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Common German Phrases and Etiquette Tips for Dining Out

Common German Phrases and Etiquette Tips for Dining Out

Do you want to explore what Germany's restaurant scene has to offer? Below, German teacher Tyler S. shares some common German phrases and etiquette tips to ensure you have a delicious and enjoyable meal... Imagine you’re in Germany dining out for the first time. You excitedly enter through the restaurant’s front door, take a quick look around, and wait at what appears to be the host stand. If you wait to be seated in this manner, you’ll be waiting a long time. In almost every German re … Read More

Common German Phrases and Etiquette Tips for Dining Out
Do you want to explore what Germany's restaurant scene has to offer? Below, German teacher Tyler S. shares some common German phrases and etiquette tips to ensure you have a delicious and enjoyable meal... Imagine you’re in Germany dining out for the first time. You excitedly enter through the restaurant’s front door, take a quick look around, and wait at what appears to be the host stand. If you wait to be seated in this manner, you’ll be waiting a long time. In almost every German re
The #1 Tip on How to Ace the IELTS
The International English Language Testing System (also known as the IELTS) is recognized worldwide as the most popular English proficiency exam. Millions of people from around the globe take the IELTS every year, and unfortunately, many of them do not pass. There is one trait, however, that everyone who successfully completes the IELTS has in common. It’s something you might not expect. Our friends at Magoosh describe it in one word: confidence. Self confidence is key to passing the
Spanish Classes vs. Private Tutoring: What Will Work for You?
Not sure whether Spanish classes or private tutoring will work best for your learning style? Here, Carmichael, CA Spanish tutor Joan B. shares her advice for making that decision...   When you’re exploring how to learn Spanish, it’s important to consider the various options, including Spanish classes and private tutoring. Consider your learning style, goals, needs, and abilities when making a decision as to whether Spanish classes or private tutoring will work best for you. First, re
French Verbs of Motion: Conjugating the Past Tense with Être
There's always more to learn about French verbs! Tutor Carol Beth shares an important difference you need to know about certain verbs in the passé composé... So perhaps you are beginning to have a handle on some of the basic verbal forms in French – le present, le futur, imparfait, and passé composé for most verbs. For the passé composé, however, if you only know how to form it with avoir as the auxiliary verb (le verbe auxiliaire), watch out! When expressing certain actions in the pas
15 Funny French Phrases (And What They Really Mean)
Just like English, French has a lot of idiomatic words and phrases, and some are fairly easy to puzzle out (for example, someone who "drinks like a hole", is drinking a great deal). Others are, to put it mildly, less obvious, especially when you are learning French. Here are some of the strangest French phrases you're likely to run across in otherwise harmless conversation. 1. Coup de foudre Only in French is it a good thing to be hit by a "stroke of lightning"; it means love at first sigh

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