German Language Skills: Cognates

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Travel expert Gretchen Strauch has designed this German language class just for travelers — with exactly what you need to know for practical, smooth travels in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. You'll learn how to pronounce German words, master some key phrases every traveler should know, and better understand how language is tied to culture.

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Recorded on March 3, 2018 • Rick Steves' Europe Travel Center

Written and Presented by Gretchen Strauch
Produced by Cameron Hewitt
Filmed and Edited by Zen Wolfang
Graphics by Heather Locke and Rhonda Pelikan

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