The Calendar Awakens

The Calendar Awakens

It was dormant for ages,
a memory for some, a legend to others, unknown to many.
But the prophecies foretold it shall rise again,
and bring fun and FOMO to those who seek to learn German.
Today, the prophecies are proven right,
for it has returned –
the Yourdailygerman Advent Calendar.

 

So yeah… I’m doing the calendar again. Hooray!!
Every day until Christmas, I’ll post a short (or not so short) article, that has to do with learning German. And I have to say… this year’s calendar is actually the seventh one, which is pretty crazy, and I feel like it might be the most interesting one so far.
Like… I’m even going to talk about the legal system.

 

 

Seriously though… it’s going to be great!

So yeah… during the calendar, you’ll get an email from me every day with the link for the new “door”. And I’ve actually upgraded my email sending plan for this, so all of you will have the email right in time for you morning coffee. Well … except okay… if you’re in Australia, it’s more the noon coffee.

Oh, and of course the calendar is FREE again, because that’s the spirit of Christmas, or something.
So even if you’re not a member, you can read every post without getting blocked.

So yeah… give me some hype in the comments, and I’ll see you tomorrow with door number 2 :)

German Prefixes Explained – “ent-” Part II

Hello everyone,

and welcome back to the second part of our look at the prefix

ent-

In the first part (which you can find here), we learned that the core theme is removing but it can also lean toward out and for some verbs it even is about outward in a sense of emerging.
And honestly… if you’re just looking for practical information, that was all you need, because you can make sense of like 90% of all ent-verbs with it.

But hey… language learning shouldn’t all be about being practical and pragmatic and applicable. We’re not learning machines.
So today, we’ll indulge our inner nerd and look at the family and origin of ent- to get a few more insights. And also gather some material you can use on your next date to impress. Like…
“Did you know that ent- was etymologically related to antler?
“Uh… no. That’s so interesting.”
Absolute win. Also at parties.
And that’s not all because we’ll also see some more ent-verbs along the way, some of which are really really useful.
So are you ready to jump in?
Then let’s go.

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Past Tense with “sein” – Speaking Practice

Hello everyone,

and welcome to back to a new episode of SWEET – that’s short for Speaking with Emanuel’s Epic Training.
For those of you who are new here… in spring I partnered up with EF languages and I can now use their speech grading AI and integrate it into exercises here on my site.
So now, instead of multiple choice or filling in a gap, you actually get to SAY a phrase or a sentence, in a safe space at your own speed and you don’t just practice the theory but also… well… practice.
And I think, that’s really really important and beneficial, especially for beginners for many aspects of grammar.

One of these grammar topics is the past tense and that’s what we’ll practice today.
Or specifically, we’ll do a set for

The Past Tense for Verbs with “sein”

We already did one session about this, where we focused on verbs that go with haben (find it here).
And yes, we’ll also do one where you have to pick haben or sein yourself and possibly some other formats, too.
But yeah, today we’ll focus on the most common verbs that go with sein.
So if you’re ready and your jaw is loose then let’s jump right in.

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German Prefixes Explained – “ent-“

Hello everyone,

and welcome to a new episode of our series German Prefix Verbs explained.
Oh wait, did I say Prefix VERBS Explained?!
What I really wanted to say is German Prefixes Explained.
I mean… Prefix Verbs Explained is a good show, educational and some nice jokes here and there. But it’s nothing special, really. But German Prefixes Explained… oh man… that’s epic.
That’s the series where we learned about the meanings of be- and ver- and er-.
And today, we’ll tackle another one of the codependen… I mean inseparable prefixes because today, we’ll take a look at the meaning of

ent-

“Oh no, Emanuel, don’t expose me! I want to stay mysterious.”
Shut up, ent- ! You’ll be explained just like your prefix friends. And you’re not even that mysterious. I mean… most learners kind of have a feeling that you are about removing.
“Hmm, really?! You think?”
Yes.
“Damn it. But okay… I still have my little secrets.”
Yeah, and we’ll talk about all of them today. So, let’s buckle up and jump right in, shall we?
“No.”
Dude, I was talking to the audience. So are you ready to jump in?
Then let’s go.

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