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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parisbongi
parisbongi

For English -> shingle (Wordmole was a favorite game like this on an old mobile phone called a Blackberry)
Es ist schwieriger auf Deutsch aber eine gute Übung.Für Weihnachtsbaum:
– Bauch
– nicht
– hauchte
– machen

Danke und Schönen vierten Advent!

ibrahimus
ibrahimus

1) Bach
2) Stein
3) Heim
4) Macht

Anonymous
Anonymous

Let me get in early with my easy ones :)

weil = because
Wien = Vienna – does that count?
Wein = wine
weit = far/wide/long

Ruth
Ruth

Game 1
Bach, Staub, bauen, Stein
I hope you don’t want genders for the nouns.

For game 2 are proper names permitted, or is that too easy?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Mein
Stau
Haut
macht

Brightstar
Brightstar

Great Emanuel. I’d suggest we add the article to nouns :)

evabara
evabara

Weihnachstbaum:
– Heimat
– Bein
– Wein
– schauen

Alles zusammen
Dunkel
Verspeisen
Eierpunch
Nikolaus
Tannenbaum

(ich bin nicht sicher, ob “alles zusammen” hier passt oder nicht, aber es fiel mir gar nichts für A ein…)

Amy

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!

Anonymous
Anonymous

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

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”. :-)

Charles
Charles

1.

Ei
Maus
Taube
Schein

2.

Dienen
Erinnern (sich)
Unheimlich
Tausend
Schicksal
Chance
Hoch

Franziska
Franziska

Hut, Maus, Bausch, Weib

Brightstar
Brightstar

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

Mr.frog
Mr.frog

Buch-Tauschen-Tasche-Huhn :)

david

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

Iago
Iago

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

i
i

Weihnachstbaum:
Hase
Nase
Name
Tasche

Ano Menschkind Königin
Ano Menschkind Königin

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

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. :)

Ziixxxitria

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.)

Franziska
Franziska

deutlich
Einbildend
Umweltschutz
Türkei
Spandau
Currywurst
heutig
Landkarte
Arbeitnehmerschaft
nett
Döner

Tim Muller
Tim Muller

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