A1/1 An Introductory Lesson to German (for speakers of English)

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Ever so often it is being said that German is a hard language to learn and that German society is ruled by strict norms and sometimes somewhat unusual values. Yet, every year, many people strive to learn the language for very different reasons.
Here, you will gain an insight into what it is that really constitutes German society and how we bring language and culture into concept. -- Come and see for yourself

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A1/1 An Introductory Lesson to German (for speakers of English)

  1. 1. Welcome to your introductory course on German language!Ever so often it is being said that German is a hard Germanlanguage to learn and that German society is ruled bystrict norms and sometimes somewhat unusualvalues. Yet, every year, many people strive to learnour language for very different reasons. Trial LessonHere, you will gain an insight into what it is that reallyconstitutes German society and how we bringlanguage and culture into concept. The trail lesson is approximately 30 minutes long and constitutes anintroduction to the German language.
  2. 2. First of all, let us explore what you already know of German by just being you!
  3. 3. The Great advantage for those who  speak English  is the linguistic correlation between  both languages Have a look at these words  and see whether you understand their meaning …
  4. 4. Maus Vater Haus Mutter  Arm  Sommer Hand  Winter  Finger  Schuh Ball  Land  Bus Sand  Eis  Gras Kindergarten Glas
  5. 5. Did you understand their meaning? Maus Here they are again Finger Arm Haus Hand Ball Eis Bus Kindergarten
  6. 6. Gras MutterVater Glas Sand Sommer Land Winter Schuh
  7. 7. You have just discovered something very  important! German and English belong to the same linguistic family.  So: Think of German as an English dialect. Here are some more examples to help you  understand this concept  …
  8. 8. laut – loud When looking at these  words, you can see that fein – fine some changes in  spelling and gut – good pronunciation occur.  Generally speaking weiß – white however, the  similarities are far rot – red more dominating. grün – green Read carefully and  follow the changing braun – brown sounds.groß – great (big, tall)
  9. 9. laut – loudfein – finegut – goodweiß – whiterot – redgrün – greenbraun – browngroß – great (big, tall)
  10. 10. MetamorphosesTime and distance gradually contributed to both languages evolving separately as cultural concepts and thus language  grew more and more apart.However, observe how you can easily find the right word by  adding or taking away a couple of letters. It’s a bit like magic really.  But great magicians need practice, too. 
  11. 11. Observe letters and sounds
  12. 12. The secret of the famous long words In German, words are open to variation. In difficult situations you simply create your own. a is a shoe that isslipper worn inside a house 1+1 = 2
  13. 13. The secret of the famous long words In German, words are open to variation. In difficult situations you simply create your own. a is a shoe that isslipper worn inside a house 1+1 = 2
  14. 14. Try to create your own a is a shoe wornglove on a hand
  15. 15. Try to create your own a is a shoe wornglove on a hand
  16. 16. Now, it’s your turn????
  17. 17. Now, it’s your turn? Fingerhandschuh? Handball? Gartenhaus? Fingerring
  18. 18. Like most other European languages, German  is closely related to Latin.Not only do we use many words deriving from  Latin but our grammar is based on that of  ancient Rome. It is fairly simple and straight forward  …
  19. 19. SyntaxMeine Mutter ist gut. – My mother is good. Mein Name ist Karl. – My name is Carl.
  20. 20. Let’s summarise Basic German syntax equals that of English sentences. Both follow the rule: Subject - Verb - Object Meine Mutter ist gut. My mother is good.All  nouns (persons, physical and visual objects) begin with a Capital letter Meine Mutter Mein Name
  21. 21. All  nouns are Gender‐related Masculine Feminine Neutral der Name die Mutter das Haus Their Gender is determined by the Direct Article ‘the’ which changes to ‘der’ for  masculine, ‘die’ for feminine and ‘das’ for neutral nouns. Their Indirect Article ‘a’ changes to ‘ein’ for masculine or neutral nouns, and  ‘eine’ for feminine nouns. ein Name eine Mutter ein Haus Similarly the possessive pronoun ‘my/mine’ changes to ‘mein’ for masculine and  neutral nouns, and to ‘meine’ for feminine nouns.In the Plural, however, all nouns obey to the feminine form of ‘the’, ‘a’ and ‘my’!
  22. 22. See if you find the equivalent in the other language
  23. 23. See if you find the equivalent in the other language
  24. 24. Can you create your very own sentences by  exchanging words?
  25. 25. Can you create your very own sentences by  exchanging words?
  26. 26. You have just mastered the first steps to learning German

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