Advent Calendar 18 – “For the players”

Hello everyone,

and welcome to day 18 of our advent calendar, this time with a little language game called

Assassin’s Creed 4 – TestDaf

Yeah, you wish :).
Seriously though, today I want to play two little games with you. They’re not nothing special, or unique to German or anything and many of you probably know it. But maybe not in a language learning context. And I think they’re actually a pretty cool way to practice and repeat vocabulary. It’s a bit dull alone but we can have some fun here :).

So, the idea of the first one, let’s call it Word-Box is as follows: You take a word and see how many words you can build with the letters in that word. Let’s do a simple example:

  • English
    nigh, she, sling, gin, his, in, sleigh, I, shin

Quite a few for such a short word and I probably forgot a few.

The second game, we’ll call it Associations,  is something they often do during huddle in Football… wait, I meant creative writing workshop…. uh.. clearly I haven’t been to one in a while.
But yeah, so you take a word and then you have to associate words or phrases for each letter. It’s harder to explain than to understand so let’s just do an example

  • G rievance
    E xtra complicated
    R ules
    M asculine
    A nti student
    N ot fun

Just whatever comes to mind first is best. Often it’s the subconscience that makes the association. That’s how my therapist found out about my squirrel trau… but I digress.

So… these are the two little games and now let’s actually play them :). The word is for the first game is .. drumroll…

  • Weihnachtsbaum

And trust me… there are a LOT of German word hidden in this one. Let’s see if we can find them all in the comments. And just so everyone can contribute, please don’t post more than 4. … because.. 4th of advent and so on. 
Oh and for the second game… you can choose between Deutsch and  Advent. I’m really curious to read your associations :).
Also, what about the game itself? Do you think it’s helpful for a language learner? Or not at all? Do you know other fun little games like that? And do you maybe know an app for the first game by any chance? Let me know in the comments below.
As always, one of you will win a little giveaway and I’ll pick the winners after Christmas so you can take your time.
Schönen Tag euch,  and bis morgen.

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duuuudeZ
duuuudeZ
5 years ago

Schach/Schacht
umbau(t)en
beachten
beinah

Danke
Euch
Und
TSCHüs.

Alle
Drei
Verkäufer
Entführen
Nette
Täufer.

cam147147
cam147147
5 years ago

Weinachtsbaum……

Tuch
Absicht
einsam
Wachheit

JuanMa
JuanMa
5 years ago

Just wanted to leave something for the associations game, a complete phrase rather than a word-by-word:

Durch
Erklärugen
unterrichtest
tolle
Sprache
cooler
Herren

Jason Harrison
Jason Harrison
5 years ago

The only other word I can make out in Weinachtsbaum is ‘ausmachen’…;)

Jessica
Jessica
5 years ago

I decided to swap the associations just for fun.

Die
Engeln
Unten
Teilen
Schafhirten
Chor
Halleluja

Adjectiven
Deklination
Verben
Endungen
Nomen
Tempus

Shannon Skilton
Shannon Skilton
5 years ago

hautnah, der Schaum, achten, die Umsicht

Ruth
Ruth
5 years ago

D – Dichter
E – Erdbeere
U – Unsinn
T – Teilchenbeschleuniger (have learned something from you, Emanuel); Telemann
S – [Olympia]Stadion
C – Chor
H – Hauptbahnhof; Händel

Tim Muller
Tim Muller
5 years ago

Ich meine, die leichten Wörter wurden schon genommen. Aber es gibt noch:
Sache
bauen/baute etc
nach

Franziska
Franziska
5 years ago

deutlich
Einbildend
Umweltschutz
Türkei
Spandau
Currywurst
heutig
Landkarte
Arbeitnehmerschaft
nett
Döner

Ziixxxitria
5 years ago

Weihnachtsbaum

Baum counts, right? Weit, nach, nicht, Maus, heit? Haus, Buch, Stein, Bach, tauchen, Bauch.

That was a pretty fun exercise! I think it’s probably best if you use a decently long word. (Fortunately, there aren’t a shortage of those in German.)

Ano Menschkind Königin
Ano Menschkind Königin
5 years ago

Challenge angenommen! :D

Weihnachtsbaum

Wehtun
Hand
Bauch
Wacht
Staub

Noch dann…

A- Ach
D- Du
V- Verdammter
E- Engel
N- Nie
T- Tauchen

Macht 0 Sinn. Bedauere es nicht aber :p

Ano Menschkind Königin
Ano Menschkind Königin
5 years ago

Ich kann weiter schreiben? Geil!

Mehr Worte aus Weihnachtsbaum:
Haut
Abhauen
Wale
Acht
Bunt
Weihe
Mischt
Machten
Stand
Hach
Hast
Ist
Sein
Baum
Tauschen
Sucht
Wunsch

Alles das ist klappen kann. :)

i
i
5 years ago

Weihnachstbaum:
Hase
Nase
Name
Tasche

Iago
Iago
5 years ago

Only simple words, but I think it still counts.

Game 1:
1. nichts
2. Haus
3. echt
4. bahn

Game 2:
D – Dampf
E – Euro
U – Urknall
T – Traum
S – Singen
C – Chinesisch (that was really hard)
H – Himmel

david
5 years ago

A-Anbieten
D-deutlich
V-Vergeben
E-Erkennen
N-Nachmittag
T-Trotz

Mr.frog
Mr.frog
5 years ago

Buch-Tauschen-Tasche-Huhn :)

Brightstar
Brightstar
5 years ago

Weihnachtsbaum
– Warum
– Einfach
– Idee (e)
– Herein
Advent
– Achtung
– Doppel
– Vertrag (r)
– Einige

Franziska
Franziska
5 years ago

Hut, Maus, Bausch, Weib

Charles
Charles
5 years ago

1.

Ei
Maus
Taube
Schein

2.

Dienen
Erinnern (sich)
Unheimlich
Tausend
Schicksal
Chance
Hoch

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 years ago

Game 1:

Webcam
Munchies
Machine
Humanise

Game 2:

E xtremely
M arvelous
A nd
N ecessary
U seful
E veryday
L essons

Have a nice Sonntag :-)

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

There are plenty of Anagram games ( what you called “Word- Box” for the 1st game) in the app store. My favorite anagram-type game app is called “Just Jumble”. :-)

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 years ago
Reply to  Emanuel

Hi Emanuel, hope you found a few Anagrams games to your liking on the app store. Since you like word games, there is an app called “German Word Search Puzzles”…. I think you might enjoy it and will be easy for you. :-) I am glad you, your family and friends are Ok. Be careful & stay safe.

Amy
5 years ago

I will take all the easy ones for the first game: nacht, baum, ich, mich and wie

As for the second:

Deutschland (I know, a bit of a cheat)

Entschuldigung (because that’s what I will be saying all the time when I am in Germany)

Ubersetzung

Taglich

Schwierig

Computer? Are there any words in German that start with C other than cognates from English or other languages

Hart

Thanks for the games!

Ruth
Ruth
5 years ago
Reply to  Emanuel

Also der Choral, which seems very German.