Thread: Random Thought Thread
05-24-2015, 08:56 AM #51741
05-24-2015, 09:02 AM #51742
"What does one need that for?" would be "Wofür braucht man das?" (What-for needs one that?)
Similarly "Where do you come from?" would be "Woher kommst du?" (Where-from come you?) or "Wo kommst du her?" (Where come you from?) and "Where are you going (to)" would be "Wohin gehst du?" (Where-to go you?) or "Wo gehst du hin?" (Where go you to?)
The point is that, yes, "what" is "was", but in the example you gave you didn't really ask what as in "What is that?" which would be "Was ist das?" (What is that?) but "What ...for?" and there is a special word for that which is wofür. Just as "Where are you?" is "Wo bist du?" (Where are you?) but there is a special word for "Where ...from?" which is woher and a special word for "where ... to?" which is wohin.
Otherwise, as Sultan of Beans has said it's relatively straightforward:
who - wer
what - was
where - wo
why - warum / weshalb
how - wie
As far as verbs are concerned, they are conjugated as in most European languages. Old English did it and you still have a few traces of that left: I am, you are, he/she/it is ...! We do the same thing in German, as do the French or the Russians. It is extremely important to get a grab on how to conjugate regular verbs at an early point, as you'll need that for any sentence.
That should be taught a very early point in any method. Do you take classes or do you teach yourself? If you do teach yourself, do you use a book or a website? Maybe a somewhat more structured approach would be helpful (as an addition to normal lessons, not to replaqce them), even though that has become a bit out of fashion and most modern methods are messy about the grammar and stress jumping right in and learning useful phrases rather than the abstract architecture of a language./*INTP*
05-24-2015, 09:11 AM #51743
I do agree that a human teacher would be more effective in setting the basics, and using Duolingo as a homework tool.
That being said, I'm good at English because I read a lot and surrounded myself with lots of good speakers. Maybe I should start reading German children's books?E2 - Eb4 - E5
05-24-2015, 09:24 AM #51744
As long as romantic relationships last, I think it's important to enjoy them. When they end, it's probably unavoidable that I'll be unhappy, but that's life.
I'm with Butters on this, after his relationship with Lexus hit the skids.Forget the dead you've left; they will not follow you.
The vagabond who is rapping at your door, is standing in the clothes you once wore.
05-24-2015, 09:28 AM #51745
15 Great German Children's Books for Beginners | FluentU German
These are definitely all classics but only the first four would be for real beginners. I grew up with these. If you have only just started the rest would have to wait. Maybe you can find some bilingual publication, German on the right and English on the left or something like that? There are also children's programs to teach German children English, maybe you could use those in reverse? I'll see if I can find one online.
05-24-2015, 09:46 AM #51746
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05-24-2015, 02:01 PM #51748
A produce guy at the store was whistling "Kung Fu Fighting", and now it's stuck in my head. Thanks a lot, produce guy.WOOP WOOP WOOP
05-24-2015, 06:10 PM #51749
05-24-2015, 06:18 PM #51750