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By: Zane Madison This book will greatly help your understanding of the German language. Instruction and practice is the only way you will learn. If you live in or travel in a German speaking country and want to improve your skills, this is for you. If you have an interest in German or want an A+ in your schoolwork, this is also for you. Best of luck and Auf Wiedersehen for now!
The German Alphabet
The German alphabet is the most important feature to learn. The same goes for any language, if you do not know what letters make up basic words, how can you put a word together? More importantly, how is it spelled? The German alphabet is a crucial part in understanding the language. Please take a look over this chart to make sure you have grasped the concept. Many words in English that are broken down into letter form are pronounced with longer sayings in German. Once you feel you know this chart, head on over to the next lesson. If you may have noticed right from the start, this alphabet has 30 characters. Yes, that is four more than our English counterpart. I urge you to memorize this list. You will be much better off, good luck! Hint: Can you notice the similarity to English?
Aa Ää Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Öö Pp Qq Rr Ss ß Tt Uu Üü Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz
Not too complicated is it now? Let us move on. it is most likely a short vowel. "ö". "o". Once you understand how the classification works. Now on the other side of this coin is the long vowel.German Vowels The letters which represent the German vowels are the same as English. "e". Also just 3 . "u". Would you like to know this simple tip? If there are a bunch of consonants following the vowel. "ü". Please note for a side reference that there is also a "super short" sounding vowel sound but that is not really necessary at this point. Sometimes this is also called a "tense" vowel as well. "a". Remember how short vowels could be pointed out because they had two or more consonants following them? Well a long vowel can be pointed out by having only a single consonant following it. Another common factor which is a dead giveaway is the doubling of vowels. Normally it is easiest to know if the vowel is short by using one simple trick. Now what is a long and short vowel you ask? Short vowels or otherwise known as "lax". Also known as pairing. "oo". this is when you see the vowel repeated twice. Do you happen to know what those categories might be? The categories are long and short. "i". What does "a bunch" mean exactly? I mean at least two or more consonants following the vowel. The vowels are separated into two main categories. German vowels have a distinct difference as compared to the English language. it is easy to pick out a long and short vowel. "ee". What are the important things to know about this category? Well there are a few actually. Examples are "aa". and that is the addition of three extra vowels. Let us take a look shall we? There are eight vowels in German and they are. have a quick distinct sound to them. and so on. There is one exception though. "ä".
Are you ready to continue? German Alphabet Pronunciation German alphabet pronunciation is in all honesty. How do you know when to use these dots though? 4 . What do the dots mean exactly? These dots are used to create a sharper sound. it is not unusual for a long or tense sounding vowel to have the letter "h" following the vowel. This sound is done using the front part of your mouth. What distinguishes an "Umlaut" from a regular letter? Take a look below at the German alphabet pronunciation table and see if you can point out which letters are a little bit different. things take practice. please go back and read it a couple of times. just like English and any other language does.to point out as a side note. Take your time trying to learn and proceed when ready. As with anything. does have special characters called "Umlaut". If you did not fully understand this just by reading. In no time at all you will have the grasp of the vowels and how they play an important part into the structure of this language. As you can see. learning the German vowels is pretty basic. since the English language does not use this kind of sound technique. In fact it's very easy. The German language however. let us continue then. This alphabet actually sounds a little similar to English in a few ways. The "Umlaut" letters are letters with the dots above them. Each letter has its own special sound. This may be a little harder for some of us. Have you found them? Ok. not that hard to learn. good.
Uh Üü Vv ..You do not have to know.Fau Ww . Is this confusing you a little bit? Think for example.Tseh Dd .Beh Cc .Geh Hh .Yott Kk .Ih Jj .Oh Öö Pp . do certain words automatically use the "Umlaut" letters.Iks 5 .Enn Oo .Ess ß Tt . So too.Kah Ll .Hah Ii .Veh Xx . how do we end a sentence? We end a sentence with a period mark of course.El Mm . The dots on these letters are sort of "just there".Deh Ee . They are a rule and are used in conjunction with certain words.Ah Ää Bb .Emm Nn .Eff Gg .Eh Ff .Kuh Rr . Aa .Peh Qq .Err Ss .Teh Uu .
