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Reading comprehension – Der Herbst ist da! Posted by on Oct 14, 2012 in Current Events, Language, Practice

Today I want to do a little reading comprehension with you. Read the following text and answer the questions afterwards. Try to frame your answers in German. If this is too hard, English will do as well. Use the comment field for your answers.

Der Herbst ist da!

Vor ein paar Tagen gab es den ersten Frost auf den Dächern der Stadt. Die Blätter haben sich scheinbar unmerklich verfärbt und bei jedem Windstoß verlassen einige davon Ihre Bäume. Die Ernte ist bereits eingeholt und gelbe Stoppelfelder prägen neben bunten Wäldern das Bild der Landschaft.

Hier und da sieht man Rüben- und Kürbisgeister an den Eingängen der Häuser. Abends wenn es dunkel wird, leuchten Sie, um vorbeigehenden Leuten einen Schrecken einzujagen. Tagsüber warten die Kinder auf Wind, um Ihre Drachen steigen zu lassen. Und tatsächlich klappt das jetzt immer öfter.

Die Tage werden kürzer und die Kleider werden dicker. Nebel und trübes Wetter sorgen oft für eine melancholische Stimmung. Die Menschen verbringen wieder mehr Zeit in den Häusern als draußen.

Vielerorts versammeln sich Vögel, um die Reise in den fernen Süden anzutreten. Manch einer würde gerne mit ihnen gehen.

In den Supermärkten gibt es bereits Weihnachtsmänner aus Schokolade. Auf eine seltsame Weise machen sie darauf aufmerksam, dass sich ein weiteres Jahr dem Ende nähert.

The questions:

1. What did the leaves do before they left their trees?
2. What is the landscape dominated of?
3. What can you see in the doorways?
4. The birds gather to do what?
5. Supermarkets already offer Santa Clauses. What are they made of?

I will post the answers in a couple of days. This way you can compare them to your own answers.

Good luck!

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My name is Jan and I live in the south west of Germany. My profession is being a project manager at a company that creates digital media (first of all internet related things). This is my job since over a decade so I´m quite familiar with the web and its tools. Whereat today almost every school kid does. But that´s one of the main reasons why nowadays there are quasi no more limits in the internet and so it can be used for all imaginable types of things. For example learning languages! And that´s where we are at the moment. I first got in touch with Transparent Language when my family and I used to live in France a couple of years ago. I just had a break from work and by coincidence I produced some cultural videos in French. A few months later the whole blogging thing came up and I was lucky to be a part of it. So now my (second) job is to feed you with information, exercises, vocabulary, grammar and stories about Germany and German language. For being a passionate videographer I´m trying to do this more and more by videos. If you have any wishes or needs of topics that should be treated here, please don´t hesitate to contact me via a comment field. I´m open to your suggestions (as long as they are not too individual) and will try to satisfy your needs.


Comments:

  1. amelia:

    1. What did the leaves do before they left their trees?
    Die Blätter verfärbt.

    2. What is the landscape dominated of?
    hrmm… fields that have been harvested?

    3. What can you see in the doorways?
    Rüben- und Kürbisgeister?

    4. The birds gather to do what?
    zu gehen in den Süden.

    5. Supermarkets already offer Santa Clauses. What are they made of?
    Schokolade!

  2. jan:

    Amelia, that´s not bad!!! My answers will come along in two days…

  3. Jacques:

    1. What did the leaves do before they left their trees?
    Sie haben sich verfärbt.
    2. What is the landscape dominated of?
    Die Landschaft wird von gelben Stoppelfeldern und bunten Wäldern beherrscht.
    3. What can you see in the doorways?
    Rüben- und Kurbisgeister.
    4. The birds gather to do what?
    Um die Reise in den fernen Süden anzutreten.
    5. Supermarkets already offer Santa Clauses. What are they made of?
    Schokolade.