German Language Game: ein eine einen



German Quick Language Game: "ein eine einen" - When do you use which?  
With this short interactive game, you'll learn and practice easy sentences using the indefinite article "a" (ein, eine, or einen) with a direct-object noun.
Remember to always say the German out loud. It'll help you remember and sharpen your pronunciation. 

Words and Sentences in German Language Game

  • das Handy  - the cell phone
  • die Zeitung - the newspaper
  • der Schlüssel - they key
  • der Bruder - the brother
  • Hast du ein Handy? - Do you have a cell phone?
  • Nein, ich habe kein Handy. - No, I don't have a cell phone.
  • Haben sie einen Schlüssel? - Do they have a key?
  • Nein, sie haben keinen Schlüssel. - No, they don't have a key.
  • Du hast keinen Bruder? - You don't have a brother. (familiar)
  • Doch, ich habe einen Bruder. - Yes I do, I have a brother.
  • Haben Sie eine Zeitung? - Do you have a newspaper? (formal)
  • Ja, ich habe eine.  - Yes, I have one. (i.e. newspaper)

If you want to review and practice the present tense of "haben" (to have), there's a game for that.

  • haben - to have
  • ich habe - I have
  • du hast - you have (familiar)
  • er/sie/es hat - he/she/it has
  • wir haben - we have
  • ihr habt - you-all have
  • sie/Sie haben - they/you (formal) have

Note the form of "ein" with masculine nouns (eg. der Schlüssel, der Bruder): Das ist ein Schlüssel. (That's a key.), Ich habe einen Schlüssel. (I have a key.)
You use "kein keine keinen" for the negative of "ein eine keinen". (You don't use "nicht ein" here.)
To answer "Yes I do" in response to a negative question ("You don't ...?"), you use "doch" in German.
Don't memorize any of this.
Just pay attention when listening to German or reading.
These are typical language patterns that will become automatic with time.
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German language Game: Wie komme ich?



German Quick Language Game: "Wie komme ich ...?" (How do I get [to a place]?)
You'll learn and practice combining this expression with masculine, feminine, and neuter nouns - by playing a short and fun online language learning game.

Vocabulary in German Language Game

  • der Bahnhof - the train station
  • der Marktplatz - the Market Square
  • das Schloss - the castle
  • das Hotel - the hotel
  • die S-Bahn - the rapid train
  • die Straße - the street
  • Wie komme ich ...? - How do I get (to) ...?
  • zum Bahnhof - to the train station
  • zum Marktplatz - to the Market Square
  • zum Schloss - to the castle
  • zum Hotel - to the hotel
  • zur S-Bahn - to the rapid train
  • zur Sophienstraße - to Sophien Street

Note that "zum" is a contraction of the more emphatic "zu dem".  (Both mean "to the", and go with either masculine or neuter nouns).
The word "zur" is a contraction of the more emphatic "zu der". (Both mean "to the",  and go with feminine nouns).
For example:

  • zum Bahnhof = a contraction of "zu dem Bahnhof" [der Bahnhof]
  • zum Schloss = a contraction of "zu dem Schloss" [das Schloss]
  • zur S-Bahn = a contraction of "zu der S-Bahn" [die S-Bahn]

This may seem complicated because the preposition "zu" takes the "dative case".
But don't even think about that.
Just practice the phrase so that it goes into your ear and brain. You'll then use the correct form automatically.
That's what young kids learning their language do. Believe me, they've never heard about the "dative case".
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German Language Game: Keine Schule




German Language Game
: "Keine Schule" (No school).
Learn and practice 16 basic German words and phrases in the context of a mini-story.
Our games are for Mid to High Beginners who are ready to go to the next level.
The context: On a Saturday, Michael and his cousin Julia are walking through the old part of Frankfurt where Julia shows him the famous "Römerberg".

This brief episode is also in our German 1 course, a series of mini-stories about Michael's travels in Germany. In the course, you learn and practice 750 basic everyday words.
(To play the full course for FREE just register HERE.)
As you play, say the words, phrases and sentences OUT LOUD.
It's a good way to improve your conversational German and practice your pronunciation.

