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Ein Gedicht: Wenn die Hoffnung nicht wär

Wenn die Hoffnung nicht wär

Guten Morgen allerseits!

Heute habe ich ein Gedicht für euch. So können Sie das Gedicht lernen:

1. Laden Sie das PDF herunter und lesen Sie das Gedicht.

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2. Schlagen Sie Wörter nach, die Ihnen neu sind. Schreiben Sie einen Kommentar, wenn Sie eine Frage haben.

3. Schauen Sie das Video.

4. Schauen Sie das Video nochmal und sprechen Sie mit.

5. Sprechen Sie das Gedicht laut vor. Gut ist's!

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Good morning everyone!

Today I have a poem for you. Here's how you can lear…

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Was wollen Sie jetzt lernen?

was wollen jetzt lernen learn now

Liebe Leserinnen, liebe Leser,

auf Deutsch:

mit der neuen Website gibt es einiges an kostenlose Materialien für Sie. Ich möchte Ihnen mehr zum Lernen anbieten, da wir uns in einer sehr außergewöhnlichen Situation befinden. Aber dafür brauche ich Informationen von Ihnen.

Was möchten Sie von mir für Deutsch? Was wollen Sie in den nächsten Wochen lernen? Und *wie* wollen Sie es lernen?

auf Englisch:

With the new website there are quite a few free materials for you. I would like to offer you mo…

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The #1 Way People Fail at Learning German

The 1 Way People Fail at Learning German

How many times have you heard this: somebody traveled to Germany and came back with a story that ends with "Gee, I'm glad somebody spoke English!" ?

If I had a dollar for every time I've heard that story...

Most of the people who tell me this story have actually (tried many times) to learn German. But they didn't ever really learn anything. And they all sound the same, because they all have one thing in common. One thing that they all did wrong when they were learning German.

 

 

They tried…

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9 Easy Back-to-School Gifts for German Learners

9 Easy Back-to-School Gifts for German Learners

Do you need a German back-to-school gift?

If you're not sure what to give your favorite German learner, here are 9 fantastic ideas, all available from Amazon.com.

The links below are affiliate links. They are marked with an (A), which means that if you click through that picture/link and make a purchase, I'll receive a small amount of that purchase as a thank-you.

More than anything, I want you to buy the best back-to-school gift possible for your favorite German student!

Los geht's!

Für al…

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3 Things I Say When Clients Don't Do Their Homework

3 Things I Say When Clients Don't Do Their Homework

I do not have German students, I have German clients.

This creates a different kind of dynamic than you’d find in some classroom settings, but my clients still get homework in their lessons. Sometimes they get a lot of homework, sometimes they get little homework, but when they don’t do their homework, I do have something to say about it.

Here are the three things they often hear me say, which probably aren't what you'd expect.

Sometimes clients look really, really guilty and then they tell m…

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Why I Loathe Trick Questions in German Learning Books

Why I Loathe Trick Questions in German Learning Books

Heads-up: this is a rant post.

A long time ago I used a German book for both classes and lessons that wasn’t a good fit for either population. I didn’t like the layout, I didn’t like the cartoons, the instructions weren’t always clear, and sometimes the workbook exercises differed from what was in the chapter.

That made teaching with this book difficult, and it created an excessive amount of prep work, which caused me a lot of stress, because it also didn’t answer my students’ many questions. …

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When do I use "geheiratet" and "verheiratet"?

When do I use _geheiratet_ and _verheiratet__

"Geheiratet." Nein. "Verheiratet." Ich weiss es nicht!

I know how it goes, these two can be really tricky, however they are similar enough to English that you can learn a couple of associations to help you keep them apart in your mind.

Sometimes you simply need rote memorization, and sometimes you need a way of remembering which one is which. Sometimes this is an Eselsbrücke (a "donkey-bridge" or a mnemonic device), sometimes you need an association, and sometimes you need a picture in your mi…

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What's the Difference Between "Verkehr" and "Stau"?

What's the Difference Between _Verkehr_ and _Stau__

When you're at the A1 level, "Verkehr" and "Stau" can be tough to differentiate. Most people say "It has something to do with cars!!" If you said that, you're correct! But what's the difference?

The difference is essentially the same as in English, but one use of "Verkehr" might trip you up.

Read on to learn the difference and how not to get tripped up by the one use of "Verkehr"!

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volkswagen beetle mdWas bedeutet "Verkehr"?

 Verkehr is simply the word for traffic. You can have multiple types of Verkehr:

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"wohin" vs. "woher"

wohin vs woher which one to use when

If you learned German in college, chances are you learned both “woher” and “wohin” at the same time.

Do you ever drive in reverse and forwards at the same time?

I didn't think so.

Why so many US textbook authors think this is a good idea is beyond me.

In drivers education, first you learn to drive forwards, you get a feel for the car, and then you learn to drive in reverse.

It's not that hard, textbook authors!

 

*Nicole facepalms and sighs with exasperation.*

 

That's a really good way…

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"zu" vs. "nach"

zu vs nach which one to use when

"Zu..." no. "Nach..."

Wait! Which one do I use? GAH!

Have you said that before? I bet you have, as I’ve heard it from every beginning German learner I’ve worked with. And a lot of intermediate level speakers, too.

The difference is: with “zu” and “nach,” size makes a difference. But not how you might think.

 When do I use “zu”?

“Zu” is used for places like

  • die Bäckerei
  • die Post
  • your friend Michael’s house
  • die Arbeit
  • die Bushaltestelle

These are, in fact, all smaller places. A …

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