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Why does German have no memorizing tricks? If there are any please post them here.

June 28, 2013


I'm not sure what you mean by "memorizing tricks". Please explain.

The words: aus, bei, mit, nach, zeit, von, zu always take dative. The words: durch, für, gegen, ohne, um always take akkusativ. The words: an, auf, hinter, in, neben, über, unter, vor, zwischen take both akkusativ and dativ depending on the situation. Akkusativ when movement or an action is taking place, dative when location is the essence.

There are probably some mnemonics for these, but we simply learnt them by heart in school. Luckily when you have learnt the declination and a few rules such as these, your german understanding will be sufficient to do quite well.

Um, the whole website is a memorizing trick. It gets it stuck in your long term memory. If you want another way to memorize German, make flash cards, or write stuff down in a notebook. That's what I do.

a memorizing trick something like a song or jingle or anything of that sort.

I don't know of any songs or jingles. There are simple tricks, though. For example, any noun ending in -ung (e.g. Beziehung, Leistung, Umdrehung), -keit (e.g. Fähigkeit, Aufmerksamkeit), and -tion (e.g. Revolution, Kommunikation) will be feminine. Also a verb can become a noun and then has a neuter definite article. For example, the verb essen (to eat) as a noun is das Essen (the food or meal) and, the verb rennen (to run or race) as a noun is das Rennen (the race). I hope that this is of some help to you.

Thanks for the comments.

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