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.
Today, we’ll look at Accusative and Dative and see if we can find some core idea to each case. For Accusative there isn’t one, for Dative it’s “receiving”.
*spoile.. oh wait… should have said that first.
We will NOT talk about Accusative and Dative after prepositions. That will be for part 3.
All right. Now, to nicely groove into the matter, let’s talk a little background … again :). Sometimes, I like being repetetetive. I like it sometimes. 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
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
and welcome to another part of the German is Easy Learn German online course – the course that is not coarse!
German is Easy… because our puns are 30% lamer than those of competing courses.
… … … sorry… … …
Soooo… today we’ll do the second part of How to ask Questions in German. Last time, we learned everything about questions that have a question word… so questions like:
- Who am I?
- Why are we?
- What is reality?
- When does the milk expire?
If you have doubts about those questions check out part 1 here (disclaimer: the questions given here are merely examples. None of the above questions will be answered or discussed in the linked post)
Today, we’ll talk about the other main type of questions… the ones without question words …
- Is there such thing as reality?
- Is there a reason for our being here?
- Can reality be defined by an individual?
- Does milk expire?
We will talk about those questions and learn how to build them, which is ridiculously simple unless your native language is English… then, it is kind of like throwing a ball with the left hand :).
Also, we’ll look at some useful patterns and finally we’ll talk about an incredibly common way of answering yes or no questions… it’s super easy and it’ll make you sound super native. So… let’s dive right in, shall we? Continue reading
and welcome to our German is Easy Learn German Online Course . And today we’ll learn how to ask questions in German. Now, you’re like: “Pffffffff… asking… I got my I-Phone right here and I can just google everything I need to know.” That is certainly and totally true and a good argument against learning questions in German but your theory has one big flaw. Aliens.
What if Aliens came to invade earth. They’ll most certainly disrupt telecommunication with their Long-range-Shut-down-Smart-Phones-Ray right when they enter our solar system. And then what? How are you gonna find out where the next Starbucks is then? You will have to face the invaders without one of Starbucks’ amazing and refreshing Iced Chocolate Mocha in your system and that will be much much harder…. and then you find yourself spending the rest of your lamenting why you didn’t learn to ask questions in German when you had the chance to while you’re massaging hairy alien feet… hairy and STINKY alien feet….
So … who wants to learn how to ask questions in German? All of you? Awesome…. Continue reading