21 English Words That Are Actually German

21 English Words That Are Actually German

You may have noticed that the German language often gets a bad rap. Especially among English speakers.

People often say it sounds “guttural” or “rough,” or that German speakers are “always shouting.” That perception is doubtless due in no small part to countless World War II movies where the Germans are the bad guys constantly shouting things like Schnell! Schnell! (“Quickly! Quickly!”).

English speakers often think that English and German are on completely separate paths that don’t overlap. However, the truth is actually quite different. If you speak English, then there are likely many German words in your daily speech that you may not have even known came from German.

Both languages have borrowed liberally from each other to form their own vocabulary, and today we’ll talk about some of the most common, interesting, useful and odd German words in use in English.

20 English Words That Are Actually German (Infographic)
Source: www.grammarcheck.net

World Languages Evening Course Schedule from 17th April 2017!

World Languages Evening Course Schedule from 17th April 2017!

Our new evening term will begin from 17th April 2017! If you cannot see your language or level on the list please get in touch with us.

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6.30 – 8.00pm
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6.30 – 8.00pm
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6.30 – 8.0pm
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6.30 – 8pm
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6.30 – 8.00pm
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6.30 – 8.00pm
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Try a lesson for only £1 on Tuesday 11th April (Monday 10th for Gaelic) – book your place here!

5 Techniques to Learn Any Foreign Language

5 Techniques to Learn Any Foreign Language

If you are thinking of learning any foreign language, these five useful techniques will make it so much easier:

1. Make mistakes

Wrong Way
From the moment we born, we are said to do things properly, but the only way to learn a language is to get things wrong. Why? Because when you make mistakes you are able to remember them and do as much as possible to change them.

2. Scrap the dictionary

Dictionary

Have you ever noticed how much confusing reading a language can be? That is because we are used to our mother tongue sounds. Sometimes, and more for a beginner, it’s more useful to scrap the dictionary and study it phonetically.

3. Ask people to correct you

Friendship

When you start learning a new language, you need someone to introduce words and grammar in the same way as you learnt your mother tongue. As time goes by , it’s important to have someone who will not hesitate to correct your mistakes while encouraging you to improve. At inlingua Edinburgh, our teachers’ method means you will have as much speaking practice as possible with frequent error corrections.

4. Keep talking

It’s easy to stop using a language when you reach your goal. But unfortunately, if you don’t keep training your skills, you’ll forget it, so try to make native-speaking friends or find a language exchange partner who you can practise with on a regular basis.

5. Make it fun!

Child laughing

If you find learning a new language tedious, you’ll never reach your goal. So make it fun!

Learning Japanese? Here’s some interesting trivia!

Learning Japanese? Here’s some interesting trivia!

Image credit: Moyan Brenn (Flickr)

Language and culture go hand in hand and, if you’re learning a new language, it’s great to find out about the culture of the country it comes from. Our Japanese teacher, Kotomi, has compiled a list of trivia that you may find weird, strange or interesting, about the culture of Japan.

1. It is popular to eat raw fish, such as sushi or sashimi. But  Japanese even love to eat raw meats, such as beef, chicken, horse meat, pork liver!!

2. The country of Japan is made up of 6,800 islands.

3. The land of Japan is more than 70% covered by mountains. Also there are over 110 active volcanos. This is around 7% of the world’s volcanos.

Sakurajima from Ferry terminal

4. There is a very expensive type of melon, called mask melon in Japan. The most expensive ones cost about £250. These melons have a detailed and small “net” pattern on their skin. This fruit is often given as a gift.

5. Japanese vending machines sell alcohol. You are able to buy alcohol 24 hours a day.

Vending machines

6. There used to be these customs: A man would shave his head as an apology. A woman would cut her hair if she broke up with her boyfriend.

7. Japan has the second lowest crime rate in the world, but quite a high suicide rate. There is a famous suicide spot called “Aokigahara” near Mt. Fuji. This area is a deep forest and compasses don’t work. It is very easy to get lost. It’s best not to plan a trip here.

8. The Japanese animation industry accounts for 60% of world animation. Japanese anime culture is successful worldwide. There are over 130 voice actors/actresses in Japan.

Busou Shinki Anime

9. 21% of the population of Japan are elderly people. This ratio is the highest in the world.

10. There is a custom to eat a puffy fish called “Fugu” which is extremely poisonous. The parts with this poison are slightly different between each kind of Fugu. and a licensed craftsman is necessary to serve in a restaurant. However, in some specific areas, recipes exist where a poisonous part of the fish is pickled to eat. It is still not understood why the poison is mysteriously detoxified by this recipe.

Want to find out more? Check out these 10 reasons to visit Japan!

9 American Movies With Hilarious Foreign Titles

9 American Movies With Hilarious Foreign Titles

Illustrations by James Chapman – chapmangamo.tumblr.com

When film titles get translated into other languages, the results can get downright weird. Here are some of the funniest and most surreal examples!

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English title: Animal House
German title: Ich glaub’, mich tritt ein Pferd

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English title: Inside Out
German title: Alles Steht Kopf

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English title: Being John Malkovich
Japanese title: マルコヴィッチの穴

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English title: Ocean’s Eleven
Brazilian (Portuguese) title: Onze Homens e Um Segredo

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English title: The Shawshank Redemption
Romanian Title: Închisoarea Îngerilor

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English title: The Terminator

  • Electronic Murderer (Elektroniczny morderca) – Poland
  • The Dealer of Death (A halálosztó) – Hungary
  • The Relentless Exterminator (O Exterminador Implacável) – Portugal

 

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English title: Top Gun
Israeli (Hebrew) title:
אהבה בשחקים

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English title: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Danish title: Drengen, der druknede i chokoladesovsen

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English title: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Do you have other ones in mind?