out the meaning of these two verbs and when to use them in this article.

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How to say “nice” in German

During my German online classes, I realized that the proper translation for “nice” is a tricky task for many students. Get to know what is the right translation.

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“Werden”, “wurden”, “worden” or “würden”?

It is widespread for German students to get confused by the four German verbs “werden”, “wurden”, “worden” and “würden” repeatedly. This article clarifies their meaning and usage.

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When to use “als”, “wenn” and “wann” in German

Many German students struggle with the usage of “als”, “wenn” or “wann”. After reading this article, you will know when to use which of them. Read more …

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When to use “wünschen”, “möchten” and “wollen” in German

There are several ways in German to express that you would like to have or do something, but some of them are a bit tricky. After reading this article you know how to apply all of them properly. Often, German students try to directly translate from their known languages to German. Unfortunately, this causes some common […]

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What is the difference between “wollen” and “werden”?

Due to their similarity to English, the two verbs “wollen” and “werden” are easily confused by German students. After reading this article and practicing with its free worksheet you will be a pro!

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How to say something “works” in German without using “arbeiten”

It is a common mistake to use “arbeiten” in German to express that something works out. After reading this article you will know when to use which verb instead.

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When to really use “gehen” in German

Many German students translate English “to go” into German. But we use the verb “gehen” differently. Find out more …

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When to use “studieren” and “lernen” in  German

Many German students get confused when they need to choose between “studieren” and “lernen”. Find out, when to use which verb once and for all!

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How to properly use “bekommen” and “werden”

There is a common mistake English speakers do in German and Germans do in English: They hit the hey of false friends. As like as in real life, false friends guide you to the wrong direction and the same applies for languages. After this article and the free worksheet you will be a pro using “bekommen” and “werden”.

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