and welcome to our German Word of the Day. And today, finally, we will have a look at the meaning of
Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat??… but… but the poll???!!! Emanuel, you fraud…
I sense some serious frustration coming my way right now, I’m sorry. I just couldn’t resist :). But hey, come on… of course we need to first evaluate the poll. Noch does look like a winner in the projections but we need to wait till we have an exact count… seriously though… I have to prepare noch first, so for today it’s just nach.
And actually… there is nothing “just” about it. It is not “just” nach, it is n to the freakin’ ach, maaaan. Naaaaach. You know… THAT nach. The really cool one. It is soooo useful, my goodness. It has a local meaning and it has a temporal meaning and both are causing trouble. And then it has a core meaning which is super divers and of course it is also a prefix… and a very productive one at that. So today we’ll learn where nach comes from, what it means, how to use it and when not to use it. Sounds good? Cool. Continue reading
and welcome to our German Word of the Day. When it comes to successful language learning, 2 days can make all the difference. Don’t believe me? Well…
“Learning a language is definitely possible.”
“Learning a language in 2 days is definitely… impossible.”
Now you’re probably like “The jokes used to be funny around here, what happened?”. But the truth is… they never really were funny… just funnier. The joke is not funny, just funnier. Hold on. Not warm, just warmer. Not weird, just weirder… isn’t this an oxymoron?
Anyway… the real reason for these stupid intros is of course creating a very smooth, seamless, natural transition to the topic. And today we did greatly. We’ll look at the meaning of
Möglich consists of the two parts mög and lich. Lich is related to like and it is one of the most common ways to create and adjective in German… männlich, weiblich, sächlich. You might know those 3 from going on your nerves. Oh and speaking of nerves… -lich, -lig, -ig, -ich, -isch. Continue reading
and welcome to another part of our German is Easy Learn German online course… the coursiest course under the sun.
We do it in the gym, we do it at school, we do it when we’re visiting a friend for the first time, we do it when we have a new partner… or an old partner, we do it when we meet new people, we do it when we read a magazine, we do it all the time …and it makes us really really happy. Always. It can be incredibly hellthy… ops… haha… I mean healthy, it is healthy for us. Today we’ll learn about
comparisons in German
Like… this is bigger than that and so on. Usually the rules for making comparisons in a language are rather simple. But in German it is… well… nah kidding. Admit it you were worried a bit :). It’s pretty simple actually. Sure, there are some speed bumps like weird forms and sentence structure but nothing too bad. Today we’ll learn all about regular comparisons and we’ll see what the more-form is and how to build it. In part 2, we’ll look at the most-form and we’ll find out what the difference is between am besten and das Beste. And of course we’ll start… with a little background.
I looove background. Maybe I should ask it out some day. Then I could introduce it to my friends and be like “Steve, this is my background. Background, this is Steve, my produc….” What? Nooo, I’m not high… never am. I’m just a dork, that’s all… anyway… where were we… uhm… yeah background on comparisons.
So… we want to compare two items, A and B. There are two approaches to doing that or better, two points of view. Now, of course we can compare A to B and B to A but that is not what I mean. I mean, that we can talk about equality or about difference. Continue reading
and welcome to our German Word of the Day. And it’s time for another one fo those words that people use every day but that are kind of below the radar when it comes to learning vocab. Today we’ll look at the meaning of
Überhaupt consists of the two parts über and Haupt. Über is a preposition and for those little fellows there is never THE ONE translation… but über is quite consistent as it means over most of the time.
Just making sure :).
Now for Haupt. I think the one word with Haupt that most of you know is Hauptstadt which means capital. That makes sense because Haupt and capital are related. The original meaning of Haupt however is head. That makes sense because they are related. And there are other wor… Wait what? Haupt is related to capital and Haupt is related to head. That means that capital is related to head? That’s … uhm… unexpected. But then again, there is per capita income meaning per person income and the old Germanic keyboard has c and h right next to each other and they barely had spell checking… except for some shamans, maybe …get it?… like… spell like magica… gee, you guys are soo serious all the time. Continue reading
and welcome to the last part of the mini series on
German adjective endings
So far, things were simple. Part 1 (find it here), the most important one, was about adding an -e to the adjective as soon as it precedes a noun, no matter what. Seriously. If you haven’t read it, then do it. In part 2 (find it here) we learned to add an extra -n to that whenever the article looks weird. If you just do that, you should get about 70 % correct. Today, we’ll take care of the extra 15 %. Oh… I mean 25% . Sorry… haha… a bit shaky with the math right there.
Now, so far it was all easy peasy but this is gonna end today. “German grammar ist kein ponyhof” as a common proverb says. Have you heard of the 80/20 rule? It’s like… you can drink 80% of an XXL Latte with hazelnut with joy and little effort but you need to really want to finish it to drink the remaining… uhm… the remaining percent. It’s no different for adjective endings. Today will be theoretical and tedious. You be super exhausted so frustrated that you will never want to speak German aga..
(wait a second… that’s not how they explained it at this “Explain things seminar”. What did the guy say? … uhm… pretend that it’s easy… yeah, that’s it… quick… must act or I’ll lose them)
and that’s why today it’ll be surprisingly easy. We’ll breeze through a few rules and a few concepts and shabams… we’re done. We’re basically done already, we just need to wrap up the whole thing. It’ll be a walk in the park…
(By the time they realize it’s the Rocky Mountain national park, it’s too late… ) guahahhahahahaha… oh… did I just do the evil laughter loudly? Damn… anyway… without any further ado, here we go…. with a little bit of background.
The Awful German marking system
German. It has
three way too many genders, four way too many cases and 2715 WAAAAAY to many ways to build the plural. Continue reading