German Language Game: Modal Verb "können"



Quick German Language Game: "können" - can /to be able. (The picture: Können Sie taekwondo?)
A fun interactive language game to learn and practice the present, past, and conditional forms of "können" (can /to be able)
Present Tense: stem vowel changes: singular = "a"; plural = "ö" (including the formal "Sie")
Simple Past: stem vowel is "o"; add regular endings -te, -test, -te, -ten, -tet, -ten
Conditional: stem vowel is "ö"; otherwise, all forms are the same as Simple Past.
With this game, you'll practice how to pronounce German "a", "o", and "ö".

Present Tense of "können": singular "a", plural "ö"

ich kann - I can
du kannst - you can
er/sie/es kann - he/she/it can
wir können - we can
ihr könnt - you-all can
sie/Sie können - they/you(form.) can

Simple Past Tense of "können": drop the umlaut

ich konnte - I could
du konntest - you could
er/sie/es konnte - he/she/it could
wir konnten - we could
ihr konntet - you-all could
sie/Sie konnten - they/you (form.) could

Conditional Tense of "können": add umlaut to Past

ich könnte - I would be able /could
du könntest - you would be able /could
er/sie/es könnte - he/she/it would be able /could
wir könnten - we would be able /could
ihr könntet - you-all would be able /could
sie/Sie könnten - they/you(form.) would be able /could

Short Sentences:

Er kann nicht. - He can't.
Kann ich? - Can I?
Ja, du kannst. - Yes, you can. (fam.)
Ich konnte gestern nicht anrufen. - I couldn't call yesterday.
Ich kann heute kommen. - I can come today.
Ich könnte dich morgen treffen. - I could meet you tomorrow.

You'll find more in our post: How to Use the German Modal Verb "Können"

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Spanish Language Game: Claro que no



Spanish Language Game: Claro que no (Of course not ) 
In this quick online game, learn and practice 10 Spanish phrases with a 34-word mini-story.
1. Identify key phrases.
2. Hear the mini-story.
3. Build the sentences with Word Invaders.
4. Test yourself with Flashcards.
5. Listen to the story again without translating.

Always say the Spanish OUT LOUD. Click on the sentences to hear them again.

The context: David is at his friend Daniel's apartment in Granada.
He meets Daniel's girlfriend Rosa and introduces himself to her sister Ana.
Will he use the formal form of address, or say "tú" to her?

Words in Spanish Mini-Story Language Game

  • ¡Hola! - Hello! 
  • Encantado de conocerle. - Pleased to meet you. (formal)
  • David, no seas tan formal. - David, don't be so formal. [ser]
  • tutear - to say "tú", use the informal form of address
  • ¡Que os podéis tutear! - You can say "tú" to each other.
  • ¿No te importa Ana? - You don't mind, Ana?
  • Todos los estudiantes - all the students
  • nos tuteamos - we say "tú" to each other
  • ¿Estudias aquí? - Do you go to university here?
  • en Granada - in Granada
  • No, estudio en Sevilla. - No, I go to university in Seville.

This short episode is also part of our Spanish 1 course, which is a series of brief stories (that we call scenes).
In the 36 scenes of the course you learn and practice 750 useful words.
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Practicing with mini-stories is a great way to get more familiar with natural-speed Spanish pronunciation and idiomatic expressions.
Note that in Spanish, personal pronouns (I, he, she, we, etc.) are often dropped unless they are needed for clarity or emphasis.

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German Language Game: Jetzt sollten wir...



Quick German Language Game: "Jetzt sollten wir..." - (Now we should...)
An online game to practice German word order with various types of sentences.
The mini-story: Michael is at his friend Karl's apartment in Heidelberg, where he has just met Karl's girlfriend and her sister Claudia.
Karl returns after his classes, just in time to help put lunch together. 
This language game focuses on simple conversational German word order.
Playing this game won't make you a word order expert, but it will certainly help you understand basic patterns.
Say the sentences several times, out loud if you can.
Even if you know the word-order "rules", using them while you talk takes plenty of practice. 

