Hallo ihr lieben
and welcome to the second part of our German is Easy Mini Series
German Cases Explained – part 2
In part 1, which you can find here:
German Cases Explained – part 1
we wasted time with an introduction and then we talked about the cases nobody really cares about. The Nominative, which is the default case that every language kind of has, and Genitive which expresses possession for the most part. By the way, in the comments on that we were talking a bit about when to use real Genitive and there are some interesting points there. I’ll add them to the post when the lazyness wears off… if. Oh will it ever. Continue reading
and welcome. It is not gonna be a Word of the Day today but another episode of our German is Easy Learn German onli… what? I promised noch last time? Well, whatever. I need help for that but my philosopher friend had no time this week. So it’ll have to wait a little longer. Yes, I know you’re pissed but because today we’ll learn all there is to know about
So the question most learners have is
“How can I know which case to use? It’s soo confusing.”
The solution however is really really simple. Just check out the question. If you’d ask “Wen?” then it’s going to be Accusative or as we also call it … “wen-Fall”. If you’d ask “wem?” then it’s Dative (or Wem-Fall), for Genitive it’s wessen? and for Nominative it’s wer? Let’s do an example.
To forgive is vergeben (away-idea of the ver-prefix, anyone?). Now which case do we have to use this time. Well… let’s look at the question and find out.
SHA – BAAAAAMS. It’s Dative. Now, is that a kick ass system or what?
“But, Emanuel, I don’t know which question to ask in the fir…”
No,no,no… stop being so overly negative. It is really simple whether you like it or not… Continue reading
and welcome to our German Word of the Day. I have to write about noch. Still. I haven’t done it yet. I keep saying “I’ll do it soon.” whenever someone asks for it and then… well…. It is quite a burden, that word. So I figured the easiest way to deal with this is… to talk about something entirely different and forget about the whole thing for another week. And if you are frowning now… well perfect. Because today, we’ll do another Style Special, that is, we’ll look at lot of new vocabulary that we can forget… uhm… I mean… use….. and our subject this time is
Okay… we’ll not really talk about facial expressions as in what they express… like… anger or surprise. We will look at kind of the tools for that…. at the very basic moves you can do like smiling or blinking. By the way, the German word for facial expressions is die Mimik not to be confused with mimic… they’re false friends… well, actually they are really really good friends, they even work together. They’re just not brothers… but anyway. Let’s get right into it and face what you can do with your … face… yeah… that was lame, I know…
The German word for eye is das Auge and it is one of my favorite German words. Others are Lied , weinen , Tau or Steuerrückerstattung and I really like how they sound. But anyway… Continue reading
and welcome to our German Word of the Day. Winter is coming. But first it’s fall. Autumnnm. Herbst. The weather gets colder, the people grumpier. And as the days get shorter so do the words. Today we’ll have a look at the meaning of
Of course so is related to the English word so. But that is deceiving because the words are actually so different that German so is often NOT a good translation for English so. Today we’ll find out why and when. And we’ll find out what so is used for. But let’s start with a look at the very core of the word…
So is incredibly super hyper mega common. Yes. It is THAT common. At it’s heart, so is the sister of da. And you know how common da is I guess :).
But what does that mean exactly.. being the sister of da?
You see… in every language there are a handful of the same basic questions you can ask about an activity. I am talking about when, where, who, what, why and how.
Now… for each of those questions there is a potropit… tropopytic… uh… basic answer. An empty sound that gets its meaning entirely from context or from a hand gesture or something. Here’s what I mean….
Hallo ihr alle,
und willkommen. Ja, ich fange mal in Deutsch an :). Warum auch nicht? Schön oder? Garnicht so schwer zu verstehen. Vielleicht hätt ich das schon öfter gemacht haben worden sein könnt… okay that is not correct, don’t worry. I was just messing around. But I bet it was confusing. Oh speaking of confusing, today we’ll talk about reflexive … oh god, what a clumsy beginning…maybe I should go to that writers seminar in New Zealand… that might give me (wait for it) … new zeal and ..haha… oh come on!…. … … nothing? No smile? Man, this is going to be a tough show… oh speaking of tough, German has a lot of tough f… wow, this is so bad… German has a lot of features that make it hard for students of all levels to, well, like it. And if they do, it is probably a case of the Stockholm Syndrome.
“German?? They have 3 genders which they randomized and they make me learn them. And they have 1000 ways to build the plural and they feed me that, too. And it has cases … oh god, the cases. They make me choke. And German has one gazillion prepositions one bazillion of which you need every day … I … it’s a great language. I… I love it.”
“It is normal to feel that way. We’ll get treatment. You’ll be okay.”
Today, we’ll talk about one of the lesser evils of German. It is not en par with cases or plural but still, many people seem to have problems with it. So today, we’ll try to get our heads around
German Reflexive Verbs
Text books have chapters on them and courses spend time talking about them and a lot has been said online about them. But there is actually lot of confusion as to what reflexive verbs are.
And that is no wonder because for each language they work a little differently… or a little more. In Romance languages it makes a difference for how the past is constructed and in Russian you add something at the end of the verb.
So… we will start with a look at how it works in English and then delve into German.
But before we start, we need to have a quick look at the reflexive idea.. and an add campaign of the Reflexive LTD captured that pretty nicely: Continue reading