• Voice

    Passive 1

    In this module, you will learn more about the Passive Voice. Just like in English, action is typically expressed in German using transitive verbs in the Active Voice with the subject of the sentence indicating the agent (i.e., who is doing the action). For example: In an active sentence (1), you will see an acting subject in the nominative case and an object in the accusative case: Die Studenten lesen das Buch. The students are reading the book. In a passive sentence (2), the object from (1) becomes the subject in the nominative case, and the active subject from (1) becomes a prepositional object with von / durch or can…

  • Connectors

    Connectors 4

    In module Connectors 1, you learned about different types of connectors of clauses: coordinating and subordinating conjunctions as well as adverbs. In this module, you will learn about one specific type of connectors: question words. They are used to form indirect questions to ask for information in a more polite way than with direct questions. Many indirect questions consist of a main clause such as Ich möchte wissen…, Weißt du…, Ich frage mich…, Ich weiß nicht…, Kannst du mir sagen… and of another clause connected to the main clause with a question word such as wer, wo, was, wann, wie. Activity 1 First, let’s review the meaning of some frequent German…

  • Vocabulary

    Vocabulary Module 12: Internet

    In this module, you will learn some vocabulary to talk about the internet (das Internet) 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 the internet. Go to DWDS homepage and type Internet in the search box. You will be taken to a page that gives you a lot of information about this word, but we will focus on the so-called ‘word cloud’ which is available in the Typische Verbindungen section. DWDS word profile for “Internet” retrieved December 19, 2021. The word cloud above shows words that commonly occur with…