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The best German Anki template. Probably. Automatic color-coding and cloze deletions

This free template automatically color-codes nouns based on gender, highlights irregular verbs, and even generates cloze deletions based on example sentences without an extra click. Supports images and audio.

Elise Cutts

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After almost a year of experimentation, I’m finally satisfied enough with my German Anki template to dare to think it might be useful for others. So in the spirit of Mads Mikkelsen advertising a pretty mediocre Danish beer as “probably the best beer in the world,” I’ll say that this is “probably the best German Anki template on the internet.” You can download it for free.

Create German quizzes from YouTube videos with this free website

Interpolly is a free website that was built by a software developer who used YouTube to learn German. It allows you to create vocabulary quizzes from YouTube videos, 100% for free!

Elise Cutts

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Interpolly lets you turn YouTube videos into vocabulary quizzes

Scrolling through Reddit today, I came across a great new website for German learners made by an r/German user. The site is called Interpolly, and it allows you to easily create German vocabulary quizzes from YouTube videos. I checked it out and really liked the site, so I thought I’d write up a little review as a way of saying thanks to the developer for making this free tool for German learners.

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!

11 ways to practice writing in a foreign language

There are more ways to learn to write a new language than just responding to prompts!

Elise Cutts

12-Minute Read

A notebook and computer. This post goes through 11 ways to practice writing in a foreign language.

Learning to write in a new laguage can be intimidating, especially if you’re learning alone. Like speaking, writing is a productive skill which makes it impossible to learn passively. Reading will improve your writing, to be sure. But if you want to write, you need to write!

A candid review of Pimsleur Danish

The listening-based approach is good for phonetically-tricky Danish, but the dialogue is weirdly irrelevant unless your primary motivation for learning Danish is picking up girls abroad.

Elise Cutts

13-Minute Read

Headphones and a danish flag. Pimsleur Danish is a decent way to get a start with Danish, but it has its flaws.

I received a lot of reccomendations of the Pimsleur language programs from family members back when I was preparing to head to Denmark in 2019. So naturally, I picked up Pimsleur Danish 1, never finished it, and forgot about it until about a month ago when I found the little blue Pimsleur logo lurking in my app drawer. I had been focusing on German exclusively until then, but given what I’d paid for Pimsleur (too much, see below), my stinginess demanded that I give Danish another shot.

Are your classmates in your Klasse, Jahrgang, or Studienrichtung?

Don't be fooled by false friends like Klasse! Translating concepts like class, graduation year, and major to German is a bit complicated.

Elise Cutts

5-Minute Read

Graduating students. What's the German translation of class, as in class of 2020?

How do you say “class of 2020” in German? TLDR: you might get away with Jahrgang 2016, but that translation might not carry all the meaning you expect it to—especially if you’re from the US.

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