A German Word from History (No.3)

The previous post in this little series was a word from German history but this week I’m picking something from Austria: Psychoanalyse (f.) This is Freud’s theory of psychoanalysis and a bloody hard word to pronounce. (Something like “puh-soo-show-anna-loser”, but quickly). In researching these German words my starting point is my own knowledge of German history, which in school was focused on 1933-1945, and then … Continue reading A German Word from History (No.3)

German Verb of the Week (No.1)

Verunglücken Everyone is familiar with the satisfying German loan words like “Schadenfreude” and “Doppelgänger”, but I have come to love these neat German verbs which slip into a sentence and describe actions or experiences for which English would require a whole phrase. Verunglücken means “to have an accident”, and if you break down the sections of the word, it relates to “unlucky”. Use the word, … Continue reading German Verb of the Week (No.1)

Language Lessons Learned From a Weekend in Madrid

I have just returned from a weekend in Madrid, where it was crazy hot (for late September) but the atmosphere was the best and I got to throw out a bunch of “holas” and “graciases”. Here is a breakdown of how it went, language wise – and let me know about your own experience of putting your beginner or intermediate language skills to the test! … Continue reading Language Lessons Learned From a Weekend in Madrid

Language Tips of the Week

Hola a todos und hallo zusammen! I have a handful of tips from my learning this week which will fit neatly enough into one post: my new favourite Spanish resources, and some real bad German words (i.e. DENGLISCH). Entonces, el fin de semana que viene, voy a viajar a Madrid! Estoy muy emocionante para practicar el idioma y, ademas, para compartir mi experiencia con vosotros. Pero … Continue reading Language Tips of the Week