• Vocabulary

    Vocabulary Module 1: Das Wetter

    In this module, you will learn some vocabulary to talk about the topic ‘the weather’ (das Wetter) using Das Digitale Wörterbuch der Deutschen Sprache (DWDS), a large electronic collection of German texts known as a corpus.  Let’s explore what words German speakers use to describe the weather. Go to the DWDS main page and type Wetter in the search box. You will be taken to a site that gives you a lot of information about this word, but we will focus on the so-called ‘word cloud’.  Scroll down the page to see this image: This word cloud shows the words that commonly occur with the word Wetter. The larger the…

  • Vocabulary

    Vocabulary Module 2: Das Essen

    In this module, you will learn some vocabulary to talk about the topic ‘food’ (Essen) using Das Digitale Wörterbuch der Deutschen Sprache (DWDS), a large electronic collection of German texts known as a corpus.  Let’s explore what words German speakers use to talk about food. Go to the DWDS main page and type Essen in the search box. Don’t forget to capitalize the word Essen! (If you don’t capitalize it, you will get results for the verb essen, ‘to eat’). You will be taken to a site that gives you a lot of information about this word, but we will focus on the so-called ‘word cloud’.  Scroll down the page…

  • Vocabulary

    Vocabulary Module 3: Der Supermarkt

    In this module, you will learn some vocabulary to talk about the topic ‘the supermarket (der Supermarkt) using Das Digitale Wörterbuch der Deutschen Sprache (DWDS), a large electronic collection of German texts known as a corpus.  Let’s explore what words German speakers use to describe the supermarket. Go to the DWDS main page and type Supermarkt in the search box. You will be taken to a site that gives you a lot of information about this word, but we will focus on the so-called ‘word cloud’.  Scroll down the page to see this image: This word cloud shows the words that commonly occur with the word Supermarkt. The larger the…

  • Collocations with Prepositions

    Two-Way Prepositions

    In this module, you will review the usage of German two-way prepositions with the correct usage of the definite articles. Two-way prepositions are prepositions which take either the accusative or the dative case. Depending on the context, you will need to choose the accusative or dative case after the two-way prepositions. Let’s first start by reviewing the definite articles in the Accusative and Dative cases. Here are some examples of the cases in context. Look at these sentences with the preposition in. Accusative Masculine:  Der Vater geht in den Keller. Feminine:  Der Mutter fährt das Auto in die Garage. Neuter:  Das Kind läuft in das Haus. Dative Masculine:  Der Vater…

  • Collocations with Prepositions

    Verb-Preposition Collocations 3

    In the previous modules, you practiced using VPCs with nouns. In this module, we focus on how VPCs are used with personal pronouns and the so-called da-compounds (pronominal adverbs). Note that da-compounds (davon, dabei…) are extremely frequent in German, unlike their English counterparts (‘thereof’, ‘thereby’…). For example, daran appears more than 120,000 times in the Die Zeit corpus, whereas its English counterpart ‘thereon’ appears only 88 times in the Contemporary Corpus of American English, which is approximately the same size as the Die Zeit corpus (ca. 560 million words).