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We have something similar in English. the diphthongs are a combination of two vowels.German Diphthongs German diphthongs are basically two vowels which are put together. and how to go about saying them. Exceptions normally come from words that have a foreign (English. The German language is a lot more into phonetics than our English counterpart. Instead of silent letters. Once you know how to pronounce the letters. In German some sounds are created by using diphthongs. But it’s the same principle. Hey. strictly speaking. where the combination sh makes you pronounce it in a different way than each letter is pronounced. “Fisch” has the same pronunciation. you will be able to say words even if you have never seen them before. It is rather simple really. There are no real exceptions like English has and this is what makes learning this language fun and interesting. “sch” is not a diphthong. They are: • • • • "au" (pronounced like the “ow” in “Howard”) "eu" and “äu” ( both like the “oy” in oyster”) "ei" and “ai” ( both like “eye”) “ie” (like “eeh”) 7 . So learn the letters and diphthongs or rather know what they are. you just learned another word! I’m sure you can remember this one! Although. Once again. You pronounce the word as you see it. to keep the example. In German. Take the word “fish”. You are not going to be tricked. What does this mean? It means German really isn't that confusing. and. you blend them together. “sch” is the same sound as “sh” in English. most words are a "say what you see" deal. as this term only applies to the combination of vowels. Instead of pronouncing each vowel separately. French) background.
Common endings for towns and cities include “-stadt”. you will notice many cities and towns having a mixed background. I am sure you will find the city you are looking for. “-ingen” and “-ow”. If you are planning to travel to Germany this would be great to know. I am confident these lessons will make you better understand the German language. “-furt”. Please take a look over this chart. Some of these factors include the origin of the German language. They are sorted by alphabetical order. When you travel around Germany. “burg”. Below I have compiled a list of all the major cities in Germany. This is true because of migration and the influence of other cultures. I encourage you to act now as well and take hold of this software if you really are serious about learning German. Perhaps some will even sound a little bit Ukrainian. German City Names German city names are based on many factors. that this software is a great program for people who want to travel to Germany. Some towns will have a Polish sounding name. It will allow you to progressively and actively speak the German language without wondering what or when to use a certain letter. 8 . Also remember. or a French one. alphabet. it got its old name Chemnitz back. and politics. and consonants will give you a strong solid base.Learning the diphthongs. “-berg”. After the time when the Berlin Wall was torn down. wars. An example of this was the name change of the East German city of Karl-Marx-Stadt. “-hausen”.
Aachen Augsburg Bergisch Gladbach Berlin Bielefeld Bochum Bonn Bottrop Braunschweig Bremen Bremerhaven Chemnitz Cottbus Darmstadt Dessau Dortmund Dresden Duisburg Düren Düsseldorf Erfurt Erlangen Essen Esslingen Flensburg Frankfurt Freiburg Fürth Gelsenkirchen Gera Göttingen Gütersloh Hagen Halle 9 .
Hamburg Hamm Hanau Hannover Heidelberg Heilbronn Herne Hildesheim Ingolstadt Iserlohn Jena Kaiserslautern Karlsruhe Kassel Kiel Koblenz Köln Krefeld Leipzig Leverkusen Lübeck Ludwigsburg Ludwigshafen Lünen Magdeburg Mainz Mannheim Marl Minden Moers Mönchengladbach Mülheim München Münster Neuss 10 .
Nürnberg Oberhausen Offenbach Oldenburg Osnabrück Paderborn Pforzheim Potsdam Ratingen Recklinghausen Regensburg Remscheid Reutlingen Rostock Saarbrücken Salzgitter Schwerin Siegen Solingen Stuttgart Trier Ulm Velbert VillingenSchwenningen Wiesbaden Wilhelmshaven Witten Wolfsburg Wuppertal Würzburg Zwickau 11 .
