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Erst Ordnung schaffen - The German Sense of Order

Erst Ordnung schaffen German sense of order

«Erst Ordnung schaffen.»

she proclaimed as she clipped a section my hair to the side and combed the section she was about to cut.


Erst Ordnung schaffen.

First, create order.


"Wow," I thought, "She's absolutely right. I've just moved to Germany, I've only now gotten a haircut appointment, and I'm not even unpacked yet. First I should get everything in order, and so many other elements will fall into place."

At that moment the hairstylist probably had no clue what an impact she would have on my life. Her comment was my official introduction to the German sense of order.

When you first create order, first get things in place, and you know where to start and you can see the next step or two (or maybe the whole path), whatever you've set out to accomplish becomes a lot less overwhelming. Much more achievable.

German grammar has a very specific sense of order. The main verb must stand on Position 2, you must use the Dative case after certain prepositions, etc. etc. etc.

When you understand the order of the German language, you understand the German sense of order better.

Likewise, when you understand the German sense of order, you understand the order of the German language better.

Also dann: erst Ordnung schaffen.

Whether you're brand new to German or coming back to it, you can understand the order of the German language better with a guide like the A1 German Sentence Structure Guide. It's a completely free, one-page guide to all of the sentence structure you need to know at the A1 level.

It's one page of German order.

Erst Ordnung schaffen.

To better "Ordnung" for your German

 

I'm going to be doing a lot of "Erst Ordnung schaffen" through the month of January, and you'll know it's done when the next blog post is published.

~Nicole

Erst Ordnung schaffen First create order

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