You try to learn something in German! That's what brought you here, right? You are in the right track. As a learner of the German Language, I created this blog to share resources I found online or from school when I find them very useful. In this manner, I can just go here and look at them again when I need to review them or if I forgot something.
So here we are. Ich lerne gern Deutsch. Lernen Sie auch Deutsch? For German experts, I add in each post simple sentences with English translations of what I want to express. Please feel free to comment or correct. Thank you!

Friday, June 3, 2011

"X-Men 4" or "X-Men First Class" Trailers; Auf Deutsch: "X-Men: Erste Entscheidung"

 X-MEN: Erste Entscheidung trailers and character videos and clipsHere is the X-Men trailer in German version. Just go on watching after President Kennedy's speech and the German voice would start. This is a trailer that's light for the brain and easy to understand/comprehend. It has also the text... I also put below the English version so you can see the translation what they wanted to tell in English.

X-Men: Erste Entscheidung spielt in den 60er-Jahren und ist ein US-amerikanischer Comic-Actionfilm über das Verhältnis zwischen Professor Charles Xavier und Eric Lehnsherr (alias Magneto), beides Figuren aus der Reihe X-Men von Marvel Comics. Er erschien im Verleih von 20th Century Fox am 16. Juni 2011 in Deutschland und zuvor am 9. Juni in den Vereinigten Staaten. Regie führte Matthew Vaughn. Der Film versteht sich innerhalb der Filmreihe als Prequel.

Der Film ist sehr toll!
The film is really fantastic!


Here is the Official Trailer in German...


Here are the clips for Havok... who is a mutant who has the ability to absorb energy and discharge it was blasts.


Beast is a former scientist and political activist who transformed into a frightening looking mutant in an attempt to cure himself, but is kind at heart.


Banshee, a mutant with the ability of supersonic screaming and flight.



Mystique is a mutant who can shift herself to any shape. Her character has been with many previous X-Men films already.


Magneto and Prof.X:
Professor X is the telepathic leader and founder of the X-Men and one of Magneto's best friends until conflicts of opinion create a rivalry between them and their teams. On the other hand, Magneto is the leader and founder of the Brotherhood of Mutants and one of Professor X's best friends until conflicts of opinion create a rivalry between them and their teams.


Sebastian Shaw is a mutant who can absorb kinetic energy used against him and use it as super strength and speed. Shaw is a scientist and the leader of the Hellfire Club, a secret society bent on taking over the world. He is the lead antagonist in the film.

X-Men: Erste Entscheidung spielt in den 60er-Jahren und ist ein US-amerikanischer Comic-Actionfilm über das Verhältnis zwischen Professor Charles Xavier und Eric Lehnsherr (alias Magneto), beides Figuren aus der Reihe X-Men von Marvel Comics. Er erschien im Verleih von 20th Century Fox am 16. Juni 2011 in Deutschland und zuvor am 1. Juni in den Vereinigten Staaten. Regie führte Matthew Vaughn. Der Film versteht sich innerhalb der Filmreihe als Prequel. (Wikipedia)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Top 100 German Words with English Meanings

Some observations about the top 100 German words:
• The top 10 words make up 27% of words that occur in German. The top 20 words account for about 35% of words that appear in German written and spoken texts.

• The top 100 German words contain only 4 nouns, three of which have to do with time.

• The top 100 German words include 30 different adverbs, more than 20 pronouns, and 16 prepositions. Small function words thus play a dominant role in making sense of German texts.

• The top 100 German words list 16 different verbs. These include 4 of the 6 modal verbs. Also included are the verbs commonly used as auxiliary verbs in German, suggesting that compound verb tenses are used relatively frequently in German.

The word list below is based on a scientific study conducted by Randall Jones & Erwin Tschirner. For a much longer list of the most common 4034 German words (!), consult their book A Frequency Dictionary of German. Core Vocabulary for Learners.


