A1(Lower): Nuts & Bolts of German

This section deals with how the German language works.

You will get to know the building instructions for putting words together.

1. Accusative

1.1 Direct Object

1.1.1 What's all this about? (I)

1.1.2 What's all this about? (II)

1.1.3 What's all this about? (III)

1.1.4 What's all this about? (IV)

1.1.5 What's all this about? (V)

1.1.5 What's all this about? (VI)

1.1.6 Where is it? (I)

1.1.7 Where is it? (II) [Audio]

1.1.8 Where is it? (III)

1.1.9 No purchases

1.1.10 Let's kiss

1.1.11 Technophobia [Audio]

1.1.12 What do they need?

1.1.13 State your opinion

1.1.14 Forgetfulness

1.2 "es gibt"

1.2.1In Dublin's Fair City ...

1.2.2 Anything close by?

2. Compound nouns

2.1 All kinds of cake

2.2 Don't be afraid of the long noun

2.3 Is there a doctor on the plane?

2.4 Let's come together

3. Conjunctions

3.1 "denn" - There is a reason (I)

3.2 "denn" - There is a reason (II)

4. Definite & indefinite articles

4.1 "ein" or "eine"? [Audio]

4.2 Kennedy in Berlin

4.3 Monday Demonstrations

4.4 On the one hand, on the other hand [Audio]

5. Expressions of measurement

5.1 Can you figure it out? [Audio]

5.2 Drinks all round!

6. Gender of nouns

6.1 Some detective work (I)

6.2 Some detective work (II)

6.3 Some detective work (III)

6.4 Some detective work (IV)

6.5 Some detective work (V)

6.6 Some detective work (VI)

6.7 Some detective work (VII)

6.8 Some detective work (VIII)

6.9 Some detective work (IX)

6.10 There are guidelines (I)

6.11 der, die oder das? (I)

6.12 der, die oder das? (II)

6.13 der, die oder das? (III)

6.14 der, die oder das? (IV)

7. Imperative

7.1 Doctor's orders (I)

7.2 Doctor's orders (II)

7.3 A teacher requests [Audio]

8. Modal verbs

8.1 "möchten" -> Who would like to learn some German?

8.2 "möchten" - Lots of plans (I)

8.3 "möchten" - Lots of plans (II)

8.4 "möchten" - No, but they would like to ...

8.5 Everybody can!

8.6 There is no way around it!

8.7 Forbidden!

8.8 Don't light up!

8.9 You should!

8.10 Thirsty in the Palatinate Forest

8.11 A bit of philosophy or plain common sense [Audio]

8.12 Winter of starvation 1946/1947 (I)

8.13 Winter of starvation 1946/1947 (II)

8.14 Why are you doing that?

8.15 It's not allowed!

8.16 Find a suitable one! (I)

8.17 Find a suitable one! (II)

8.18 wollen, können, sollen, müssen, dürfen & "möchten": All mixed up

8.18.1 All mixed up (I)

8.18.2 All mixed up (II)

8.18.3 All mixed up (III)

8.18.4 All mixed up (IV)

8.18.5 All mixed up (V)

8.18.6 All mixed up (VI)

8.18.7 All mixed up (VII)

8.18.8 All mixed up (VIII)

8.18.9 All mixed up (IX)

8.18.10 All mixed up (X)

8.19 Lots of forms

8.20 "mögen" & "gern(e)"

8.21 Yes, I do!

9. Negation

9.1 No idea! [Audio]

9.2 And if I don't know the answer?

9.3 Nothing is true! [Audio]

9.4 Let's pretend to be Magritte (I)

9.5 Let's pretend to be Magritte (II)

9.6 Let's pretend to be Magritte (III)

10. Nouns

10.1 They are sticking out

10.2 A shop called "schuh"

10.3 male or female [Audio]

10.4 Somewhere in a zoo

11. Personal pronouns

11.1 All about me

11.2 S/he

11.3 "sie" to the power of two

11.4 ich + du

11.5 You, you & you

11.6 sie versus Sie

11.7 Recently, during a German examination ....

11.8 Formal & informal

11.9 "du", "Sie" oder "ihr"? (I)

11.10 "du", "Sie" oder "ihr"? (II)

11.11 "Er", "Sie" or "Es"? [Audio]

11.12 Tough luck (I) [Audio]

11.13 Tough luck (II) [Audio]

12. Plurals

12.1 Test yourself (I)

12.2 Test yourself (II)

12.3 Test yourself (III)

12.4 Test yourself (IV)

12.5 Test yourself (V)

12.6 And the plural ist .....

13. Possessive articles

13.1 All about names [Audio]

13.2 Two possessive dogs

14. Prepositions

14.1 Groundwork (I)

14.2 Groundwork (II)

14.3 Groundwork (III)

14.4 Groundwork (IV)

14.5 Places to go to

14.6 More places to go to

14.7 "am", "im" or "um"? (I) [Audio]

14.8 "am", "im" or "um"? (II)

15. Present tense

15.1 Me, me, me

15.2 Two Germans working for the EU [Audio]

15.3 Not much in common (I)

15.4 Not much in common (II) [Audio]

15.5 All that love

15.6 The extra letter

15.7 Roman & Rita in Stuttgart [Audio]

15.8 One will do

15.9 Match & More (I)

15.10 Match & More (II)

15.11 Match & More (III)

15.12 To paraphrase "Waiting for Godot" [Audio]*

15.13 Some serious studying & working

15.14 And where is the infinitive?

15.15 What is everybody doing?

15.16 Everybody is on the phone

15.17 "to be" - A little bit all over the place

15.18 Everybody is chatting

15.19 To be or not to be

15.20 A busy weekend! [Audio]

15.21 mein Freund & meine Freunde [Audio]

15.22 meine Freundinnen & meine Freundin

16. Questions

16.1 Will I find this in Germany?

16.2 Molly Malone & Karl Valentin

16.3 Yes or no? (I)

16.4 Yes or no? (II)

16.5 Lisa is playing hopscotch

16.6 "Wer", "Was" or "Wo"?

16.7 Vampires' drinking habits

16.8 Getting to know you (I)

16.9 Getting to know you (II)

16.10 Paulinchen alone at home

16.11 Yes, I do .... (I)

16.12 Yes, I do ..... (II)

16.13 Confirm or correct (I)

16.14 Grandpa needs a hearing-aid

16.15 In German, please!

16.16 A curious grandmother

16.17 Question words: All about Hauke

16.18 Question words: About Lara & Harry

16.19 Question words: In Heidelberg

16.20 Question words: In a Student Affairs Office

16.21 Beware the dog!

16.22 And what about you?

16.23 And what about you two?

16.24. Muddled questions

16.24.1 Muddled questions (I)

16.24.2 Muddled questions (II)

16.24.3 Muddled questions (III)

16.24.4 Muddled questions (IV)

16.24.5 Muddled questions (V)

16.24.6 Muddled questions (VI)

16.24.7 Muddled questions (VII)

16.24.8 Muddled questions (VIII)

16.24.9 Muddled questions (IX)

16.24.10 Muddled questions (X)

16.24.11 Muddled questions (XI)

16.24.12 Muddled questions (XII)

16.24.13 Muddled questions (XIII)

16.24.14 Muddled questions (XIV)

17. Subject of a sentence

17.1 First in English

17.1 Where is it?

18. Verbs with a stem-change

18.1 A lot of differences [Audio]

18.2 From me to him or her

19. Word order

19.1 Changing it around

19.2 More ways of changing it around

19.3 Any tickets?

19.4 A different beginning [Audio]

19.5 More different beginnings

19.6 Even more different beginnings