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Maybe German articles – der, die and das – aren’t that hard after all. You might believe that there’s no rhyme or reason behind the way articles pair with their nouns, but that’s far from the truth. There’s often a clue to the gender in the suffix of the noun you’re saying. Check out the video for more!

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Learn German lessons online for beginners course – We help you learn german in a quick and easy way. Learn German Grammar – You will learn how to tell the articles i.e. rules for the articles (der, die, das) in the German language. Awesome hints on how to guess the articles.

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Definite Articles in German (Nominative and Accusative)

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Video of class lecture slides introducing German definite articles (e.g., “der,” “die”) in both the nominative and accusative cases. The presentation builds on prior discussion of the nominative and accusative cases. The video begins with a review of German nouns and the concept of grammatical gender, and then moves to an examination of German definite articles in the nominative and accusative. The video concludes with specific examples of German definite articles being used in short sentences.

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00:56 Review of German nouns and grammatical gender
02:13 German definite articles (nominative)
02:42 German definite articles (accusative)
03:49 The “Oklahoma Box”
04:45 Specific examples of definite articles in nominative and accusative
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The German Articles in all Cases

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When an English speaker starts learning how to speak German, he or she usually finds certain differences immediately apparent. Getting used to these differences is vital to becoming more comfortable with a language that seems at once very structured but also mysterious. If you know what lies in store for you before starting, and if you can find the right tools to help you practice and make the differences seem natural, you will learn German much faster.

English speakers who don’t yet know how to speak German often expect that they will only have to learn new vocabulary, but that the grammar will be the same. Instead, they quickly learn that even basic word order in German is quite different. Verbs, for example, often appear at the end of sentences instead of right after the subject, like we are used to. And while we are used to a noun’s place in the sentence giving it meaning, the first noun in a sentence does not have to be the subject. Instead, nouns operate in a way that English speakers are simply not trained to watch for.

German is an “inflected” language, which means that it creates meaning by changing the form of words instead of just their order. English has a bit of this, like when we use “she” for a subject but “her” for a direct or indirect object. In German, however, every noun must be inflected each time it is used. It does this by what is called “declension,” or changing the articles (English “a,” “an,” and “the”) according to the noun’s case, or use in a sentence. So, for example, one would start a sentence about a dog by saying “Ein Hund” (a dog). But if that dog were a direct object in the sentence, you would say “einen Hund” (a dog). This gets even more complicated when you have to decline adjectives according to the gender and case of the noun it modifies. When you first study how to speak German, you will often have to memorize long and difficult lists of noun and adjective declensions.

Even pronunciation can cause problems for English speakers, especially for those trying to learn on their own from books. First, the German alphabet is slightly different, which means that you may not immediately know how a word is supposed to sound based on its spelling. German vowels can have umlauts, the two dots above the letter, which change the sound, and there is what’s called an ess-zett, or ß, which sounds like an English “ss.” Furthermore, many consonants indicate slightly different sounds, such as German “s” sounding like English “z.”

It can take some time for these basic differences to feel natural. Luckily, there are many software packages that combine written and spoken German with a number of different vocabulary builders, memory games, and grammatical exercises. Some of the best learn German courses even include online tutors who can help you instead of trying to learn how to speak German on your own. Finding the best and widest range of resources will not only help you learn German faster, but also make you more fluent in the end.

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Due to a comprehensive network with modern amenities, and fast and frequent services, German rail travel is considered as one of the best in Europe. Because of Germany’s 41,000 km of tracks, a German rail is designed for savings and the flexibility to hop on and off trains. This article will share you a lot of information about German rail travel.


Rail Pass Discounts

When purchasing a German rail pass enjoy further savings with great discounts for children, youth and groups on select passes.

Children between the ages of 4 and 11 pay half the adult fare and children under 4 travel free.
A Saver Pass for groups of 2 to 5 people gives an approximate 15% reduction per person on the normal Adult price.
Youth Passes under 26 can travel in second class with an approximate 35% discount on the Adult first class fare.

Types of German Rail Passes

ACP Rail International offers a wide range of German rail passes.


The following are options for non-European residents:

German Rail Pass
Eurail Global Pass: Train travel in 21 European countries
Eurail Select Pass: Train travel in 3, 4 or 5 bordering countries in Europe
Eurail Austria – Germany Pass
Eurail Benelux – Germany Pass
Eurail Czech Republic – Germany Pass
Eurail Denmark – Germany Pass
Eurail France – Germany Pass
Eurail Germany – Poland Pass
Eurail Germany – Switzerland Pass

And the following are options for European residents:

InterRail Germany Pass
InterRail Global Pass: Train travel in 30 European countries

German Rail (Deutsche Bahn)

The German rail network is operated by Deutsche Ba, reaching nearly every city in Germany by train. With a German rail pass, you are free to explore from the North and Baltic Sea shores down to the Black Forest and the Bavarian Alps. Sit back and enjoy the ride between these unforgettable cities: Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg and many more!


