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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! 😂

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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…

#TagDerMuttersprache -Wieso ist etwas #UnterAllerKanone?

Viele von uns werden die Redewendung, dass etwas unter aller Kanone ist, schon einmal gehört haben – sei es

    seitens unserer Eltern bei der Betrachtung unseres Kinderzimmers oder
    seitens unserer Lehrer bei der Rückgabe einer Klassenarbeit.

Einige von uns haben mit dieser Floskel vielleicht beim Urlaubsrückblick schon einmal zum verbalen Vergeltungsschlag gegen die Hotelküche am Urlaubsort ausgeholt. Doch was hat es mit dieser ominösen Kanone eigentlich auf sich? Hier geht es weiter zur Erklärung.

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.

The Importance Of correct-pronunciation

Inspired by a recent post on DW.de – 10 German Words Non-Germans Can’t Pronounce, I have decided to revisit my short guide to German pronunciation which was previously published here on this website and in the bulletin of the German Teachers Association of Ireland: GDI Bulletin – Short Guide to German Pronunciation by Markus Böttner

Before listing a selection of German sounds (phonemes) and offer suggestions for their correct articulation from an English native speaker’s perspective in the next two posts on this website, I would like to draw your attention to pronunciation in general and, moreover, why correct pronunciation is underrated.

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I love the #English #Language for its straight forwardness

German is claimed to be a very flowery language in which one subordinate clause chases another. true. After all, we, the Germans, intend to live up to our forefathers’ reputation to be “the land of poets and philosophers”. English, by contrast, is much more straight forward with its no-nonsense attitude towards just getting the message across, as the following example demonstrates:
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