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Introducing Oliver Hilmes’ ‘Berlin 1936’

Introducing Oliver Hilmes’ ‘Berlin 1936’

For July’s Babbel Book Club pick, we’re jumping to nonfiction. This month’s book looks at the human stories behind one of the strangest sporting events in history: Adolf Hitler’s Olympic Games.
How To Host The Perfect German Dinner Party

How To Host The Perfect German Dinner Party

These are the recipes and phrases you need to host an authentic German meal. Lederhosen are optional.
How Many People Speak German, And Where Is It Spoken?

How Many People Speak German, And Where Is It Spoken?

German is one of the most popular languages in the world, and you might be surprised by how many places it’s spoken.
How To Talk About Mental Health In 6 Different Languages

How To Talk About Mental Health In 6 Different Languages

‘Self-care’ has become a major buzzword in the U.S. amid a burgeoning movement to destigmatize mental illness. Do other cultures discuss mental health as openly?
Songs To Learn By: A German Playlist For Music-Lovers Of All Kinds

Songs To Learn By: A German Playlist For Music-Lovers Of All Kinds

Between yesteryear’s polka and today’s techno, there’s great German music you can sing along to when you’re learning the language.
A Bearish Language: Book Review Of Yoko Tawada’s ‘Memoirs Of A Polar Bear’

A Bearish Language: Book Review Of Yoko Tawada’s ‘Memoirs Of A Polar Bear’

Yoko Tawada’s most recent book that was translated into English is about three generations of polar bears who struggle with language barriers and fitting in.
6 Foreign Language Memes That’ll Make You Feel More Worldly

6 Foreign Language Memes That’ll Make You Feel More Worldly

Who said international memes weren’t a valid language-learning tool?
22 Things You’ll Never Hear A Berliner Say

22 Things You’ll Never Hear A Berliner Say

Did you recently move to Berlin and want to learn some relevant sentences to use in everyday life? Well then, this is NOT your article.
9 German Expressions That Will Make You Sound Like A Native

9 German Expressions That Will Make You Sound Like A Native

These popular expressions about (new) beginnings, endings and sausages are an unbeatable way to understand the German mindset.
The 9 Best German Words You Don’t Know

The 9 Best German Words You Don’t Know

Jiminy Cricket! Balderdash! Humbug! Every language has its share of old-timey words and expressions, and German is no exception. Here we take a look at some of our very favorite vintage German words.
10 Steps To Germanize Yourself

10 Steps To Germanize Yourself

What does it take to be German? The author of Make me German “adds his mustard” on becoming “germanized.”