The "ch" can be pronounced in two different ways. u and au it is pronounced like in the Scottish word “loch”. They are tricky to pronounce at first but once you understand them. Just try sounding off the words with the pronunciation techniques you learned in the German alphabet. At the end of a word. A couple of the "ich" and/or "ach" sounds in German may be troublesome for you. In those cases the letter "b" is pronounced like a "p". otherwise it is pronounced in the front of the mouth. 12 . not the English language. There is no sound like that in English. Try not to pronounce certain consonants heavily. This is the German language. o. such as the letter "r". If it precedes a vowel. it becomes second nature to you. If you keep these things in mind and follow the course. it’s silent (like in “leihen” (borrow). See for yourself today how it can help you! The “h” can be silent or pronounced. some consonants are pronounced sharper than usual. it’s pronounced (like in “Hut” (hat). you will be speaking the language in no time at all. “g” is pronounced like “k” and "d" is pronounced like a "t". Pronunciation of some grouped consonants in a little bit different as well. There are a few differences however. This may seem like a lot to take in. But the rule for that is easy: if the h follows a vowel. pronounced LY-EN). pronounced HOOT) Do not try to pronounce everything as you would in English.German Consonants Many German consonants are pronounced similarly to our English language. This software course is a great help to master German pronunciation. There are also a few others. Just remember a few simple rules. If it follows a. but it really isn't.
This ending. it will be a little tricky to learn at first. You’ll get some examples for that in a minute. There is no blending or rubbing or the vowels. This is because the English language does not use it. and "ü". The skill will come with time so do not get disheartened. We can consider the extra vowels special sounding vowels for now. German has long vowels and short ones. it only takes a couple minutes longer to learn. German Adjectives German adjectives. genitive. "e". you never forget. which is mostly “-e” in the singular and “-en” in the plural. 13 .German Vowel Pronunciation German vowel pronunciation is easier to learn than most people believe it to be. This will make things easier. "a". Once you know how though. German adjectives have an ending before a noun. Try practicing this technique a little bit before diving into words. The vowels are. normally go in front of the noun which they are modifying. "i". With only a couple extra vowels. dative and accusative. "u". "ä". It uses the tongue in a curling action to produce the sound needed. There are four cases in the German language: nominative. The different cases are used depending on the function of the sentence. The "umlaut" is spoken from the front of the mouth. The hardest of the vowels to learn is the "umlaut". "ö". depends on several factors like the gender of the following noun and the case. Every German vowel has its own clear pronunciation. "o". Think of it as riding a bike. Short vowels are pronounced with a short crisp clear sound. if you never have ridden a bike. It is a sound that is not needed for us to communicate.
feminine. thing. "eine". Think of it as the popular thing in the sentence. or neutral. Why is this so? Nominative cases use articles most of the time. not too difficult. person. The accusative case is the direct object of a sentence. the only one which has a different appearance. "ein". The questions of are normally used in conjunction with nominative adjectives. What all the buzz is about. This time it is not 14 . Keep reading for the rest of our adjective lesson. Take the term “der kleine Junge” (the little boy). upon changing from “-e” in the nominative to “-en” in the accusative. Now don't you wish English had that? What a struggle it was to learn all of this is grammar school. In the plural it is “die kleinen Jungen” (the little boys). whether it is masculine. Did you forget what a direct object is? It is an animal. Let us have a look at the dative case. The exception to this rule is with the masculine gender. The accusative ending must also reflect the case of the preceding noun. Examples of these are “der”. Accusative adjectives and articles are directly related to one another. See. "die". As you can see. This makes it easy for us to pick out. Does that make a little more sense? Accusative endings are the same as those in the nominative case most of the time. Let us move on to the accusative adjectives now. and so on. Do you remember what the accusative format dealt with? It’s the object of the sentence. It is the loner. To see this in action with interactivity and audio please visit this site here. since nouns start with a capital letter. Dative deals with the indirect object of the sentence. Here the ending is “-e”.The nominative adjective refers to the subject of a sentence. or something which the action of the sentence is happening about or to. it just takes practice and a bit of learning to master the basics of German. You can ask yourselves “who” or “what” to find the subject of a sentence that you are looking for.
15 . We must step back away for a moment and take a look at what this is all about. Memorize the prepositions. neutral. This happens to be one of those times. learn them. In English you use the apostrophe-s ‘s or “of” to express this. we come to the genitive case. people. Like in “my parent’s house”. and gender to name a few. the genitive shows the possession of something. German Prepositions German prepositions can only be learned in one way: you have to memorize them. Question words are to whom or what the sentence is about. In German. female. They deal with travel. the fun way. Learn German the easy way. A couple of examples include. Learning German prepositions is absolutely critical if you want to speak the language. singular or plural). "To whom did he throw the ball?" "To whom are you speaking?" To see full lots of examples of what I am explaining in action pick yourself up a copy of this software today. Learning a second language can be problematic because we already know how to speak one language. and you will be much better off! Prepositions come in many different shapes and forms. The endings adjectives are identical to the dative case. Finally.about who or what the action is being performed by but rather who or what the action is being performed to. Sometimes in life there is no shortcut to the high road. The ending of adjectives in the dative case is easy: it’s “-en” for all (male. Let's take a look at this closer. We have this idea in our heads of how a language should be conducted.
