• 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 an image similar to this one: This word cloud shows the words that commonly occur with the word…

  • 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…

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    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 an image similar to this one: This word cloud shows the words that commonly occur with the word…

  • Vocabulary

    Vocabulary Module 4: fahren

    In this module, you will learn some vocabulary to talk about the verb ‘to drive’ (fahren) 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 fahren. Go to the DWDS main page and type fahren in the search box. Do NOT capitalize the word fahren! (If you capitalize it, you will get results for the noun Fahren, ‘driving’). 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 an…

  • Vocabulary

    Vocabulary Module 5: behaglich

    In this module, you will learn how to use the adjective behaglich ‘cosy, comfortable, snug’ 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 behaglich. Go to the DWDS main page and type behaglich 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 an image similar to this one: This word cloud shows the words that commonly occur with the adjective behaglich. The…