- Wortschatz: die Familie.
- Grammar: Review adjective endings in the nominative
& accusative case.
- Grammar: Review use of wissen, kennen and
- Grammar: Review word order in simple, compound and
- Listening: Erlkönig, Nur wer die Sehnsucht
- Reading & Writing: Biographical information
about Franz Schubert.
- Writing: Your family.
Flippo's website includes sound files.
- Die Familie.
Print out this Microsoft Word document. Write the German terms after
the corresponding English term. Use the following activities to memorize
these words and to develop your understanding of how Geman works.
- Draw family trees. Draw your own and then those of some friends or
famous people. Label the relationships in German.
- List the names of family members and acquaintances and label the relationship
- Match the corresponding male and female terms.
* Make 3 groups: one in which the words for males and females are completely
one in which the female term is formed by adding an ending to the male
one in which there is a difference only in the article and the adjective
- Many of the nouns and adjectives on the list are derived from verbs.
Figure out which verbs are the basis of these words.
- Click here for
additional practice with vocabulary; for family, click "The Home."
fun YouTube video, singing about the family.
Grammatik & Wortschatz (Grammar &
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.
Review adjective endings in the nominative
and accusative case.
- Read Adjective
Learn Adjective Endings,
Learning Weak Adjective Endings Work through the sections relating
to nominative and accusative case. Write the variations as directed
by hand in your notebook. Practice the patterns with the following exercises:
im Nominativ: 1. Maskulinum,
- 2. Neutrum
- 3. Femininum
im Nominativ und Akkusativ Übung 1,
- Übung 3,
- Hyde Flippo includes a guest column in which Prof.
Eckhard Kuhn-Osius provides a very easy way to think about adjective
resources from Hyde Flippo.
one includes sound files.
Southern has a good explanation of adjective endings. (The exercise
contains the dative case.)
3. Wissen, kennen & können
- Read Hyde
Flippo's lesson on these verbs (both parts). Do
- For more on this topic and additional exercises, go to Toms
Word order in simple, compound and complex
- Read Wortstellung
and do the exercises linked to the page. Use the additional resources
linked at the bottom of the page for additional practice.
to contrast use of coordinating & subordinating conjunctions (print
out with answer
key or do on-line
exercise from Mercer.edu.
- From GermanTeaching.com, work through at least the Erste Stufe
and a selection from the Zweite and Dritte Stufe of the
exercises on Konjunktionen (Conjunctions): Unterordnende
(Subordinating) and Nebenordnende
(Coordinating). For more practice, work through the Gemischte
(Mixed) exercises as well.
exercise with directions in French! Click "vérifier"
to check answers.
- An exercise from Brennpunkt.
(This one can be tricky to get into. If you end up on the "Nelson-Thornes"
homepage, click on "further" in the top menu bar, then "Modern
Languages" on the left, and then find Brennpunkt and choose
"Click here for dedicated website." Then choose "GrammarNet"
and finally in Chapter 2, "Wortstellung." Now that
you know how to get in, check out some of the other resources as well.)
- A mixed-words
exercise from Chan Wei Meng, National University of Singapore.
Hören, Lesen, Schreiben
Listening Comprehension, Vocabulary, Grammar, Culture,
Reading and Writing
Each lesson in the course includes a song (or two). Only the song text
is included. (Registered students may obtain access to sound files through
YouTube is also a good source for
music; look for Jessye Norman singing Erlkönig for a wonderful
version. There are many versions of Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt on
YouTube as well.
A Lied (rhymes with "seed") is often called a "German
art song." It begins its existence as a poem. Before the composer
writes a single note, a Lied is already a work of art.
One of the standards by which we measure the quality of a Lied
is the faithfulness of the composition to the poem. A truly good Lied
combines a poem with music that enhances and develops the themes and structures
already expressed in the verses. No matter how beautiful the music, if
it does not complement the poem, it's not a good Lied.
- Franz Schubert's setting of Erlkönig
is considered to be one of his finest Lieder. Recordings
are available by many singers. Try to listen to several different interpretations
and decide whose you like best.
wer die Sehnsucht kennt has been set to music many, many times.
this page to get an idea of its popularity among composers. Read
the poem and try to listen to as many different versions as you can
find. (Registered UNCG students can log in to Blackboard
for some versions, or check out the collection of streaming music available
through the UNCG Library.)
is in this lesson because it includes names of family members. Nur
wer die Sehnsucht kennt includes the verbs "wissen"
and "kennen." As you read and listen, observe the uses
of these terms in the texts. Also take note of the word order.
- Read through the lyrics. Identify and write down the subjects and
predicates. Then add direct objects.
- Write down as many examples of the imperative as you can. Write down
sets of imperative verb + direct object. Notice the verb form, and the
form of the direct object. Listen to the song again, while reading the
text and listening for those verbs and direct objects.
- At the bottom of Erlkönig
is a link to a Jagd,
which will help you decipher the poem and gain some insight into the
grammatical patterns you are learning as you listen to the song.
Optional additional activities:
- Look up "German Romanticism" in a good reference source
and re-read the poems. Decide why both are good representatives of German
- The German group Rammstein recorded a version of Erlkönig
Lama. (You can listen to it on YouTube.) Compare Erlkönig
with Dalai Lama. What are the similarities? What are the
Reading & Writing: Biographical information
about Franz Schubert.
here for questions about Schubert. Read “Franz
Schubert: Biographie.” (If this site is down, try again later.
An alternative source of this information is Klassik
- 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.
Submit answers to your teacher through Blackboard.
Sich Ausdrücken: Schreiben
Describe your family. Beschreiben
Sie Ihre Familie.
Read the model and imitiate it, substituting information about your family.
Put together a (minimum) 60-word essay.
Read others’ entries on the Schwarzes
Ich habe eine große Familie. Ich habe eine ältere
Schwester und einen jüngeren Bruder. Meine Schwester ist verheiratet
und hat einen Sohn, meinen Neffen, Max. Ihr Mann heißt Peter
und ist Augenarzt.
Mein Bruder ist noch nicht verheiratet. Er ist Informatiker.
Meine Eltern und meine Großmutter wohnen zusammen. Sie
werden alle alt, aber sie sind noch sehr unabhängig. Meine
Großmutter ist schon 92 Jahre alt, aber sie geht oft spazieren
und einkaufen, und kocht das Abendessen.
Ich wohne mit meinem Mann Otto und unseren Kindern zusammen.
Wir haben drei Söhne und eine Tochter. Otto ist Ingenieur und
ich bin Lehrerin. Die Kinder sind alle noch Schüler, aber nächstes
Jahr will unser Sohn Karl an die Uni gehen. (107 Wörter)