German has more and you have to know when to use each preposition. bei. The meaning of these in the same order is. Certain German prepositions are ruled by the accusative case. Dative can either be "always dative" or "sometimes dative". all prepositions are in the same case. In English these mean for. There are ones that will always be accusative. from. learn the basics of German grammar as I am teaching you. to. be wary of translations between the languages though. von. against. mit. Now we shall go on towards the dative case. on. and between. As I mentioned earlier in this free course. you would take something against your sickness. and then practice everything you have learned utilizing the ultimate this software package. Not too much different here either. A couple of the main German accusative prepositions include für. First of all. See the difference here? It is little subtle things like this which make up the whole picture. besides. and through. by (or with). These mean at. A two way preposition can have more than one English meaning or translation. Then there are ones that can either be dative or accusative. I would suggest you become familiar with these as they are used a lot in German. and durch. gegen. upon. außer. 16 . we have the accusative and dative cases with prepositions. and zwischen. A couple of the "two way" prepositions include an. Just like in adjectives. and zu. What do we do when we are sick? We take something for our sickness correct? Well in German. there are two different kinds. We will go over the basics of the accusative prepositions now. English has the object of the preposition.A good example is if you are sick. Just like in the accusative case. near. and to. It is best if you learn the vocabulary. from. The common dative prepositions include aus. auf.
überall (everywhere). respectively. They tell you “when. Let us take a look at the German meanings then shall we? There are three categories of adverbs: those for time. sehr (very). zu Hause (at home). Here are some examples from each category: TIME: heute (today). früh (early) MANNER: schwierig (difficult). It will allow you to speak basic conversation. immer (always). Utilizing the tools given here will make you a better speaker. manchmal (sometimes). for the manner and for the place. Not so in German. “how” and “wo. They have different reasons for using them and I am here to help you. which makes them easy to identify. in Deutschland (in Germany) 17 . Let us refresh our heads really quick and try to recall what an adverb is? Can you find that memory somewhere in your brain? When did we learn that anyways. gestern (yesterday). That is a really general summary of what it does. how long”. order from restaurants.I hope this gives you some sort of basic foundation in learning what prepositions are all about. ziemlich (rather). The power of learning German is in your hands. adverbs normally end with ”ly”. vielleicht (maybe) PLACE: hier (here). leise (quietly). Viel Glück! German Adverbs & Directions German adverbs are used in many different ways. wohin”. tell the time. In English. and ask people simple questions. leider (unfortunately). third grade? An adverb helps the verb in the sentence. bald (soon). dort (there).
The word "wo" is about asking location. how often do you think before you act? I really hope you do. So if you were to ask. keep in mind that German has many meanings. you would use "wo". you would have no idea what they said back. If you were to ask. the second one for a motion or direction. Do you see what I am getting at? The first one is asking for a location. If you ask "Where is my hat?". easy questions equal easy answers. You may be the world's greatest person at asking for directions in German. Now that you have that under your belt. and so on. but I think if you asked the average person. you would use "wohin". If you are going to ask something with the word "where" in the question. The word "wohin" is used when talking about motion or direction. Control yourself and use the ever so known way of communication. such as left. If this does not help in any way do not start crying and freaking out. let us dive in. It is a simple concept. So to make things easy. it would be completely different if you were to ask "Where is she going?". "Where is my hat?". "Where is she going?". right. Yet.This lesson will focus on the uses of adverbs in asking directions. asking-directions related words and their meanings. That's right. turn. 18 . make your question easy. Draw a picture! Below is a list of common adverbs. Why would I choose directions? Most people. use it for traveling. back. You should ask questions using basic German words. When you ask how to get to a certain place. who want to learn German. What do I mean by this? I mean that the use of the word can be something totally different in another context. use these rules. What do you do when you travel? You ask for directions that's what! So with no further delay. it is time to consider the consequences. do you have any darn clue on what the answer will be and how to comprehend it? Perhaps.
