And just so you know… if you’re looking for a normal exercise where you just fill in a few gaps in short sentences, then you’ve come to the wrong place. This quiz is HARD as fur. I mean rock. Or actually like a rock with fur on it. It’s soft on the surface but under it is the cold hard reality of … German.
and welcome to our German Word of the Day. This time, we’ll take a look at the meaning of
I’m sure it’s not a super crazy reveal that stecken is related to to stick. And the two verbs do overlap. But they also have their differences. And their family as a whole is pretty interesting. So we have lots to talk about and lots of cool words to learn and I’d say, we’ll jump right in.
I think it’s episode two or three now, I don’t know. Anyway, the topic this time is Ljubljana.
Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia, which is a country in Europe, which is a continent on Earth, which is a planet in the sol… okay seriously :) Slovenia is right under Austria. It has a lot of mountains, but also a tiny fraction of the mediterranean coast. It used to belong to former Yugoslavia, but it was the first one to become independent and it had nothing to do with the war that went on in the Balkans a while back. The language belongs to the Slavic family, but they’re not using the Cyrillic alphabet and all in all, it didn’t feel very eastern European to me. There are a lot of Austrian influences, the supermarkets are pretty much German (Spar, Lidl, Hofer … which is Aldi in Germany) and half the stuff there has German labels, but the impression I got was neither German, nor Eastern European but instead…. well, you’ll hear it in the podcast.
and welcome to the second part of our awesome series on
German Relative Clauses
In the first part (find it here), we learned a bit about relative clauses in general and in English, just have some sort of background. And then we learned the basics about how it works in German. Here are the three important points:
All the verbs are at the end, just like in a weil-sentence
German uses definite articles as relative pronouns. Like… all of them.
Look left for the gender, look right for the case
Today, in a sort of Q and A format, we’ll talk about the finer details and flesh out some differences to English that lead to a lot of mistakes. Sounds good? Then let’s jump right in :)