algandarsplaguepositive asks: I studied German for four years in high school and wanted to continue it in college but the semester I signed up for it, the class was cancelled because there was low enrollment. Anyway, I really like this blog because it sort prevents me from becoming rusty in my German a bit. :'D

Aw I’m sorry your class was cancelled. But thank you, I’m glad you find this blog useful! :)

Also keep in mind the other meaning of Schloss

Also keep in mind the other meaning of Schloss

Anonymous asks: Hallo! Could you explain what danke schön means please? I know danke means thank you so what is the point of adding schön? I thought schön meant pretty or handsome. Is it supposed to be a thank you very much and if so why use a word that means pretty? And is it appropriate to use danke schön at different times than just danke? Sorry if that is a lot of questions but this has been bugging me for awhile. Thanks for the help!

Dankeschön doesn’t necessarily mean “thank you very much.” It’s thank you or “thanks” but with the schön for emphasis because sometimes just danke by itself might seem a little too informal. Yes, schön means “beautiful” but, in this case, it’s used in a different way than we would normally use “beautiful” in English. Dankeschön kind of means like “I thank you kindly.” 

I think most of the time, though, they’re the same thing. If you say danke with feelings and like you mean it (even in formal situations), your thankfulness will be well-received.

glowing-senses asks: First off I love your blog, its helping me learn little by little! But, is there any way you could link to a cheat sheet on all the irregularities in German? Many of the 'words of the day' you post have them and I'm constantly stumbling on them.

Thank you! Yeah I do post a lot of irregular verbs. I apologize for that; they just tend to be words that I can easily find pictures for.

Here’s a whole list of them that you can memorize:

My teacher once taught us a few tricks that might help with conjugating irregular verbs in the imperfect tense, but I only remember one (sorry, I’m a bad student). If you notice, some words change almost the same way they do in English. 

  • Let’s take the word essen (to eat). Er isst is present tense, but if you were to change that to imperfect, it would be er aß. So isst -> is kind of like eat -> ate.
  • The most perfect example is schwimmen (to swim). Schwimmt becomes schwammt like swim -> swam :D

If you notice there are some patterns in there, like i -> a and ie -> and ä -> ie.

Hope this helps (and wasn’t too confusing)!