1. der / die / das (def. art.) the; (dem. pron.) that, those; (rel. pron) who, that
2. und (conj.) and
3. sein (verb) to be; (aux./perfect tense)
4. in (prep.) in [variation: im in the]
5. ein (indef. art.) a, an; (pron.) one (of)
6. zu (prep.) to, at; (adv.) too
7. haben (verb) to have; (aux./perfect tense)
8. ich (pers. pron.) I
9. werden (verb) to become; (aux./future tense); ; (aux./passive voice)
10. sie (pron.) she, her; they, them; Sie (pron.) you (formal)
11. von (prep.) from, of
12. nicht (adv.) not
13. mit (prep.) with
14. es (pron.) it
15. sich (refl. pron.) -self
16. auch (adv.) also, too
17. auf (prep.) on, at, in
18. für (prep.) for
19. an (prep.) at, on [variation: am at/on the]
20. er (pron.) he
21. so (adv.) so; thus, this way, such
22. dass (conj.) that
23. können (verb) can, to be able
24. dies (pron.) this, that
25. als (conj.) as, when; (adv.) than
26. ihr (pron.) you, her; (poss. adj.) her, their, hers, theirs; Ihr (poss. adj.) your (formal)
27. ja (adv.) yes; certainly, really
28. wie (adv.) how; as
29. bei (prep.) by, with, at
30. oder (conj.) or
31. wir (pron.) we
32. aber (conj.) but; (adv./flavoring particle)
33. dann (adv.) then
34. man (pron.) one, you
35. da (adv.) there; (conj.) because
36. sein (poss. adj.) his, its
37. noch (adv.) still, yet
38. nach (prep.) after, toward
39. was (pron.) what
40. also (adv.) so, therefore
41. aus (prep.) out, out of, from
42. all (pron.) all
43. wenn (conj.) if, when
44. nur (adv.) only
45. müssen (verb) to have to, must
46. sagen (verb) to say
47. um (prep.) around, at [variation: um ... zu in order to]
48. über (prep.) above, over, about
49. machen (verb) to do, make
50. kein (pron.) no, not a/an
51. Jahr das, -e (noun) year
52. du (pron.) you
53. mein (poss. adj.) my
54. schon (adv.) already; (adv./flavoring particle)
55. vor (prep.) in front of, before, ago
56. durch (prep.) through
57. geben (verb) to give
58. mehr (adv.) more
59. andere, anderer, anderes (adj./pron.) other
60. viel (adj./pron.) much, a lot, many
61. kommen (verb) to come
62. jetzt (adv.) now
63. sollen (verb) should, ought to
64. mir (pron.) me
65. wollen (verb) to want
66. ganz (adj.) whole, all the; (adv.) quite
67. mich (pron.) me
68. immer (adv.) always
69. gehen (verb) to go
70. sehr (adv.) very
71. hier (adv) here
72. doch (adv.) however, still; (adv./flavoring particle)
73. bis (prep./conj.) until
74. groß (adj.) big, large, great
75. wieder (adv.) again
76. Mal das, -e (noun) time; mal (conj.) times [math]; (adv.) time(s); once; just
77. zwei (num.) two
78. gut (adj.) good
79. wissen (verb) to know
80. neu (adj.) new
81. sehen (verb) to see
82. lassen (verb) to let, allow, have (something) done
83. uns (pron.) us
84. weil (conj.) because
85. unter (prep.) under
86. denn (conj.) because; (adv./flavoring particle)
87. stehen (verb) to stand
88. jede, jeder, jedes (art./pron.) every, each
89. Beispiel, das, -e (noun) example
90. Zeit, die (noun) time
91. erste, erster, erstes (adj.) first
92. ihm (pron.) him, it
93. ihn (pron.) him
94. wo (adv.) where
95. lang (adj.) long; lange (adv.) for a long time
96. eigentlich (adv.) actually; (adj.) actual, real
97. damit (adv.) with it; (conj.) so that
98. selbst, selber (pron.) -self; (adv.) even
99. unser (poss. adj.) our
100. oben (adv.) above, up there

Source:


A Frequency Dictionary of German. Core Vocabulary for Learners, by Randall Jones & Erwin Tschirner, 189 p. (2006)
This provides a frequency list of the most common 4034 words in the German language based on a broad text corpus of contemporary German. Each entry lists the word's rank, part of speech, its English translation, a sentence demonstrating the word's usage in context, and the number of occurrences of the word per million words of the corpus. Entries also list common collocations, phrases, or combinations. In addition, the dictionary contains much supplemental information that students and instructors will find useful. There is an additional alphabetical list of the 4034 words, ordered lists of the top 100 most frequent German nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, proper nouns, and irregular verbs, and additional lists of the most common prepositions, conjunctions, abbreviations, and collocations. Of interest are also the 21 thematically organized lists interspersed throughout the book (e.g., numbers, colors, weather, personal pronouns, kinship terms) that rank and provide frequencies of the included words. This is a useful book for instructors and students alike.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

German Word of the Day Widget for "Webbielady Lernt Deutsch" Blog

learn German word of the day widgetToday, I added the German Word of the Day widget in this blog, "Webbielady Lernt Deutsch".--> See the right sidebar (mid area of the blog). I find it a very helpful tool for me and for anyone who will visit this site. The word changes everyday so I better check my own site in a daily basis for this feed. If you like also to see the German Word of the Day, simply pass by here and see it. I am also collecting the words and theire respective meanings so that I can review them during weekends. A nice idea, isn't it?

The lovelier part? I will put the nominnative article, der, die or das, to each word if its applicable since our widget does not provide it.

Feel free to visit here everyday or to visit  GermanPod101.com - The Fastest Way to Learn German Guaranteed as these words are from there, I am just taking note so that I will have chance to review on weekends.

