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German Word of the Day - notebook (noun)

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Notizheft notebook (noun)

Der Mann schreibt in das Notizheft.
The man is writing in the notebook.

Ich habe für jeden Kurs ein eigenes Notizheft.
I have a separate notebook for each class.

weiß liniertes Notizheft
white lined notebook

Notizheft für ein Fach
one subject notebook

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German Word of the Day - watch (noun)

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Uhr watch (noun)

Die Armbanduhr ist nicht günstig.
The wrist watch is not cheap.

Diese Uhr sieht teuer aus.
That watch looks expensive.

silberne Armbanduhr
silver wrist watch

Armbanduhr
wrist watch

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German Word of the Day - woman (noun)

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Frau woman (noun)

Sie ist eine schöne Frau.
She is a beautiful woman.

Die Frau benutzt einen Computer.
The woman is using a computer.

Die Frau trägt einen schwarzen Pullover.
The woman is wearing a black sweater.

Ich habe nach einer Frau in einem roten Kleid gesucht.
I was searching for a woman in a red dress.

Meine Mutter war die Frau in dem blauen Kleid.
My mother was the woman in the blue dress.

Frau in rot
woman in red

hübsche Frau
pretty woman

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German Word of the Day - younger sister (phrase)

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jüngere Schwester younger sister (phrase)

ältere Schwester und jüngere Schwester
older sister and younger sister

Meine jüngere Schwester ging nach England, um im Ausland zu studieren.
My younger sister went to England to study abroad.

Die ältere Schwester umarmt ihre jüngere Schwester.
The older sister is holding her younger sister.

Die jüngere Schwester muss immer gebrauchte Klamotten tragen.
The younger sister always has to wear used clothes.

Der ältere Bruder umarmt seine jüngere Schwester.
The older brother is holding his younger sister.

süße jüngere Schwester
sweet younger sister

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German Word of the Day - warm (adjective)

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warm warm (adjective)

Es ist schon Herbst, aber es ist zur Zeit noch immer warm.
It’s already fall, but it’s still warm these days.

Ich bekomme ein warmes Gefühl, wenn sie den Raum betritt.
I get a warm feeling when she enters the room.

warmes Wetter
warm weather

warmer Wind
warm wind

ein warmes Gefühl
a warm feeling

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6 Reasons to Learn a Language Before You Travel!

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There are plenty of destinations where you can get by with English, but sometimes you want to do better than just ‘get by’. Here are 6 reasons you should learn the basics of the language of your next trip destination.

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1. You will be able to discover your destination better than other tourists.

Getting by is one thing, but actually experiencing a trip abroad is quite another. No amount of guidebooks and online research can compensate for a basic lack of language ability. Speaking the language of your destination permits you to explore that destination beyond the regular tourist traps. Your language skills will not only allow you to dig into all the hidden gems of your destination, but they will also allow you to mingle with the locals to get a true experience on your holiday. Think of it this way: you’re not restricted to talking to the people at the tourist desk anymore.

2. Knowing how to communicate with local police or medical personnel can be life-saving.

Before you leave for your destination, make sure you learn how to ask for help in that destination’s local tongue. Do you know how to ask the waiter if this dish has peanuts in it? Or tell your host family that you’re allergic to fish? Can you tell the local doctor where it hurts? Moreover, an awareness of an environment improves your chance of remaining safe inside it. For example, walking around a busy marketplace, dazzled by an unfamiliar language, signs and accents will instantly render any tourist a more attractive mark for pickpockets. Communicating with other people, asking questions and looking confident will make you look like a semi-local yourself, and will ward off potential thieves.

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3. It helps you relax.

Traveling is much less stressful when you understand what that announcement at the airport was saying, or if this bus line reaches your hotel. These things stress you out when traveling and they disappear when you understand the language. This allows you to focus on planning your trip in a better, easier way.

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4. Speaking the language can provide you with a way to get to know people you’d never otherwise have the opportunity to speak with.

Sometimes those relationships turn into friendships, and other times they’re nothing more than a lively conversation. Either way, as Nelson Mandela said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” When you approach someone – even staff at a store or restaurant – with English, rather than their own language, an invisible divide has already been erected. Making even a small effort to communicate in the language of the place you’re visiting can go a long way and you’ll find many more doors open up to you as a result.

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5. You’ll be a better ambassador for your country.

If we’re honest with ourselves, we know very little about other countries and cultures, especially the local politics. And what we do know is often filtered to us by the media, which tends to represent only certain interests. When you can speak the local language, you’re able to answer questions that curious locals have about your country and culture. Are you frustrated with how your country is presented in global news? Are you embarrassed by your country’s leaders and want to make it clear that not everyone is like that where you’re from? This is a very good opportunity to share your story with people who have no one else to ask. We all have a responsibility to be representatives of the place we come from.

6. Learning another language can fend off Alzheimer’s, keep your brain healthy and generally make you smarter.

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German Word of the Day - bat (noun)

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Fledermaus bat (noun)

Die Fledermaus hängt vom Ast herunter.
The bat is hanging from the branch.

Die Fledermäuse hängen, eine Wassermelone essend, von einem Ast herunter.
The bats are hanging from a branch eating watermelon.

schwarze Fledermaus
black bat

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German Word of the Day - truck (noun)

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Lastwagen truck (noun)

Lastwagen transportieren Güter über das ganze Land.
Trucks carry goods all over the country.

weißer Lastwagen
white truck

weißer Lastwagen mit rotem Streifen
white truck with a red stripe

Lastwagenfahrer
truck driver

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German Word of the Day - volleyball (noun)

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Volleyball volleyball (noun)

Lasst uns am Strand Volleyball spielen.
Let’s play volleyball at the beach.

Die Mannschaften spielen Volleyball.
The teams are playing volleyball.

Es macht Spaß, sich Beachvolleyball anzusehen und zu spielen.
It’s fun to watch and to play beach volleyball.

Volleyball spielen
play volleyball

Beachvolleyball
beach volleyball

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German Word of the Day - chicken (noun)

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Huhn chicken (noun)

Das Huhn und die Küken picken an ihrem Essen.
The chicken and chicks are pecking at their food.

Hühner sind die verbreitetsten Vögel auf der Welt.
Chickens are the most populous bird in the world.

weißes Huhn
white chicken

Hühnerei
chicken egg

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