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Adam Burges

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A Few Useful Pronunciation Tips for German Language Beginners


Here are a some observations about German language pronunciation that I’m surprised are not standard teachings for anyone new to the language.

I’m going to add a little disclaimer here: this is from my perspective, with my ears and the particular accents that I’ve heard. Some of these might not sound the same for everyone, and because of different accents and dialects they will sound differently sometimes ...

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Our Most Comprehensive List of German and Swiss German Learning Resouces


To really improve fast it is super important to have as much German or Swiss German in your daily life as possible.

This means a lot of input and a lot of output (two vital aspects of the UNUmondo Golden Formula for language learning). 

In this document you find all sorts of language input as well as resources on specific topics to understand better what’s going on in Switzerland ...

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Swinglish – English Words Interpreted by the Swiss


The Swiss have a very fluid attitude towards language, probably developed from having 4 national languages and (considered by some) an unofficial 5th… English.

Everyone here grew up not only with a knowledge of different languages, but also with a knowledge and acceptance of multiple dialects of the same language. They might have grown up with Zurich German but their mother speaks Basel German and their Grandfather might speak Bern ...

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Things You Don't Get in Classroom Based Language Teaching


One of the reasons UNUmondo was founded was to create a space for people to learn language that wasn’t stuck within the confines of classrooms and the traditional teaching structure.

Larissa found during her interviews and research at meetups that many people who really wanted to learn German or Swiss German were put off by their earlier learning experiences.

They found that the rigid, formal structure of lessons and ...

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Communicative Language Learning - The Quest For Fluency


One of the most amazing abilities our minds have developed since we first crawled out of the sea millions of years ago is our capacity for communication.

The modern expression of this ability is the use of language to express ourselves and connect with other people.

Language has developed over the years to improve our ability to convert thoughts into words that can accurately get our ideas across to others ...

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