Links Right . The rose branches may be cut. Weird analogy you might think? Well let me show you why.Norden East .Süden West . but the stem is strong and firm.Wie komme ich nach… How far is it to… .Wie weit ist es nach… Please speak slowly .Geradeaus North . bloom with flower petals. Conjugating a verb is sort of like cutting a rose.Straight ahead . It is not too difficult at all.Wo ist… How do I get to… . does not change.Vorwärts Left .Ankommen Where is… .Verlassen Arriving . and it is extremely important if you don't want to sound like a retard when speaking German! With no further delays. 19 . let us begin this lesson.Gehen Leaving . The stem of a rose. broken off.Zurück Forward . as we all know.Rechts Going .Osten South .Bitte sprechen Sie langsam German Verb Conjugation German verb conjugation is a great aspect of the German language.Westen Back . It is always constant.
Some verb endings are normally repeated and there is some sort of pattern to things. Locate the stem. and apply the change as necessary. and tripped. keep it constant. look. walked. So if we take the verb “gehen”. Now let us have a look at a German example. The same principles and ideas apply to the stems of verbs in German. and trip. It requires identifying the stem of the verb and knowing what to do with it. What are some verbs in English that we can look at first? Think of some off the top of your head. jumping. jump. Does that sound easy to you? It does to me. Which endings do you have to add to the stem? That depends on the context of the verb. Let me explain. what do you think the stem is? Right. walk. which alone is not a word. What is the stem of these verbs? The stem of these verbs is run. Well. looked.So is the stem of a verb. The infinitive form of regular German verbs ends with "en". Conjugation in German is not hard. it’s “geh”. once you find it. just the stem. to go. And the stem is this basic form without the ending. Do not get disheartened though. Now you may be wondering just how many verb endings the German language has. it does have more verb endings than English. Let us look at an example. For regular verbs in the present tense the endings are: „-e” ich gehe (I go) „-st“ du gehst (you go) „-t” er/sie/es geht (he/she/it goes) „-en“ wir gehen (we go) „-t“ ihr geht (you go) 20 . How about running.
For the singular verbs. and "t" respectively. and like in English the endings change with the tense you use (like we add “-ed” in the past tense). Singular verbs deal with the status of one.„-en“ sie gehen (they go) Unfortunately there are irregular verbs as well. "e". For some reason people tend to have a better understanding of all the verb types after they have seen the conjugation and separation of verbs. We took a look at the conjugation of verbs and how to do that in the last lesson. we would know that it does not change. If we can quickly go back and recap what a verb stem is. obviously. This is true for all regular verbs in 21 . the endings include. But you can learn and practice all that and more in detail using this course. What about irregular verbs? Do they not have a place in this language too? They most certainly do. the endings include. I will be reviewing verb endings with you. as well as irregular verbs. The same goes for German. The plural of that would be them. Here are a few of the endings for verbs. First. But we will tackle that in a minute. German Verbs I decided to place German verbs after German verb conjugation because I thought it would flow better. For the plural verbs. singular could mean him or her. "en". just to keep things simple. "st". and "t". In English. For this lesson. and let me show you just what they are all about. There are singular and plural endings. let us review the singular verb endings.
and have fun doing so! You may be interested to know that there are 170 irregular verbs in the German language. so be prepared for the unexpected. you will get the grasp of this with practice and only with practice will you master the basics. Let us take a closer look at how to distinguish between noun type and gender. That may seem a little daunting. There is a fine line here and it is important to understand. shoes.German. Remember. sky. What is a noun again? Are they not things. what about English? There are 283 irregular verbs in English. The stem stays constant. Irregular German verbs sometimes need to have the stem changed. In fact. which is placed on the ending of course! This is not true for irregular verbs. many of the verbs in the German are known as "stem changing". or neither. Nouns which are feminine in nature do not mean the noun is feminine. but. feminine. German Nouns Well after learning about verbs. You will learn German. 22 . sun. desk. and so on. boat. German nouns are not that difficult. Examples of nouns include computer. places. But their alphabet is crazy so we won't go there. cloud. masculine. singular. as it only has 1 irregular verb. water. Which languages have the least amount of irregular verbs? Well Chinese takes the cake with this one. cat. Let's have a look at a couple examples of irregular verbs. The only addition is the verb ending. camera. ideas. or people? Yes they most certainly are. as with anything. This depends on the use of course and what you are using the noun for. German nouns can be plural.
