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Problems for learners in GermanyWhen teaching english to a monolingual class of German students in Germany, an EFL instructor will be confronted with problems that can be divided into five main categories, which I will describe in detail in the following paragraphs: Spelling, pronunciation, word order, numbers and last but not least “false friends”. Spelling: An EFL teacher should be aware of the fact that all nouns in the German language are capitalized which also applies to all objects such as table, pencil, car etc. Therefore it has to be explicitly pointed out to the students that english only capitalizes names including eg. company names, names of rivers, mountains, oceans etc., countries, nationalities, weekdays, months and finally the pronoun “I” . It will be very difficult for the students to break the habit of capitalizing much more than that, so the teacher has to repeat and practice this language point various times during a course. Once the students internalize however, that only the above groups of nouns are capitalized, they may even find the english spelling easier than their own. Pronunciation: Regarding pronunciation the teacher should focus on two “German- specific” difficulties: Firstly the english “v”, which many Germans pronounce like