In today’s post we’re going to take a look at six more common English mistakes that German learners make. By concentrating on these few key areas, you can improve your English significantly.

Try and figure out what is wrong with these common English mistakes and then hover your mouse over the solution to check your answers. Good luck!

Die häufigsten Englischfehler von Deutschen:

1) “I am making a party”.

Tip: The verb “to make” is not used as commonly as it is in German [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_tooltip title= “‘ I am having a party – we always use the verb to have.” ]Solution [/fusion_tooltip]

2)  A smoker stops you in the street and asks: “Do you have fire?”.

Tip: This sounds good in German – but in English it sounds rather too literal (like a caveman)! [/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_tooltip title= “‘Do you have a light or lighter? would be more appropriate” ]Solution [/fusion_tooltip]

3) “It’s hot today, but not too hot in the shadow”.

Tip: A word which means the same thing in German – but in English we have two different words[/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_tooltip title= “‘It’s not too hot in the shade. Shade is used when talking about being outside of the sun. Shadow decsribes the dark pattern cast behind you, for example on  a wall, when a light shines on you.” ] Solution [/fusion_tooltip]

4) In a restaurant: “I am becoming a sausage”.

Tip: The problem here is confusing the German bekommen for the English become. I am becoming a sausage means that you are literally turning into one! [/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_tooltip title= “‘I ordered a sausage.'” ] Solution [/fusion_tooltip]

5) “What time do you stand up in the morning?”.

Tip: think about the verb we use in English [/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_tooltip title=”What time do you get up in the morning?” ]Solution [/fusion_tooltip]

6) “Can you borrow me the documents?”

Tip: Consider the main verb here. [/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_tooltip title=”Can you lend me the documents? or Can I borrow the documents (me)’ Many people get lend and borrow mixed up. I have borrowed the documents – but he has lent me the documents”] Solution [/fusion_tooltip][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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