Sentences with basic word order patterns:

1. Ein wenig später kommt Karl nach Hause. 
[A time phrase "ein wenig später" starts the sentence.]
2. Ich bin froh, dass du uns besuchst.
[A sentence with the conjunction "dass" (that).]
3. Ich freue mich auch, dich wiederzusehen.
[The verb "wiedersehen" becomes "wiederzusehen".] 
4. Jetzt sollten wir ans Mittagessen denken.
[A sentence with a "modal" verb (sollten).]
5. Claudia und ich können den Tisch decken.
[Two subjects "Claudia und ich".]

Words in German Language Game

  • Karl kommt nach Hause - Karl comes home [kommen]
  • ein wenig später - a little later
  • ich bin froh - I'm glad [sein]
  • dass du uns besuchst - that you're visiting us (fam.) [besuchen]
  • ich freue mich auch - I'm also pleased [sich freuen]
  • dich wiederzusehen - to see you again (fam.) [wiedersehen]
  • wir sollten - we should [sollen] 
  • jetzt - now
  • ans Mittagessen denken - to think about lunch
  • ich kann - I can [können]
  • uns - us
  • eine Pizza bestellen - to order a pizza
  • Gute Idee. - Good idea.
  • einen Salat machen - to make a salad
  • Claudia und ich können - Claudia and I can
  • den Tisch decken - to set the table

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English Language Game: Pick "at" "in" or "to"



Quick English Language Game: Pick "at" "in" or "to"
A fun interactive online English Language Game (ESL) to learn and practice basic situations for using the Prepositions "at", "in", and "to".
The best way to learn a Grammar item is to do it little by little, ALOUD, with short sentences that you can remember.
"At":
He gets off at Union Square. (place: at subway or bus station)
My last class is at five. (point of time)
"In":
Are you in New York? (place: a city)
I think, in about 45 minutes. (amount of time in the future)
"To":
I normally add 15 to 20%. (range of amount)
It's not open to visitors. (idiom: open to "persons")
Once you've practiced these sentences, try using sentences like it in your conversations. 


Italian Language Game: Ciao Marco



Italian Language Game: Ciao Marco - Hello Marco
Play this quick Italian online game to practice 14 useful Italian phrases in the context of a mini-story.
Marco arrives at Via Montebello 52 in Florence, where his friend Alessandro lives.
Alessandro's girlfriend Giulia opens the door.

This brief story is also part of our Italian 1 course.
(You can play the complete course for FREE by registering HERE.)
When playing the game, say the Italian OUT LOUD.
Click again on the Italian to practice saying the word or sentence again.
Try "shadowing" the sentences, by saying them together with the speaker in natural speed.
Even if you know the meaning of all the words, saying the full sentences fluently takes practice.
Note that in Italian, the words for "I, you, he, she" etc. are often dropped, unless they are needed for clarity or emphasis.

Phrases in Italian Mini-Story Language Game

  • Marco trova - Marco finds [trovare]
  • Via Montebello - Montebello Street
  • cinquantadue - 52 / fifty-two
  • Giulia apre la porta - Giulia opens the door [aprire]
  • Lo saluta: - She greets him: [salutare]
  • Ciao Marco - Hello Marco
  • piacere di conoscerti - a pleasure to meet you (fam.) [conoscere]
  • finalmente - finally
  • Piacere mio. - My pleasure.
  • Alessandro mi ha parlato - Alessandro has told me [parlare]
  • molto di te - a lot about you (fam.)
  • Entra. - Come in. (fam.) [entrare]
  • Marco entra - Marco comes in / enters
  • nell'appartamento - into the apartment [nella = in + la]

After playing the game, write down some of the words you remember.
Recalling words and phrases is the best way to internalize vocabulary.
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