With a central European location, it’s no surprise that Germany is also the hub for many international routes, with connections to Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Denmark, Belgium and Austria aboard the famous InterCity Express (ICE) trains; ICE trains are known for reaching speeds up to 300km/h and setting new standards for high speed transport. Imagine it only takes 3 hours from Berlin to Frankfurt – a 545 km journey that takes over 5 hours by car!


German Trains

Depending on your itinerary, you will likely use a variety of trains, including long distance services, regional trains and InterCity (IC) and InterCity Express (ICE) trains. As regional trains connect smaller towns and accommodate local commuters, it’s suggested you avoid travelling during the early morning or late afternoon if possible. Please also note it’s generally advisable to make seat reservations, especially during holidays and peak periods.


Many companies offer German rail passes and the accompanying benefits. We recommend ACP Rail International due to their long standing rail experience, competitive prices and reliable customer support.


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Learn German Articles | Der, Die or Das? | Grammar Lesson

You want to learn German? First you need to learn about the German articles! Knowing when to use der, die and das is essential since many grammatical rules only make sense to you when you know which article certain words have. Articles can be frustrating to learn but are important nevertheless! In this video you will learn all of the German articles and find out why they are essential when it comes to learning my language.

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If you are looking for translation services in order to conquer the German market you should consider some of the characteristics of German language and culture business. First of all, in business you need to speak the language of your target market in order to establish successful business relationships. So, you would have to rely on translation agencies in Ottawa, Vancouver or anywhere else, to offer you high quality German translation of your documents. In order for you to understand the business mentality and characteristics of the German language, here are some explanations.

German is an Indo-European language that belongs to the western branch of Germanic languages. With more than 100 millions of speakers, it is the most spoken language within the European Union. In Europe, it is an official language in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and more. German is also spoken but has no official status in Denmark, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and more. In Africa, it is spoken in Namibia, Togo, South Africa and Tanzania. In America, German is spoken in North American countries and in South America (Paraguay, Chile, Argentina and Brazil). As you can see from these numbers, German translations are important in reaching this huge market.

The German language uses 26 letters of the Latin alphabet, three vowels with an “Umlaut” (kind of dieresis) “ä”, “ö” and “ü”, and a special graphic symbol “ß”, “eszett” (both “s” and “z”). Until the 1940’s, German was printed in gothic characters (Fraktur) and written in “sütterlin”, which are different versions of the Latin alphabet. The spelling of the German language is generally based on the pronunciation and should not present a major problem. But the strong regional disparities of pronunciation may present greater difficulties. The main orthographic difficulties of German reside in:

•  The “Fremdwörter” (foreign origin words), they are most often written with their original spelling in the foreign language, but the recent orthographic reform allows the germanisation of imported words;
•  The letters “ä” and “e” in some cases are homophones and in other cases with similar but slightly different pronunciation;
•  The distinction between simple consonants and double consonants which, in a limited amount of words and unlike the general rule, has no influence on the length of the vowel;
•  The separation between the words and the non-capitalisation of some expressions.

In order to delete some of the difficulties described above, the German, Swiss and Austrian representatives have agreed on an orthographic reform. It has been in effect since 1998 in Germany and has been compulsory since the mid 2005. The main changes are:

•  The homogenization of the written form of words that belong to the same family;
•  The use of “ß” solely after the long vocals and the diphthongs;
•  The systematization of the capitalization of nouns;
•  The simplification of the punctuation and the use of comma;
•  The simplification of terms coming from Greek and replacing “ph” with “f”.

Unlike languages such as English, classic German has a quite conform pronunciation regarding the written text and contains very few exceptions except for the words coming from foreign languages. Almost all vowels are clearly pronounced even if they are not followed by a mute letter used to insist on the previous letter. The difficulty comes into play with grammar as German is considerably more complex than English. Therefore it is best to approach reliable translation services provider in Ottawa or any other place.

In addition to linguistic complexities, German culture is also unique and German businesses decision makers generally are influenced by general German mentality characteristics. In order to successfully enter the German market, you need to select professional translation agencies be it translation companies in Ottawa or translation Vancouver that will properly represent you and your company’s materials in this sophisticated market.

Textronics Communications Ltd. is one of the leading translation agencies Ottawa which provides high quality, German translations, and translation Vancouver services to corporate clients located in different parts of the world.  


The German articles – frustrating, but important. It’s essential to know about these (duh) and you’ll want to always learn them with your nouns, but don’t make them your main concern 🙂

DO NOT learn all of these by heart, it’s not worth it. This list is just in case you’re interested and for a quick check, if you need it.

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