Category Archives: German

Don’t forget – Learning German Quickly Google+ Chat tonight 7pm Eastern

That’s right… moving to chapter 2!

Don’t forget to join us.

Also, don’t ever, ever, open up Google+ chat to the public.

Trust me.

First Learning German Quickly Session is done

It was great. We did a little pronunciation. Had some fun.

For thus unable to join us, no worries. We got through the first chapter.

I’ll recommend rereading the intro and first chapter and joining us for chapter 2 next week.

Same time, same place.

Don’t Forget, today is the Learning German Quickly on Google+

Now, even if you don’t have a copy, you can join us. I will open up the hangout at about 6:55 Eastern on Google+.

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Use Facebook to help in learning German

Thanks to Tom for this –

Go to the lower right hand side of your facebook homepage, click on the ‘English (US)’ link. It will open up your language settings. Click on ‘Western Europe’ and then on ‘Deutsch’

Orthodox Advice on Learning German

Thanks to Ken for this…

The problem with learning any new language is that it isn’t just one thing to learn; it is several quite distinct things that each must be mastered. You can have a perfect understanding of grammar but have to look up every other word in a dictionary. Or you can learn to speak fluently but not be able to read a sentence. Grammar, reading, writing, speaking, hearing–each is a distinct skill with plenty of overlap but not as much as one might expect. Each requires its own distinct strategies–and lots of practice–which can make learning a language very frustrating and time-consuming. I’ve studied eight languages now, and the only one I can claim to have mastered in all of these areas… is English. (here)

Resources for Learning German (Group to Assemble 14 June on Google+ – All are welcome)

Unique Traits of the German Alphabet:

  • More than 26 letters in the alphabet – German has a so called extended latin alphabet
  • The extra letters are ä, ö, ü and ß
  • The pronunciation of some of these letters do not exist in the English language
  • Several letters are pronounced more from the back of the throat: g, ch, r (though in Austria the r is trilled).
  • The W in German sounds like the V in English
  • The V in German sounds like the F in English
  • Most of the time the S in German sounds like Z in English when placed at the beginning of a word followed by a vowel.
  • The letter ß is the only letter that will never be at the beginning of a word.

    Click on the following letters to hear them pronounced. (Audio saved as .wav files.)

    Das Deutsche Alphabet/ The German Alphabet

    Buchstabe/ Letter Aussprache des Buchstabenamens/ Pronunciation of letter name Aussprache des Buchstaben – wie in/ Sound of Letter – as in Beispiele/ Examples
    A a ah astronaut der Adler (eagle), Januar(January)
    B b approximate: bay baby der Bruder (brother), aber (but)
    C c approximate: tsay creative, Celcius (soft c sound in German sounds likets) der Chor, der Christkindlmarkt(south German term for der Weihnachtsmarkt/ Christmas market), Celcius
    D d approximate: day dollar Dienstag (Tuesday), oder (or)
    E e approximate: ay elegant essen (to eat), zuerst (first)
    F f eff effort der Freund (friend), offen (open)
    G g approximate: gay gorgeous gut (good), gemein (mean)
    H h haa hammer der Hammer, dieMühle (mill)
    I i eeh Igor der Igel (porcupine), der Imbiss(snack), sieben (seven)
    J j yot yellow das Jahr (year), jeder (each)
    K k kah camel das Kamel, der Kuchen (cake)
    L l ell love die Leute (people), das Land(land)
    M m em man der Mann, die Ameise
    N n en nice nicht (not), die Münze (coin)
    O o oh oven Ostern (Easter),rot (red)
    P p approximate: pay party die Polizei (police), der Apfel
    Q q koo coral das Quadrat (square), die Quelle(source)
    Note: All German words start with qu (kw – sound)
    R r approximate: er rich der Rücken (the back), der Stern(star)
    S s es zoo, shine, mouse summen (to hum), schön (pretty, nice), die Maus
    T t approximate: tay tyrant der Tyrannacht (eight)
    U u ooh ou sound in you die Universität (university), derMund (mouth)
    V v fow father der Vogel (bird), die Nerven(nerves)
    W w approximate: vay van die Wange (cheek), das Schwein(pig, wieviel (how much)
    X x ix sounds like kz das Xylofon/ Xylophon, die Hexe(witch)
    Note: There are hardly any German words that start with X
    Y y uep-si-lohn yellow die Yucca, der Yeti
    Note: There are hardly any German words that start with Y.
    Z z tset sounds like ts die Zeitung (newspaper), derZigeuner (gypsy)

    Umlaut + ß

    Aussprache des Buchstaben/ Pronunciation of Letter Beispiele/ Examples
    ä sounds similar to the e in melon ähnlich (similar), gähnen (to yawn)
    ö sounds similar to the i in girl Österreich (Austria), der Löwe(lion)
    ü no equivalent nor approximate sound in English über (over),müde (tired)
    ß(esszet) double s sound heiß (hot),die Straße (street)
  • Learn more specifics of several German letters and their dipthongs in the following articles:
    Pronunciation Part 2
    Pronunciation Part 3
  • Starting to feel comfortable with German pronunciation? Put your pronunciation to the test with these Zungenbrecher (tongue twisters).
  • More pronunciation practice with these Alphabet Exercises.
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Daily German Verse – 6/6

Nun wir denn sind gerecht geworden durch den Glauben, so haben wir Frieden mit Gott durch unsern HERRN Jesus Christus

Remember, this is from the Luther translation (I believe)