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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

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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.

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

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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.

Anki template for German that automatically generates cloze deletions and color-codes nouns

Using the magic of German grammar, this Anki template automatically color-codes nouns by gender and generates cloze deletions without extra clicks or note types—just enter the word and an example sentence.

Elise Cutts

6-Minute Read

A German flashcard with automatically-generated cloze deletion.

One of my major frustrations with Anki is the stiffness of cloze-formatted cards. They just don’t play nice with basic card types. So while I often want to incorperate cloze deletions into my decks, making seperate notes for clozes of my example sentences is simply beyond my effort tolerance. So instead of spending an extra 30sec/card, I did the clearly easier thing and spent a week figuring out how to get basic cards to automatically make cloze deletions based on example sentences.

Fehler Files: Talking about talking in German

I tell 'dir' but ask 'dich.' Why? A quick review of some common German mistakes made with verbs describing speech like sagen, fragen, and erzählen

Elise Cutts

5-Minute Read

In Fehler Files, I break down common German mistakes that I make in real conversations so you don’t have to make similar mistakes yourself. Think of it like a series of self-deprecating mini-guides to German grammar and vocabulary. This time around, it’s about using German verbs describing speech, such as erzählen and fragen.

Fehler Files: the German dative plural

Knowing how to use the dative case is hard, but forming the German dative plural is easy... but I still screwed it up. Here's how not to.

Elise Cutts

3-Minute Read

In Fehler Files, I break down common German mistakes that I make in real conversations so you don’t have to make similar mistakes yourself. Think of it like a series of self-deprecating mini-guides to German grammar and vocabulary.

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This isn't another polyglot blog — it's a monoglot blog! Well, it used to be. At this point, I'm probably somewhere around a 1.75-glot, maybe a 1.80-glot on a good day. This site is all about learning to learn languages, written through the lense of my experience overcoming the intermediate plateau with German and starting from scratch with Italian as a self-taught former monoglot. If you're teaching yourself a language, this is for you!

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