it may or may not give away the gender that it is. German Participles After all this. The "er" ending means masculine most of the time. If you want a lot of practice with German. Let us take a closer look. we come to German participles.If the noun is masculine. It has detailed games and audio with easy words to learn and follow along with. This depends on the context of the sentence or what the situation is all about. So sometimes you just have to roll with the facts folks. Again though. Nouns ending in "ik" normally are feminine. Depending on the noun's suffix. Choices of the noun can seem a little random and that is alright. Now obviously these are silly examples but you get the point. Each culture has its own history and way of shaping their language. Remember from previous lessons how certain words may be feminine or masculine? Well if a noun is associated with that word it is probably of the same gender. The suffix "in" is also a giveaway most of the time for a feminine noun. 23 . there are almost always exceptions to rules governing nouns. An example would be a male waiter. However. Also please note that the use of this can sometimes be used for turning something that is masculine in nature into a feminine word. What is a participle? A participle is a word which can take on a different form. it simply is referring to something of masculine nature. Keep this in mind as you go through your learning. give this course a try today. there are a few words ending in "in" which are not feminine. Knowing the gender will come with practice and speaking the German language. This is a masculine noun. A feminine noun would read a female waitress.
There is no present progressive tense in German and this is the reason why. So do not use participles in this tense. These types of participles can be used as an adverb or perhaps an adjective. These words are just misfits. A headache in the least! Words such as halt. German participles are words which can be used in more than one way. This is somewhat similar to the "ing" ending in English. Please note that there are no present participles which are used like the "ing" endings in English. there are a few obstacles which we will all inevitably run into along the way. Again it depends on the context of the sentence. nur. Why so much error though? There is so much error because these words must be used in different situations. What are these obstacles? They are the obstacles of participles. Make sure you know what form of participle to use though. A little ironic wouldn't you think? Did you know that a past participle can also be used as an adjective? The real difference between the usage of participles in English and German is that German requires certain endings on the participle if it precedes a noun. Everything is sort of "grouped" together. aber. Translation is a difficult aspect of some participles. That is true of some participles. A common form of endings for the present participles in German is the "end" ending. and schon are included in the troublemakers. Not even the German dictionary helps with dealing with participles. It has a great ring to it along with crisp clear words. I mentioned earlier in these lessons that not all words translate correctly. They can cause problems if you do not know when to use them. Try to remember that endings must match the grammar of the sentence. Past participles can also be used as an adverb. The word just does not translate correctly.German is a fun language to learn. plain and simple. Present 24 . However.
and so on. It can also mean "her". and more. or just the way the language originated. tools available. This is different from say. English pronouns include words such as we. it must have the same gender. be patient. I believe it is hands down the best German learning package available today. they. Although with the substitution. which is always a capital if on its own. I. The pronoun "ihr" can mean the plural of "you". German Pronouns Well you are almost completed with your journey of this free course. This is crazy is it not? No it is not. the letter "I" in English. Second person pronouns talk about the person who is being spoken too. But first. The German pronouns are a little similar. I strongly recommend that you continue your learning with this course. such as pronouns in the third person. the price (lowest out there). interactive games. customer support. Lastly. and case. 25 . Just to name a few real quick here. so you should have a basic understanding of how that works. audio downloads. You know how there are two ways of saying "you" in English? Well it is double that in German! The pronoun "ich" does not begin with a capital letter.participles are used more in writing than in speaking. the third person pronouns are used to substitute for nominal phrases. They may be placed in for a masculine or feminine noun. but with a small twist. For many reasons I believe this is true. back to German pronouns. Other things. Why is this so? Perhaps tradition. can take on different meanings. We already covered nouns though. First person German pronouns are referring to the speaker. you will learn in time.
