Everyday greetings and phrases

Say „Gute Nacht und schlaf gut“ to your teddy. He won’t be critical of your accent and he’ll understand you perfectly.

How to practise your German and make people roll their eyes at you…

Learning a language involves letting the new words and phrases permeate every part of your life. So after you have worked through the phrases in the quizlet below, start using them straight away. Say „Guten Morgen“ to your English teacher, „Das ist ein Kuli,“ to your maths teacher,  „Wie geht es dir?“ to your friend and „Gute Nacht“ to your teddy.

Practise getting the pronunciation right. Make people roll their eyes at you.

It might also help you to download the podcast below by Annik Rubens at the Slow German website. You will be able to hear some of the most basic words in German pronounced very slowly and clearly. Most of the podcast is in English because it is one of Annik’s „Absolute Beginner“ podcasts.

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The Quizlet below summarizes most of the vocabulary in the first few chapters of your textbook. You can hear the words and phrases being pronounced if you click on the little icon as you look at each digital flashcard. There are also some simple games that you can play with the quizlet. Try out the options and see which helps you to learn fastest.

To use an app on an iPad, iTouch or iPhone that allows you to download all the Quizlets on this blog, try Flashcards Deluxe, which also provides a very clear, precise German voice.

The Quizlet website also allow you to play games and generate little tests. Below are some links to these options, but you can also configure your own tests at will:

Click here to play the Scatter game

Click here to play the Space Race game  

Click here to complete a multiple choice quiz

Click here to complete a writing, matching and multiple choice quiz

The little quiz below will help you to revise the introductory vocabulary. Click on this link to see it on your whole screen.

This video will also help you to revise some of the phrases in the Quiz and Quizlet above.

The video below is all in German and contains some more difficult phrases, as well as many simple ones. See how much you can work out from the context. The makers have helpfully placed subtitles in German on the screen, so that even if you aren’t quite sure what the speakers have said, you can read it and look it up to check its meaning. This is great practice because you can listen to German with a subtitle safety net! After you have learned German for a few months, this video will seem quite easy to understand.

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