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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

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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.

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