Words in German Mini-Story Language Game

  • der nächste Tag - the next day
  • der Samstag - the Saturday
  • sie hat - she has [haben]
  • die Schule - the school
  • keine Schule - no school
  • sie will - she wants [wollen]
  • zeigen - to show
  • sie gehen - they walk, go [gehen]
  • über den Römerberg - across the Römerberg
  • er heißt - his/its (m) name is
  • der Marktplatz - the market square
  • das Gebäude - the building
  • dort drüben - over there
  • das Rathaus - the city hall
  • wirklich - really
  • schön - beautiful

When you learn new words in the context of a simple story, you'll remember them better.
And, writing out words by hand and saying them out loud helps you learn the spelling along with the meaning and the pronunciation.
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Don't forget: You can practice German online for FREE with our 36-Scene German 1 Story: "Michael in Deutschland" and our 72-Scene German 2 Mystery Story Sequel: "Blüten in Berlin?"
(The literal meaning of "Blüten," is blossoms in German. But the German word Blüten has another meaning that may surprise you.)
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German Language Game: Eine gute Idee



German Language Game: "Eine gute Idee" (A good idea).
Play this mini-story to learn and practice 18 basic German words and phrases in context.
Our games are for Mid to High Beginners.
The setting: The home of Michael's aunt and uncle in Frankfurt.
Michael asks his uncle about family photos and explains why he wants them.

This brief episode is also part of German 1. The course is a series of mini-stories about Michael's travels in Germany. In the course, you learn and practice 750 words.
(You can play the full course for FREE by registering HERE.)
As you play, try to say the words, phrases and sentences ALOUD.
That way you'll improve your conversational German and sharpen your pronunciation.

Words in German Mini-Story Language Game

  • das Mittagessen - the lunch
  • beim Mittagessen - at lunch
  • er fragt - he asks [fragen]
  • der Onkel - the uncle
  • du hast - you have (familiar) [haben]
  • die Bilder - the pictures [das Bild, n]
  • die Großeltern - the grandparents
  • von deinen Großeltern - of your grandparents
  • warum? - why?
  • ich möchte - I'd like [mögen]
  • die Geschichte - die Geschichte
  • unsere Familiengeschichte - our family story
  • die Idee - the idea
  • eine gute Idee - a good idea
  • das Fotoalbum - the photo album
  • alt - old
  • unser altes Fotoalbum - our old photo album
  • der Großvater - the grandfather

Grammar Tips: Don't focus on grammar, just learn to become aware of typical language patterns.
As you continue to read and listen to German, such patterns will become more and more familiar.

Word order in yes-no questions: 

  • Du hast Bilder. - You have pictures.
  • Hast du Bilder? - Do you have pictures?

    Note: you invert subject and verb.

    Bei - meaning "at":

    • das Mittagessen - the lunch
    • beim Mittagessen - at lunch [beim = bei dem]

    Compound words:

    • die Familie + die Geschichte = die Familiengeschichte (the family story)
    • das Foto + das Album = das Fotoalbum (the photo album)
    • der Mittag + das Essen = das Mittagessen (the lunch)
    • groß + der Vater = der Großvater (the grandfather)

    Note: the last part of a compound word determines the gender.

    To best remember new words at this level is to learn them in chunks (phrases) and in the context of a simple story.
    Writing them out is a good way to learn the spelling as well as the meaning.
    And always say the words and phrases out loud.
    If you like our games, please SHARE us with your friends.

    More Than a German Language Game

    Don't forget: You can practice German online for FREE with our 36-Scene German 1 Story: "Michael in Deutschland" and our 72-Scene German 2 Mystery Story Sequel: "Blüten in Berlin?"
    (The literal meaning of "Blüten," is blossoms in German. But the German word Blüten has another meaning that may surprise you.) Just login HERE.
    And, if you have any language questions  - don't hesitate to contact us!


    German Language Game: lesen



     

    German Quick Language Game: "lesen" (to read). 

    In this fun interactive game, you'll learn and practice:

    • the irregular present tense of "lesen" (ich lese, du liest, er liest)
    • the conversational past (ich habe gelesen, du hast gelesen)
    • the conditional form (ich würde lesen)

    You'll also put together simple sentences.

    Always say the German OUT LOUD. This game is for Mid Beginners.

    Vocabulary in Quick Language Game

    • lesen - to read
    • ich lese - I read
    • du liest - you read (familiar)
    • er liest - he reads
    • wir lesen - we read
    • ich habe gelesen - I have read
    • du hast gelesen - you have read
    • ich würde lesen - I would read
    • noch nicht - not yet
    • auch - also
    • das Buch - the book
    • die Zeitung - the newspaper
    • der Roman - the novel

    If you like our games, please SHARE us with your friends.

    More Than a German Language Game

    And don't forget: You can practice German online for FREE with our 36-Scene German 1 Story: "Michael in Deutschland" and our 72-Scene German 2 Mystery Story Sequel: "Blüten in Berlin?".
    (And - if you already know that "Blüten" means blossom in German - you'll learn that Blüten has still another meaning...).
    Just login HERE.
    If you have any language questions  - don't hesitate to contact us!

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