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Taking German Language Lessons?

Watch Out for these Common Mistakes
If you are taking or about to take German language lessons, it is good to look o
ut for some common mistakes that most beginners make in the learning process. O
course, there is nothing wrong with making mistakes, the important thing is to l
earn from the mistakes and make a step forward and closer to proficiency. One of
the errors many beginners make is the assumption that the German adverb also mean
s also. Also in German means therefore. Thus, the sentence Es regnet. Also bleiben wir
zu Hause means Its raining. Therefore were staying home. The sentence Monika says she
is sick, so she is not coming today will read like this in German; Monika sagt, si
e ist krank, sie kommt heute also nicht.
The English terms too and also use the German auch. So in the sentence its raining and
ts windy, too, the German version would read Es regnet und es ist auch windig. Notic
e where auch has been positioned. Another common mistake is the confusion of the t
wo words dann and denn. In English, dann is the adverb then while the conjunction den
ns for in English. Understanding that the conjunction denn is used to connect two se
ntences together will make it easier to know exactly where to use in a sentence.
To give an example, the sentence Hes not working today because its Sunday would rea
d Er arbeitet heute nicht, denn es ist Sonntag. The conjunction denn would thus be u
sed for because or for words in the English language. The adverb dann or then in Engli
can be used in a sentence in the following format, Ich schreibe diesen Brief, da
nn gehe ich zur Post which in English reads, Im writing this letter, then Im going t
o the post office.
As you take your German language lessons, you will come to discover that there a
re two different words for friend in the German language. These are Freund in mascul
ine and Freundin in feminine. The plural Freundinnen is used to refer to more than o
ne female friend while the plural Freunde refers to more than one male or female f
riends together. Remember though that Germs are very choosy about who are their
friends and therefore use these words when referring to close friends, otherwise
stick to the word acquaintance or Bekannte. Also, of importance is the fact that
the words Freund and Freundin signify a boyfriend or a girlfriend. You will therefor
e need to be careful how you use these words. I hope these above pointers will h
elp you out in your German language lessons as you continue to lerne Deutch.