Jens just introduced himself. So how would you ask Jens’s grandma if she speaks German without offending her? Which “you” pronoun would you use?Â, (Don't forget it! Grammar. In German, there are two common word orders, one for main clauses and one for subordinate clauses. The most important "little" words — I, you, he, she, they, it. So, here’s what you’ll need for a self German self introduction. Why? Introduce yourself back! An introduction gives you something to say right now! Where? Jens didn't pay much attention to his language classes in school, so he likes to stick to vacation spots where he can speak his native language, German. How? How to form basic questions in German, Lesson 9: Smalltalk! When? ), Lesson 1: Meet Jens — Your German language tour guide, Introductions, personal pronouns, formal vs informal address, and the important verb "to be", Lesson 2: You already speak German! Take these examples: But in German, they have a completely different word for you depending on whether you are speaking informally (to a friend) or formally (to a superior or a stranger).Â. You are speaking German really well already!') Hallo, Pooh, you're just in time for a little smackerel of something. The main clauses are like the English SVO, while the subordinate clauses have a conjunction in the first position followed by the subject and the object, with the verb appearing at the end. Just as in other languages, it does take some time to get a grasp of the grammar. True, prepositions are one of the trickier elements of German grammar, but once you've mastered the cases that go with each preposition, your battle is half won. written by germanwordoftheday. How to compare things in German (i.e., better, best) using comparatives and superlatives. Congratulations! BASIC GERMAN: A GRAMMAR AND WORKBOOK Basic German: A Grammar and Workbook comprises an accessible reference grammar and related exercises in a single volume. Just as in English, you will have to conjugate your German verbs in the language. Before Jens can bring you back to meet his grandma, we have to clear something up. They may recall the trouble they had learning English grammar when they were younger. The other half of the battle is knowing which preposition to use. German uses two indefinite articles “ein” and “eine” which stand for “a” or “an” in English and three definite articles “der”, “die” and “das” that correspond to the English “the”. (kind of...), English/German similarities, cognates, false friends, and the rise of "Denglisch". Now he's stuck on his grandma's couch for the summer, and he doesn't exactly have the nicest things to say about his family... Jens is bringing you home to meet his family! For instance, the English preposition "to" can be translated into at least six different ways in German. (Kind of...), English/German similarities, cognates, false friends, and the rise of “Denglisch", The structure of regular verbs, and the important verb "to have", How to compare things in German (i.e., better, best) using comparatives and superlatives, What "cases" are, why you need them, and how to use the nominative and accusative cases, What the "dative" is, when to use it, and why it's the, The most important "little" words — I, you, he, she, they, it, How to talk about people using the verb "to be", Tell me about your brother _______________, Tell me about your sister _______________, Tell me about your parents _______________. How to talk about people using the verb "to be". So if you want to ask a person if they speak German, you’d have to decide whether or not to use the formal or informal. What about your house? This will help you to learn German quickly, and to have fun while you are doing it. For example, “I go” would become “she goes”. Short introduction to German grammar terms. Lesson 3: Attack of the German sounds and symbols! (We'll get into that more later, but for now, take a look at this one verb.). That leaves him with three main choices: Jens loves The Sound Of Music, so he decides to explore Austria. Achetez neuf ou d'occasion However, grammar doesn’t have to be a source of frustration of confusion. written by germanwordoftheday. He’ll help you navigate the basics of German grammar and vocabulary. How many? An Introduction to German Prepositions. Retrouvez An Introduction to German Grammar et des millions de livres en stock sur Noté /5. Noté /5. How to pronounce German words: How to say those Ä, Ö, Ü symbols and that weird ß thing, Lesson 4: Introduction to German nouns (and nieces), German nouns, noun genders, plural nouns, and all the different ways to say "the", Lesson 5: German greetings and essentials.