Students from all over the world

So exciting to have students from all over the world! I can learn so much from them while helping them to improve their German. Did I miss you and your country? Advertisements

Too many errors in your email in GERMAN?

Are you afraid of writing a short email in German to reserve a table, make a doctor’s appointment, contact your child’s teacher or send our an invitation for a play date? Our popular class is back. We have only 3 spots left, one could be yours. WRITING CLASS in German A2 / B1 level Wednesdays…

Lunchless lunch & learn at NOVARTIS in Basel, CH

We are launching a NEW German class at NOVARTIS Campus. I am so sad to see the class of 2017/2018 graduates and see my fantastic students leaving. The good news are: there is a new class starting Thursday November 15, 2018 12-13 h Level A2/B1 Contact me before it is too late. Secure your C-Permit!…

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…