German modal particles are one of the trickiest linguistic components for learners of the language to master. Learn the German of everyday speech, which most classes don't teach.
Last week we took a look at the English words which Germans can’t pronounce, now we are turning the tables and discovering the German words which native-English speakers struggle to say.
After nearly twenty years living in Germany, marriage to a German, three children and a separation from the-said German later, there are some things I would definitely do differently if I knew then what I know now.
From better workers' rights to safer children's toys, there are a lot of changes in store as September becomes October on Monday.
From bringing canines to work to having dedicated dog swimming pool days, it’s fair to say that Germany takes its Hunde seriously. We dug into the history and spoke to pet owners, to examine why the country is 'ein Land das Hunde liebt' (a dog loving place).
Many people wouldn’t expect to hear German spoken outside of central Europe. Yet today it is preserved, in its own dialect, in communities stretching from Texas to Namibia.
Learning German is made trickier by significant regional differences. We break down the linguistic features of Deutschland's dialects and where you'll hear them.
Berlin, one of the most popular expat destinations, doesn’t always live up to newcomers’ hopes. Why do some expats leave?
We look at 10 of the German capital's most interesting and affordable shared working spaces for freelancers and entrepreneurs.
57 years ago today, on the 13th August 1961, the first border fences were erected around the border of West Berlin, in what would quickly become the Berlin Wall. So what were the events leading up to 1961? How and why was the Wall built, even though "nobody had the intention" to do so?
Berlin is planning an overhaul of its aged, over-stretched public transport network. From trams in the west to self-driving busses, we've boiled down the transport department's 350-page white paper to give you everything you need to know about the new masterplan.
Germans famously love to follow ‘ze rules.’
There are unwritten rules in German society of which unsuspecting expats can often fall foul. Have you broken some of these top 5?
Ok, ok. We’re aware that the German language doesn’t have much of a reputation for beauty. But the language of Goethe and Schiller can’t be all bad. We’ll even go out on a limb and say there are some words that sound nicer in German than in English. Read on to see if you agree.
Journalist Rachel Stern’s image of Germany before she arrived was comprised largely of sausages and beer. So she was surprised when the environment she found herself in spurred her on to compete in triathlons.
Feierabend is the name for the time after you finish work; when you switch off your computer, hang up your tools, or get rid of your uniform. And Germans really know how to embrace it.
From being heard in coffee shops to popular TV programmes, "Denglisch" is being used more and more across the country. But is it threatening to kill off German? A linguist sheds light on the phenomenon.
With summer holidays for pupils starting as early as next week for some federal states, it’s an appropriate time to familiarize yourself with the labour laws when it comes to paid vacation days as an employee in Germany.
If you’re keen on moving here for work and want a heads up on the cultural differences in the German workplace, we’ve spoken to an intercultural trainer to find out the pertinent things you should know – and how you can deal with them.
Whether on the market or coupled up, it’s not so easy to meet and date in Germany. The Local talked to a matchmaker and singles across the country to find out the difficulties - as well as the advantages - of dating here.
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Even scientific studies suggest that Germans hate empty chit chat. As a Brit whose need to talk about the weather is as good as written in her DNA, Floraidh Clement struggled to break the ice at first.
The Bavarian city of Aschaffenburg may be small and not as well known across Germany, but among its advantages are its growing international scene, proximity to neighbouring travel spots and beautiful parks, says Smita Bhooplapur.
Want to know the German cities where it’s easiest to find a craft-brewed beer, drink iced coffee and speak English? Probably the ones most influenced by their large American populations.
Floraidh Clement moved to Berlin with her boyfriend after they both found jobs in the start-up scene. When he found it easy to settle in, she was left feeling resentful.
From using only a fork to separating salad leaves with a knife, several German culinary practices cut into the heart of journalist Rachel Stern's prior American norms.
While there are similarities between applying for jobs in Germany and in other countries, there are differences too. Here’s what you need to know about German language applications to help you nab the job you’ve always wanted.
The clocking is ticking down towards the May 31st deadline to submit tax returns. Here's how to make tax day into your own personal pay day.
Applying for jobs can feel overwhelming in a foreign country when you’re unfamiliar with the language and job market. The Local asked recruitment experts for their best tips on how to impress a potential German employer.
After a decade of being completely free, we are asking loyal readers of The Local to become paying Members. But why are we doing this? In the time-honoured tradition of The Local, co-founder James Savage gives ten reasons.
More than 1.2 million vacant employment positions across Germany were recorded at the end of 2017, according to a new report. But where are the majority of these openings located and what are the sectors most in need of workers?
Keen on exchanging your driving licence for a German one or learning how to drive in Germany? Reporter Shelley Pascual, who has been through the process, picks through the trickiest parts of the bureaucracy.
In 2017 the number of people in Germany who aren't German citizens reached a record high. But in which cities and states do they live exactly, and what are the largest foreign communities?
Big life moments such as child birth can seem overwhelming in a foreign country, especially one as bureaucratic as Germany. But learn the ropes and you'll see that this is an excellent place to be pregnant.