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What is the Plusquamperfekt?

What is the Plusquamperfekt

The Plusquamperfekt is a form of the past tense in German.

It's generally reserved for high intermediate and advanced learners at levels B2 and C1.

If you're not there yet, I recommend you save this blog post for later.

The remainder of this blog post is in German, as is the explanation video.

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Das Plusquamperfekt ist sehr hilfreich, wenn Sie über zwei verschiedene Ereignisse reden wollen, und beide bereits passiert sind.

Es kann viel Spaß machen, wenn Sie das Plusquamperfekt bilden und au…

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Regular and Irregular German Verbs: What's the Difference?

Regular and Irregular German Verbs Whats the Difference

 

Almost all of the people who sign up for private German lessons have already run into German verbs and their conjugations.

 

When we get to the Perfekt (the present perfect or spoken past tense), it's always interesting to hear what they think of it so far.


Here are a few of the top questions people have asked me about learning the Perfekt:

  1. Are these regular or irregular verbs?

  2. What's the difference between them?

  3. What's the pattern for these verbs? And for these verbs? And f…

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Lernen Sie trennbare Verben ~ Learn German Separable Verbs

trennbare Verben lernen learn separable verbs

Today you get to learn separable verbs (trennbare Verben) just like one of my German clients!

This is a technique I've used with dozens of German learners and it makes separable verbs a kinaesthetic exercise--and that in two different ways.

You'll need print out or write out some cards, and to have one supply to have ready when you start the video.

Los geht's!

Step 1: Print out or make these cards of trennbare Verben

Download this PDF of 4x6 cards and print them.

If you can't print them, …

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Nicole reads aloud: "der Kobold in der Mühle" from the Brothers Grimm

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A Kobold is a "house spirit," a German folk being who takes care of household tasks and sometimes causes mischief.

Britannica.com has a fantastic description of a Kobold that includes this important information:

"...mischievous household spirit who usually helps with chores...He is temperamental and becomes outraged when he is not properly fed. He sometimes sings to children."

Can you imagine that kind of Hausgeist being your Gute Nacht Geschichte?

Creepy!

There are different interpreta…

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Take this Relaxing Video Trip to Bavaria

Take This Relaxing Video Trip to Bavaria

Wenn man nicht reisen kann, egal ob man zu wenig Geld hat oder es eine Pandemie gibt, kann man immer das Internet benutzen, um eine virtuelle Reise zu machen.

Es kostet nichts und man kann die gleiche Reise immer wieder machen.

Diese Woche gibt es eine Videoreise nach Bayern. Sie können verschiedene Seen sehen, eine Wiese, verschiedene Städte und vieles mehr.

Kommen Sie für 4 Minuten, 30 Sekunden mit nach Bayern. 

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When the time isn't right to travel, no matter if it's because money is tigh…

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einen Zungenbrecher üben Practice a Tongue Twister

German tongue twister Zungenbrecher üben

der Zungenbrecher = tongue twister

Heute können Sie einen Zungenbrecher üben! Hier können Sie das PDF herunterladen:

 PDF herunterladen

Dann schauen Sie das Video. Ich helfe Ihnen dabei, das /ts/ aussprechen zu können und den Zungenbrecher zu lernen. Viel Spaß dabei!

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auf Englisch:

Today you can practice a tongue twister! You can download the PDF here:

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And then watch the video. In the video I'll help you correctly pronounce the /ts/ sound and to learn the tongue twister. Ha…

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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.

PDF herunterladen

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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This Video Proves that Germans Have Humor

This Video Proves that Germans Have Humor


Q: How many Germans does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: One. We are efficient and don't have humor.

*GROAN*

That's simply not true! Have you been to a German wedding where a guest prepares a game for the bride & groom to play? Usually it's something along the lines of "How well do they really know one another?" Or a guest prepares a kind of comedy show with funny skits for the other guests to enjoy. Germans do have humor, it's simply different than what we expect.

If you still don't…

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How to Pronounce the Ach-Laut in German

How to Pronounce the Ach-Laut in German

 The long-awaited Ach-Laut video is here! Hurra!

The "Ach-Laut" means the "ach sound" and it is the airy, throaty sound you hear in the words "ach" and "machen." Phonetically, this sound is written as /X/ and to that we say "ach." In this video I've broken down for you:

1. What the sound /X/ is and what it isn't.

2. How to feel where it takes place and

3. How to practice the sound, first slowly and then speeding it up step-by-step.

The words we concentrate on in this video are Ach, Bach, Sa…

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Do you know the Elefantfahrstuhlführeraufzugsleiter?

Do you know the Elefantfahrstuhlführeraufzugsleiter

Do you know him yet? The Elefantfahrstuhlführeraufzugsleiter? If not, it's high time you did! And you can learn some German with a song so easy, so fun, and with characters you'll recognize? Not only does it have a catchy tune, but it'll probably put a swing in your step, too!

Ladies and gentlemen, I welcome you to German Sesame Street: Sesamstraße.

This apparently was originally named the "I'm the Elephant Elevator Operator" so you get the gist of this video. Let's break down the name from Ge…

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