Do not lose your C-Permit!

Guten Tag! How good is your German? A1, A2 or B2? Because I know what an impact this can have on your life, I would like to share this with you. “The authorities may only grant or extend a residence permit when the language requirements are met.” In order to prove your German language skills…

This is NOT for everyone: Was würden Sie machen?

4. Werden is the helping verb that forms a subjunctive construction (“would do”)When used this way, werden is in the subjunctive form (würde) at the second position, and the main verb is in the infinitive (-en ending) at the last position of the sentence that means at the very end.Ich würde nach Hause gehen. I…

Was ist passiert…..?

3. Werden is the helping verb for the passive tense (“is done/was done”) When used for the passive, in its normal form werden is in second position, and the main verb is in the participial form (e.g. gemacht) at the very end. Was passiert mit… ? -> passive Present Mein Auto wird repariert. My car…

Don’t lose face in front of your GERMAN colleagues!

2. Werden as a helping verb for future tense (“will do”) You need to learn „werden“ to combine it with another verb to express the future tense. When used this way, werden is at the 2. position of the sentence, not second word!, and the main verb is in the infinitive (-en ending) at the…

Different uses of the German verb „werden“

It is used for future tense, passive construction and the subjunctive. Remember how to conjugate the different tenses of werden: ACHTUNG: There is a vowel change e -> i in the present tense for du, er/sie/es Präsens:                                     Präteritum: ich      …

I’ll become a Hamburger! 🍔

1. Werden as Vollverb What does werden mean when you use it in its normal, present tense form? “to become” The incautious German student might think that bekommen means “to become,” but be careful! Bekommen is a falscher Freund (false friend). It actually means “to receive”. If you want to indicate that something’s in the process of…

DATIVE: Freund oder Feind / friend or foe?

German does offer some grammatical challenges to students with its many cases:  Nominative, Genitive, Dative, and Accusative.  Read further here on this topic: Learning a second or third language is fun.  For the past 20 years, I have happily introduced both adults and children to the delights of learning my native language – German. While…

Why skiing and speaking German are similar.

This is for all my students who are sometimes hesitant the speak German because they might confuse the prepositions or the accusative and dative endings. I share my skiing angst with all of you as an example of working through grammar anxiety. I always liked to ski when I lived in Germany. I would schedule…

German A2 language certificate for C Permit

    What is changing? The Migration Office of the Canton Basel-Land introduced a change in law as of December 1st 2017. Until this date, C-permits in Canton Basel-Land were issued automatically for associates domiciled in Canton Basel-Land if the time requirements for eligibility had been met (either after 5 or 10 years holding a…