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Eine Aufgabe zum Thema ‘Regionale Akzente im Deutschen’

LUSTIG! Eine Aufgabe zum Thema ‘Regionale Akzente’: Höre das Video bis zum Ende (and don’t let the pause after the phone call confuse you).

    1.) Wen ruft der Mann an?
    2.) Warum ist er so aufgeregt?
    3.) Was ist der “Röschenhof” eigentlich? Und wo befindet er sich?
    4.) Hat der Mann recht? Ja / Nein / warum?
    5.) And why, oh_WHY_would I have_LOVED_to see his lower jaw when he said: “(…) Semikolon oben!” 😂

Herrlich! 😂

Best of German Grammar: Wann sagt man eigentlich “eigentlich?”

I was once asked by a learner of German: “Markus, wann sagt man eigentlich eigentlich?”, which translates to English as: “When does one actually say actually?”

Hmm, a good question which native speakers don’t think about very often. Of course, I could have embarked on a lengthy explanation of eigentlich as a modal particle, eigentlich as an adverb and eigentlich as an adjective; however, I doubt somehow that this would have earned me much appreciation. 😉

The other reason that kept me from doing so was that I didn’t know this in great detail myself at the time. Hence, I gathered lots and lots of examples which, hopefully, cleared this up a bit. I kept thinking, kept searching for a good example that demonstrates the actual versatility of this wonderful word. And I think I found it!

Read on…

Short Guide to German Pronunciation: VOWELS

The following is a list of German vowel sounds. They will be listed together with their written correspondents; this way you will be better able to relate the sounds to words that you know. Moreover, the instructions of their articulation will be based on English as a native language. When we learn a new language, there will always be a certain amount of influence by our mother tongue. Perhaps you have listened to a German person speaking English viss a tsherman accent. 😉

One more thing: When you read the examples, it will be really helpful to you if you say them out loud and pay attention to what is happening in your mouth, i.e. how your lips and tongue move.

Now let’s get started.

Short Guide to German Pronunciation – CONSONANTS

FThe following is a list of German consonant sounds. They will be listed together with their written correspondents; this way you will be better able to relate the sounds to words that you know. Moreover, the instructions of their articulation will be based on English as a native language. When we learn a new language, there will always be a certain amount of influence by our mother tongue. Perhaps you have listened to a German person speaking English viss a tsherman accent. 😉

One more thing: When you read the examples, it will be really helpful to you if you say them out loud and pay attention to what is happening in your mouth, i.e. how your lips and tongue move.

Now let’s get started.