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Lektion Eins
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  • Choose which goal(s) you will work on each time you study and use a variety of resources addressing that goal.
  • Use the resources as often as necessary in whatever order works best for you.
  • Repeat the exercises until you have mastered them. Read corrected sentences aloud two or three times.
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  • When you are ready, take the test for this lesson. Find the test by clicking the link in the navigation bar at the top of the page.
  • Viel Glück!
  1. Vocabulary: Alphabet, Numbers, Telling Time, Greetings, Most-Used Words, Basic Vocabulary.
  2. Increase vocabulary: Careers.
  3. Grammar: Nouns: Review Nominative Case, the Case of the Subject.
  4. Grammar: Verbs: Review Present Tense of Regular & Irregular Verbs, Modals
  5. Speaking: Dialog Eins reinforces vocabulary and grammar of Lektion Eins.
  6. Listening: Chorale of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
  7. Reading & Writing: Biographical information about Beethoven.
  8. Writing: Introducing yourself.
Ziel 1. Elementary-level vocabulary review.
  1. Review basic vocabulary: Alphabet, Numbers, Telling Time, Greetings, Basic Vocabulary. These resources include sound files.
  2. A video on YouTube: Great for learning greetings: Interviewer greets passersby.
  3. A student video on YouTube: mit einem unerwarteten Ende!. Das macht Spaß! Very good for learning time expressions.
  4. Quiz on telling time (
  5. Another exercise on telling time.
  6. First Expressions, Wortschatz Eins. These are convenient for printing out, making flash cards, and carrying along for quick "study breaks".
  7. Click here for additional practice with greetings and pleasantries.
  8. Click here to review numbers from 0 - 20. (sound files).
  9. Click here to review numbers from 20 - 100 (sound files).
Ziel 2. More vocabulary.
  1. Berufe (Careers). The German site by Hyde Flippo is a treasure. Click here for vocabulary relating to professions. Working with the charts, write short sentences naming someone you know who is an example of as many of the professions as you can.  For example “Tante Emily ist Krankenschwester.” “Ich bin Studentin.” “Vater ist Geschäftsmann.”  “Mein Freund Max ist Musiker.”  (You need not proceed to the accusative case right now; we will review accusative in Lektion 2.)
    Click here for exercises associated with this page.
Grammatik & Wortschatz
Ziel 3. Grammar: Review Nominative Case, the Case of the Subject.

Glossary of Grammatical Terms

This reference tool will assist you in comprehending explanations of grammar. It defines terms and gives examples in English and German. Use as needed.

  1. Review Nominative Case forms. Do the exercises linked at the bottom of the page. Learn the vocabulary.
    Read “An Explanation of Case” up to the heading “Other Uses of the Accusative.”
  2. Hyde Flippo ( on Nominative Case (the case of the subject).
  3. Read "What are "der"- and "ein"-words?" Learn the patterns for the nominative case.
  4. Click on “Pronouns in German” and read it through, up to the heading “Relative Pronouns.” Do the exercise on the nominative case. Learn the vocabulary.
Ziel 4. Grammar: Verbs: Review Present Tense of Regular & Irregular Verbs, Modals
  1. Read Present Tense of Regular Verbs and do the following exercises.
    Check the answer key frequently to be sure you are practicng the correct patterns. Learn the vocabulary.
  2. Present Tense of Regular Verbs
  3. "Sein"
  4. Verben mit Stammvokabeländerung: Übung 1,Übung 2, Übung 3
    Verben: haben, sein, wissen & geben, Übung 1, Übung 2
  5. Present Tense of Regular and Irregular Verbs
  6. In German for Travelers, read the introduction and do the exercises on the present tense.
  7. Additional exercises on the present tense from McKinnon Secondary College.
  8. Additional explanations and exercises from Hyde Flippo, on the Present Tense of Regular Verbs.
  9. Introductory Level Worksheet. Print out worksheet, vocabulary and answer key. You can also do some of these exercises on-line. Practice until you can answer all the questions easily and without hesitation. Memorize the vocabulary.
Ziel 5. Speaking and Reinforcement of Lesson Grammar & Vocabulary

Dialog Eins: Practice the dialogue several times to learn vocabulary and word order. Do all the exercises linked to the dialogue.