practice makes perfect. As you memorize these phrases. You can memorize the words as you see fit. Most relationships are formal anyways when you first meet. German Greetings You may find it ironic that I chose to use German greetings as the final lesson in this free course. You can also use them as you see fit. you now have the basic understanding of the language and how it is used. Listed below I have put up a whole bunch of common greetings. Deutschland. later turning to a more casual way of saying hello. The usage of first names only in greetings is particularly common. The usage of the word "you" is very different in German than compared to English. when addressing pretty much anybody except yourself. I think it is appropriate for more than one reason. are really no longer relevant in most of today's society. Some of these you may already know but that is alright. Most of them are less than four words. if you find yourself becoming lost. 26 . or as the natives call it. After all. The "sie" you form is used in a general way.The older tradition of language has sort of fallen by the wayside. It never hurts to practice something again. German greetings are not that hard to master. Remember to use the formal greeting and you should be ok most of the time. However. These are very helpful for you folks out there that are planning on traveling to Germany. The polite forms of the word you. This would be accomplished by using "du". You also should head on over to this course and pick yourself up a copy if you want to practice and become proficient in German. just use the formal way of "Sie". please keep in your mind what we just went over. I cannot recommend this program highly enough. However.
Their language in general.Viel Glueck Take Care .Mag Ich? No Thanks .Groß May I? .Ich Bin Fein How Is The Weater? .Kein Dank 27 .Mag Ich Die Rechnung Haben? I Would Like.. Wonderful! .Beifall Great . However. after all. the rules still apply and you should approach the learning of the language with a strict coherence to the way it has been spoken for many generations.Hallo Goodbye .Wie Geht Es Ihnen? I Am Fine .As with all generations now..Fröhliche Ostern How Are You? .Auf Wiedersehen Later! .Wo Das Badezimmer Ist? May I Have The Bill? . Hello . who ever said that being polite was something to be ashamed about? I wish you the best in your learning and I will see you in the members’ area of this course. .Ich Möchte.Haben Sie Spaß Bye .Frohe Weihnachten Happy Easter .. the German culture is becoming more relaxed about the rules. This is a good thing.Ich Bin Traurig Good Luck .Später! Have Fun .Mach's Gut Cheers .Tschuess Merry Christmas . is a little more formal overall than English.Wie Das Wetter Ist? What Time Is It? ..Wundervoll! I Am Sorry .Welche Zeit Es Ist? Where Is The Bathroom? .
28 . You are able to play the audio tracks on your own personal audio player if you wish. Spanish is now almost taking the cake as the most spoken language in California. This course ensures that the process is an easy fun filled experience. Thanks for taking this course and I wish you the best. How many language products can boast about that? Not very many can at all. Learning German does not have to be a painful experience. Who is to say that German won't one day become a worldwide language? The world is in need of translators and writers. do you know that are able to speak a second language fluently? Probably not very many I might imagine. The world is a big place and someone who knows two languages instead of one has a major advantage in the competitive edge of the business world. Why learn German? Well for starters.Why Learn German? This is quite a good question actually. The workforce is in need and demand of people who have bilingual skills. Look at the United States for example. How many people just within your inner circle. The choice is yours for the taking. and seeing exactly what German is all about. The world is rapidly becoming more populated and with time. languages may become intermingled to the point where no nation has any one major language. why would you not want to expand your personal knowledge? The world is full of idiots and the remaining intellectual few are dwindling. I encourage you to continue the process of education and joyful learning by picking yourself up a copy of this course.
Now. The extra resources I get are great. I really like the Members Area. I have greatly increased my understanding of the pronunciation and vocabulary necessary to carry out conversations in German. and the instructions are simple and clear. too. I only had a basic understanding of German. thanks to your lessons. it has a colorful layout and is easy to maneuver. USA 29 . and couldn't find the time to attend classes and tutorials. and being able to read the ebook online helps a lot-no worries if I forget to bring the paper book with me. entertaining chemistry. Can't wait to go to Deutschland next year! The conversations are also really easy to listen to. without forking over $500 for a ten-week class that I hardly have the time for! The lessons have been great. and keep up the great work!" -James Brito NEW YORK.Success Story: James Brito "Before I got this course. Danke schon. Oh yeah. The MegaGerman game is really cool. and the voices in the online lessons are very entertaining! Nik and Paul have a fun. I can learn the language whenever I want.
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