https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

Essential German - Memrise course

Hi all,

I started building a Memrise course many months back using some of the most essential words in the German language.

I am now up to letter "P". Woohoo!

Also, I bought a new microphone recently so I have begun to re-record all sound clips of each word in much higher quality (and my pronunciation has improved a lot since I began too).

So, if you need a great course that gets down to business and will help boost your vocabulary, here is the link:

http://www.memrise.com/course/896896/the-art-of-german-essential-vocabulary/

Some of you here are already taking the course, so thanks for being a part of it! You help inspire me to keep going!

viele Grüße aus Berlin,

Lance

April 20, 2016

29 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lorel90

Danke.

April 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

Sehr gerne!

April 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/professortall007

Hope to join you soon! Viele Grusse

April 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John-AI4FR

Thanks, I'm involved in several courses at memrise but have saved yours to hit in the near future. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

April 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bob20020

Great work. I will use Memrise more now that I have this.

April 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YanxinFeng

I appreciate you sharing this with others! good job!

April 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gwiwenneth

Danke Lance! I'll also follow you :)

April 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/minutesuae

Das ist gut. Ich bin aus Ägypten. Ich speche Arabisch und Englisch und lerne Duetsch.

April 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RyanRryebr

This looks very good. I have started learning. Vielen Dank.

April 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

Awesome! Thanks for being part of it!

April 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/buck72

Lance, Danke. :) Some Lingots for you!

April 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

Ahhhh cheers mate! :-D

April 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/johnr41a

Vielen dank

April 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

Gerne!

April 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shanealton

Das ist ausgezeichnet! Danke.

April 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

Freut mich!

April 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vera.tiperciuc

good job!

April 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

Thanks!

April 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Horis5

Anyone interested to join whatsapp group for german conversation are welcome, or if you guys have whatsapp group, please let me join.., lets learn foreign language together.. :)

April 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/micahjd

I like memrise a lot I will check out you page! Thanks

April 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anamar_26

Hey Lance! I started to use menrise after you wrote about it. Before I did know it and I really like! I have problems with the case I should use with each verb, is there a way to see it in menrise? Thanks for taking the time to do this!

April 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

Hey there! There is no need to worry about cases at all :-) Just remember to add the definite article if the word is a noun. If it says "tree" in English you need to make sure to say "der Baum" for instance. These will always be in the nominative case. In English we only ever have one definite article, so I didn't see the need to say "the alcohol", "the bear", "the newspaper". But if you (and others) think this is necessary, let me know and I could spend a few hours updating. But for now just always include the definite article anytime a noun comes up.

And with verbs, just use the infinitive form. For example, if it asks "lesen", write "to read", or vice versa.

Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. Glad you like the course! Thanks for joining the group :-)

April 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

Also keep in mind that cases are tied up the the articles and adjectives and not with verbs. With verbs, you eventually need to know how to conjugate them to fit whichever personal pronoun you are referring back to, but you needn't worry about that in my course.

die, der, das are the nominative cases for the definite articles. That is all you will need to know for the various nouns in this course. And remember--it is crucial to always remember the nominative form of the definite article each time you learn a new noun.

As far as knowing if a noun fits into one of those three, well, that just takes a lot of time and practice to master :-)

But maybe I misunderstood your question? Hope I didn't ramble too much!

April 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anamar_26

Thanks for the tipps! I know what you mean, but I think I was not so clear. I mean for example, abholen is with akk, I hole dich ab, but sagen is with dative, Ich sag dir. And in the moment to talk, I am always confused. I hope I've explain myself better! You didn't ramble at all. Thanks again!

April 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

Also, as far as knowing when you use the Akkusativ or Dativ with the verb, think of it this way:

We are using Akkusativ with "Ich hole dich ab" because we are dealing with a direct object in the sentence, namely: dich. Who am I picking up? You! Everything is very clear and to the point. No middle man.

In your other example "Ich sag dir", notice how there is no direct object. "I say you" doesn't make any sense. In English we take a shortcut and say, "I tell you", but we can't get away that easily in German. If we are to be more precise in English, we of course say "I tell it to you".

There is instead an indirect object (dir), or indirect recipient of the verb in the sentence, but the "dir" is not being directly verbed (rather, it is a receiving something FROM the verb). Think about that in English: I say you. We need an extra word there, which would be "to". I tell (it) to you. Ich sage es dir.

Without the "es", we would be saying: I say to you. In spoken German, I think it sounds more like: Ich sags dir.

Who am I saying something to? To you! With dativ verbs, we are always asking the question TO or FOR whom is the verb being done. Who is the beneficiary of the verb?

See how that works? Hope that helps. It may not be a perfect explanation, but it's the best I can do at the moment. And of course there is always the added complexity of prepositions and learning whether or not they force the proceeding articles or adjectives into the Dativ or Akkusativ. And we even have to deal with this in relation to reflexive verbs. Ich wasche mich (I wash myself). Ich wasche mir die Hände (literally: I wash the hands for myself).

Fun, fun, fun! :-D German is like a giant puzzle

April 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anamar_26

Hahaha! you made me laugh! But it is true, german is like this! Maybe that is the reason why I like it! Thanks a lot for your explanation, I've never seen that way, but helped me to understand a bit more! And by the way, I will try the link that you sent me! Thanks a lot! You are really nice!

April 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

No problem. Happy to help anytime :-)

April 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

Ah, I think I understand now! Are you requesting that I add in an A or a D to show whether or not the verb is akkusativ or dativ (and sometimes they can be either/or of course, depending on the context).

That way, you will be more prepared with you answer duoLingo challenges? :-) Makes sense to me. I can consider upgrading the course and implementing such a feature.

April 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

By the way, I recently started a new Memrise course because I often struggle to know which preposition gets paired with certain verbs. Here is the link:

http://www.memrise.com/course/1073267/common-german-verbs-prepositions/

I have organised commonly used Akkusativ verbs separately from the Dativ verbs. Hope that helps further your learning experience :-)

April 25, 2016
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