Phonetik: A site from the University of Iowa with visual aids and sound files to help you with pronunciation of German.

Hören, Lesen, Schreiben
Listening Comprehension, Vocabulary, Grammar, Culture, Reading and Writing

Each lesson in the course includes a song. Only the song text is included; you will have to acquire the sound recordings on your own. (Registered UNCG students may obtain access to sound files through Blackboard.) Song texts are short reading texts; working your way through the lyrics will enhance and increase your reading ability. Listening to a song is a pleasant way to learn. You can listen to the song many times, reinforcing grammatical patterns and vocabulary each time. Moreover, listening to a song increases your familiarity with German pronunciation and improves your ability to enunciate German.

Ziel 6. Listening: Chorale of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony: An die Freude.

  1. Listen to the song while reading the text. Listen to the song several times while following the lyrics with the text. Then try listening without the text to see how much of it you can understand and remember. Ideally, sing along!
  2. Reread the text.  Don’t expect to understand everything on the first few readings; just pick up the main ideas.
  3. Write down as many subject-predicate (verb) pairs as you can.  This is an important reading strategy. Use your knowledge of nominative case forms and verb endings to help you pick out the subjects and predicates.  Reread the poem (or listen to the song again) and see how much more you understand after picking out the subjects and predicates.
  4. Read a translation and listening guide by Professor Paul Brians of Washington State University to confirm your comprehension of the poem. 
  5. An die Freude includes links to the following exercises and activities:
  6. Verben: a exercise practicing the verb forms present in the poem.  Use this as a vocabulary-learning activity and as a listening comprehension activity.  Use the exercise both with and without music until you can complete it correctly.
Ziel 7. Reading & Writing: Biographical information about Beethoven.
  1. Click here for questions about Beethoven. Read “Über Beethoven.”  (If this site is down, try again later. An alternative source of this information is Klassik Online.)
  2. Answer the questions with complete sentences in German. Use the questions as models for your answers. Questions usually include the verb forms and vocabulary you will need to answer them. UNCG students submit answers through Blackboard.
Sich Ausdrücken: Schreiben

Ziel 8. Describe yourself. Beschreiben Sie sich.

This exercise will improve your ability to communicate basic information about yourself and to ask others for information about themselves.

  1. Answer the questions, substituting information about yourself and imitating the models.
  2. Use your answers to put together a 60-word essay introducing yourself.  For additional models, read other students’ entries on the Schwarzes Brett (bulletin board).  
Ich heisse Rosa Klein.
Wie heissen Sie?

Ich komme aus New York, aber ich wohne jetzt in High Point.
Woher kommen Sie? Wo wohnen Sie?

Ich bin fünfzig Jahre alt.
Wie alt sind Sie?

Ich bin eins achtundsechzig gross.
Wie gross sind Sie? (inches x 2.54 = cm.)

Ich habe am siebten Februar Geburtstag.
Wann haben Sie Geburtstag?

Ich bin Lehrerin.
Was sind Sie von Beruf?

Ich bin intelligent und freundlich.
Was sind ein Paar Ihrer Eigenschaften?

Ich lese jeden Tag die Zeitung.
Was machen Sie jeden Tag?

Ich lese gern.  Ich höre auch gern Musik.
Was machen Sie gern?

Wandern macht mir Spass.
Was macht Ihnen Spass?

Ich finde Politik sehr interessant.
Was finden Sie interessant?

Fernsehen interessiert mich nicht.
Was interessiert Sie nicht besonders?

Ich schlafe gern spät, und ich gehe nicht gern früh ins Bett.
Was machen Sie nicht gern?

Meine Hobbys sind Film und Gartenarbeit.
Was für Hobbys haben Sie?