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Booster Pack: German cooking verbs

A free Anki deck of 38 German cooking verbs. Images, audio, example sentences, color-coding, and cloze deletions for every word.

Elise Cutts

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I’m a bad cook, so it’s difficult for me to follow recipes even when they’re written in plain English—let alone sputtered out rapid-fire in German as I try to handle knives and hot pans without maiming myself. But I’ve been cooking more with my boyfriend, and when he bothers to use a recipe all it always ends up as rapid-fire German sputtering even if it started out a written recipe. Clearly it was time to get to work on a flashcard deck of German cooking verbs.

Booster Pack: German tree vocabulary

An Anki deck of 45 free German flashcards all about trees. Images, example sentences, color-coding, and cloze deletions for every word—and now audio, too.

Elise Cutts

5-Minute Read

When we learn a new language, we focus on learning the words we actually need to communicate. But eventually, you might want to be able to get across points like “pine tree” without having to say things like “der Baum, der Nadeln statt Blätter hat.”

Booster pack: German hiking vocabulary

Upgrade your pandemic daydreams of alpine tourism with this free Anki deck of 33 German words related to hiking

Elise Cutts

6-Minute Read

A hiker walks along a path through a mountain valley in Sweden. This free flashcard deck contains German hiking vocabulary.

Hiking has been an escape for me throughout the pandemic, and I like to imagine where I might go hiking once this is over. I suppose we’re at the “sanguine tourism fantasies” stage of covid-19… Anyways, all that daydreaming inspired this free Anki deck of German hiking vocabulary. Even though travel restrictions mean most of us won’t be flying off to hike in the Alps anytime soon, we can at least upgrade our pandemic daydreams with a dose of linguistic authenticity!

Booster Pack: German words for drunk

Words to make sure you're prepared for your next trip to a Biergarten, with a free Anki deck and a funny song to help you remember them—even after a few drinks

Elise Cutts

7-Minute Read

Beer bubbles deliciously in a cool glass

Depending on your stereotypes of German speakers, you may or may not be surprised to learn that there are a lot of German words for drunk. This post walks through 18 of them as well as words for discussing the aftermath of a night out. I’ve also put them together as a neat set of free Anki cards so you might have a shot at remembering them when the time comes.

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