Learn German with Songs - Part 1: Colors
Songs can really help with language learning, since melody and rhythm make it easier to remember. In this new series I'll share songs that can help your language learning.
For now I'll focus on folk- and children's songs, since a) they're easy and b) they're in the public domain, so I can be sure the video I link to will still be here tomorrow
Todays topic is "Colors" and todays song is "Grün, Grün, grün sind alle meine Kleider".
Credit to "Sing mit mir - Kinderlieder" for their cute video whose visuals will hopefully help you remember even better.
grün - green
Kleider - clothes
lieben - to love
darum - therefore, that is why
Schatz - term of endearment, lit: treasure
rot - red
Reiter - rider, horseman
reiten - to ride
blau - blue
schwarz - black
white - weiß
bunt - colorful, motley
Maler - painter
malen - to paint
Additional vocabulary: These are words that aren't as common, but are necesarry to understand the song. You may learn them, but you can also just focus on the core vocabulary.
Jäger - hunter
Matrose - sailor, seaman
Schornsteinfeger - chimney sweep
Schornstein - chimney
fegen - to sweep
Müller - miller
You may already know that that the 1st Person Singular of "lieben" is "Ich liebe". However the "e" at the end of 1st Person Singular verbs may be dropped in colloquial speech. When written down this is usually signified by an apostrophe: "Darum lieb' ich, alles was so bunt ist"
Maybe you noticed that "Reiter" is not a profession, so the rider does not really fit in with the other boyfriends. This is because the "Reiter" is a relatively new addition to the song. In the old-timey version of the song the "red" boyfriend was a butcher (Metzger), which may be a bit macabre, espcially for a cute Youtube video. So I see why it was changed.
Practice: Answer in German:
Welche Farben haben die Kleider die ihr heute tragt? (tragen - to wear)
Welche Farben liebt ihr? Warum?
Discussion: Do you like this series? What could I improve? What topics would you like next?