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Archive for August, 2010

Zungenbrecher – Tongue Twister Posted by on Aug 24, 2010

Today I want to introduce some German “Zungenbrecher” to you. I guess they exist in many languages but as you want to learn German this might be a funny alternation. Mostly the Zungenbrecher don´t make many sense but help to train pronunciation…and also laugh about the mistakes you make.

“Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten” Posted by on Aug 18, 2010

Every day – from Monday to Friday at 7:45 pm – about 4 Million people in Germany turn on their TV sets to watch Germany’s most popular Seifenoper (soap opera) “Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten” (Good times, bad times). I wonder why this show is so successful nowadays because when the first episode was broadcasted on…

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Bicycle Tour Posted by on Aug 17, 2010

Some months ago I posted an article about Lake Constance (Bodensee), the biggest See (lake) in Germany. Maybe some of you remember. Due to my long summer holidays, now I had the chance to experience the lake another way as gewöhnlich (usual): Spontaneously my wife and I decided to circle the lake by bike!

Prepositions that require the genitive case Posted by on Aug 11, 2010

In my previous post, I explained to you the basic idea of the four German grammar cases. Remember: DOER-noun = nominative (carries out the action) POSSESSION-noun = genitive (belongs to DOER, INSTRUMENT or TARGET) INSTRUMENT-noun = dative (with what the action is carried out) TARGET-noun = accusative (receives the action) Unfortunately, the German language is…

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WHO is doing that to WHOM with WHAT and WHOSE is it at all? – The four German cases Posted by on Aug 6, 2010

Most learners of German seem to struggle with the language’s grammar cases. In this post I am going to explain why these cases exist and what they mean. The crucial element of every sentence is the verb, since it names a particular action. In this action, there are always specific subjects and objects (nouns) involved…

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The last love parade? Posted by on Aug 5, 2010

Maybe some of you have already gehört (heard) that this year´s love parade ended up in a Katastrophe (catastrophe). 21 people were squashed to death due to a mass panic. 500 were verletzt (injured).