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This mini lesson is about the main German articles: "der", "die" and "das".

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Lesson 1


In German we have three main articles:

der (masculine),
die (feminine) and
das (neuter).

Tip: The grammatical gender does not follow a logical set of rules. So always learn German nouns and articles together.

 

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  der Mann   the man
  Der Mann liest.   The man is reading.
       
  die Frau   the woman
  Die Frau isst.   The woman is eating.
       
  der Junge   the boy
  Der Junge trinkt.   The boy is drinking.
       
  das Mädchen   the girl
  Das Mädchen schreibt.   The girl is writing.

 

 


 

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Wer (who) liest – der Mann oder (or) die Frau?
Der Mann
Der Mann liest.


Wer isst – die Frau oder der Mann?
Die Frau
Die Frau isst.


Wer trinkt – das Mädchen oder der Junge?
Der Junge
Der Junge trinkt.


Und wer schreibt – die Frau oder das Mädchen?
Das Mädchen
Das Mädchen schreibt.

 

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I have been creating German vocabulary lessons on my other site:
Leicht-Deutsch-Lernen.com for some time now and once in a while I was asked to create basic online lessons for beginners or for learners who don't have much experience. Now the time has come! I am going to create a whole set of German lessons for beginners on this site here. But I also recommend checking out my regular German vocabulary units and do them too, even if you feel they are a little too advanced. You will make a huge step
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TPRS is the short form for Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling and it is a great method to learn foreign languages. If you have been learning a second language for some time, then you already know that learning can be very boring and exhausting and grammar is always the most boring part. And I bet you have heard that German grammar can be a little tricky and that German is not the easiest language to learn. You may wonder, how can I learn to speak German with TPRS? 


Well, have you ever learned something very quickly in your life?

I bet you did. And I guess it was something you really enjoyed, right? Actually this is the answer to the question: How do I learn German fast? Or how is it possible to learn German easily and effortlessly? The answer is very simple: You have to have fun!

And that is why I use a method called TPRS to teach you German. But let me explain this method a little. As the name suggests, there is always a story involved. I'm going to tell you a little funny story (or just sentences in the beginning) in German/English (or partly translated into English) and afterwards I will ask questions about it. That sounds very trivial right? But think about it for just one minute. Maybe you already know that when you listen to something many times, you will remember it more easily. So if you get a funny or interesting story, you would probably have no problem to repeat it more than one time (repetition is very important). With every repetition you will deepen what you have learned. You will get to know many new words because you always get the English translation as well. But that is not all. You also need to know how to pronounce the German words. And therefore I always provide an audio recording with every lesson. You will hear a native speaker tell the story and ask the questions.

Now you are able to learn new words and you get the correct pronunciation. But that doesn't make you a fluent German speaker right? That is why I use the question and answer game. I will ask questions about the story but in a very special way. If you have listened to the story, you learned all the necessary German words to answer the questions. Actually the questions are created in a way that you just need to change the word oder of the question a little to answer it correctly. And the most important thing is that you are actively involved. By answering questions your brain is active and will absorb the information just like that. It is the most effective way to learn new things. If you just repeat sentences like in many language courses your brain is passive and will soon forget all new vocabularies.

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By the way, DaF means: Deutsch als Fremdsprache
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