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    Swiss German (Part 1) – Introduction

    Switzerland's language situation is without doubt special. There is not just one, but four national languages (German, French, Italian and Romansh), with German being the most widely spoken language in Switzerland. In addition, there is a diglossia situation in German-speaking [...]

Common Challenges for German Learners (Part 3) – Upper and Lower Case

The importance of capital letters in German The German language is almost the only language in which nouns, names and nominalisations are capitalised. This is why capitalisation is a challenge for most German learners, and even native speakers are sometimes unsure whether a word [...]

January 15th, 2023|Categories: Common Challanges for German Learners|

Common Challenges for German Learners (Part 2) – Compound Words

Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz. This was officially the longest German word. The English translation is: Cattle marking and beef labelling supervision duties delegation law. It was part of a legal text, but since the law was repealed in 2013, it disappeared from the dictionaries. Nevertheless, the German [...]

January 6th, 2023|Categories: Common Challanges for German Learners|

Experience report: Tandem Language Learning

In the blog post Tandem Language Learning, a language-learning tandem partnership was described as a learning method that can complement language courses. More specifically, the following questions were answered: What exactly is a language-learning tandem partnership? How do I find a language-learning tandem partner? [...]

October 9th, 2022|Categories: Field Report|
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