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Looking for tips for learning German? From recommendations for German language music or films, here are some of my best tips and tricks for learning German. From one German learner to another!

Learn German with the film Run Lola Run, starring Moritz Bleibtreu.

German Actors You Don’t Know You Already Know

German born and raised actress Diane Kruger once revealed that Quentin Tarantino was reluctant to cast her in Inglourious Basterds. She had spent so long trying to lose her German accent that the director didn’t believe she was German. While Kruger’s list of credits isn’t exactly full of German language roles, it brings up an …

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toni kater (Photo: Ferran Casanova)

German Music: Toni Kater

I first became aware of German singer-songwriter Toni Kater through her collaborations with Einstürzende Neubauten percussionist and a favorite of mine, Rudi Moser. In addition to his appearances in Kater’s own music, the two worked together under the name Kill Royal and released an English language track (the darkly absorbing “Remember”) through the Lokalhymnen Berlin …

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Sieben Jahre in Tibet

German Challenge: Mid-Week Check-In

The German Challenge is half over! How about that? As I write this, I’m mid-way through my self-imposed challenge to do 30 hours of German practice in a week. There have been positives and negatives and I wanted to share those, as well as how I’ve been spending my time.

German newspapers

The German Challenge

It’s time to get serious and work a little harder on learning German. I can personally admit that, for a variety of reasons (read: life and work) I haven’t been working as hard as I once was. But I’m going to jump start my German skills as 2014 winds to an end with a week …

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German/English dictionary

5 Tips for German Language Learning

Learning a foreign language is difficult. You simply cannot cut corners. There’s no secret trick. But there are things you can do to work smarter and not harder. I’ve put together a list of five simple things that I’ve found have helped me as I continue to tackle German.