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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

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.

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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