Learning German

Origin of the German and Austrian surname Gruber
The name Gruber is a moderately popular surname in Germany and the most common surname in Austria. It is, in one way or another, derived (...)
August 15, 2016 – Jakub MarianGerman
Difference between “ausdrucken” and “ausdrücken” in German
The verbs “drucken” and “drücken” in German are often confused by non-native speakers, especially by those who cannot pronounce the vowel (...)
May 27, 2016 – Jakub MarianGerman
Is German an SVO language?
The order of the subject, verb, and object in a sentence (abbreviated S, V, and O, respectively) is one of the ways linguists categorize (...)
May 22, 2016 – Jakub MarianGerman
‘Musste’, ‘gemusst’ and ‘müssen haben’ in German
There are four different past tense forms for the German verb müssen (must). The easiest one to deal with is the simple past: Er (...)
April 24, 2016 – Jakub MarianGerman
German suffix -anz: feminine nouns
To say that all German nouns ending with “anz” are feminine would be inaccurate, but there is a grain of truth in that. All German nouns (...)
July 2, 2015 – Jakub MarianGerman

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Words ending with -ung are feminine in German
There are over 20,000 nouns in German that end with -ung, so if there is a rule that applies to them all, it is definitely worth learning. (...)
May 3, 2015 – Jakub MarianGerman
German suffix -ant: masculine nouns
There are over 300 nouns in German that end with “ant”, and almost all of them are masculine (i.e. they have the article “der”), such (...)
May 1, 2015 – Jakub MarianGerman
Nouns ending with -heit and -keit in German
All German nouns that have the suffix -heit or -keit are feminine (i.e. have the article die), without exception (which is something we (...)
April 25, 2015 – Jakub MarianGerman
German ä, ö, ü – what’s the difference?
German alphabet contains three additional symbols for vowels, which are often misunderstood or mispronounced by learners whose mother (...)
January 18, 2015 – Jakub MarianGerman
Difference between -ung in German and -ing in English
One of the most common mistakes among German learners who just started off is overuse of the German ending -ung, which looks like the (...)
January 8, 2015 – Jakub MarianGerman