Find below the collection of the words:
14-May-2011

der Röntgenbild

Meaning: x-ray
Sample German Sentence Usage: "Der Doktor und die Krankenschwester machen ein


Röntgenbild

von dem Brustkorb des Patienten."


Sample Sentence Translated in English: "The doctor and the nurse are taking an x-ray of the patient's chest."



More Phrases in German ad their English Translations



-Röntgenbild des Brustkorb (x-ray of the chest)



-Röntgenbild eines Knochens (x-ray of a bone)



15-May-2011
die Fachhochschule
Meaning: college
Sample German Sentence Usage: "Ich habe Engineering studiert, als ich auf die Fachhochschule gegangen bin."
Sample Sentence Translated in English: "I studied engineering while I was in college."
More Phrases in German ad their English Translations
-Fachhochschule für Engineering (College of Engineering)



Saturday, March 19, 2011

Learning German Cases: "Nominatve, Accusative, Dative"

My German is currently at A1.2 level and I am currently in the third case: the dative case. I've been though with the nominative and accusative cases and these two were not complicated as long as the learner knows the gender of the noun.

Below is a very interesting video and it is a good thing to have some ideas about these cases. Although I have read mixed reactions to this video, I still find it very useful and fun to watch.

"Der Hund beißt den Mann" and "Den Mann beißt der Hund" both mean the same thing: (The dog bites the man.)


Below is the summary of the usage of articles in four german cases:

Learn Vehicle Words in German: Vocabulary

I have learn German Vegetables here, "Das Gemüse" and I have also learned all the fruits introduced here, naturally in German. It's quite limited in volume but it's a good thing too: overflowing information will discourage the brain! This time is to learn about vehicles, and their German names! Learn with me, yes,learn with Webbielady.

The video has images, pronunciation, article that goes with the noun, and short test at the end of the video to test the learned vocabulary words. Feel free to come back here from time to time and learn with me. I actually reviewed also what I learned in the past and this is the best way to retain the knowledge and make it solid!I have to admit the gender articles are quite a challenge.

Ich habe ein altes Fahrrad. (I have an old bike.)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Lean Fruits in German: Das Obst

We various vegetables in German. After repeating it around 5times, I think they stick in my head forever. Such a great aid in learning! The even better news? They have their respective articles in them: der, das, and die which is one of the greatest challenge inlearning too. Yes, having the articles ready in learning these vocabulary wordsor nouns is very helpful.

This time let's learn the words for fruits in German. Although this is not included in the video, to refer to fruits in general, we can say "das Obst" in German as their collective name (combination of various fruits). The specific names of some fruits are presented below.

"Ein Apfel pro Tag den Arzt fernhält." /(An apple a day keeps the doctor away.)

Begnner German Test with Ready Answer Key... Have Fun!

Below is a simple German quizz for beginner learners with answer keys at the bottom. You can repeat as many times as you can until you perfect it and until you have learned the formula. You can always express your scores in the comment section such as: (1) how much you got for the first try; (2) how many times you tried till you perfected it, etc. Let's make our German learning fun! Join the club! :)

Below is the test: take note: Webbielady is a name and Bloggerin is the female Blogger! Good luck with the quizz and I wish you so much fun! Cheers to German learners!

Ja, ich lerne gern Deutch. Deutsch ist sehr fantastisch! (Yes, I like learning German. German is really fantastic!)
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Was passt zusammen? Wählen Sie jeweils eine sinnvolle Ergänzung.

Die Lösung erfahren Sie, wenn Sie auf die Ampel klicken und mit der Maus dort verweilen.


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Ich heiße



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2.


Ich wohne



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3.


Ich bin



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4.


Meine Muttersprache ist



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5.


Ich spreche auch



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6.


Ich lese gern



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7.


Ich spiele gern





Once you have placed your answers, check if they are correct:
1. Webbielady; 2. in Amsterdam; 3. Bloggerin; 4. Englisch; 5. Französisch und Englisch; 6. Romane; 7. Tennis

Learn Vegetables in German: "Das Gemüse"

I found this learning material from youtube to be very useful and helpful. It has various aids for the learner: good quality video, very good images, sound and pronounciation and at the end, the learner will be tested if he/she remembers the words. It is very effective for me.

I hope the video will have the same useful effect on you. It's really fun to know that some vegetables are called so strangely like the carrot, which is called "die Möhre". I could never have imagined that "Möhre" is the word for carrot. Some are not that strange such as spinach which "Spinat" but still majority of them are really new tome.

"Isst du gern Kartoffeln?" (Do you eat potatoes?)

"Ja ich finde die gekochte Kartoffeln lecker...sehr lecker!" (Yes, I find the cooked potatoes yummy...really yummy!)