and welcome to the last day of our epic German Summer Bootcamp. That’s right. We almost made it. For now, I mean. We’ll do more exercises in the future, don’t you worry about that.
But for now it’s enough and today, for our grand finale, we’ll once again practice someone’s favorite topic:
And we’ll take the same approach as in the first case practice in this summer camp.
So we’ll deal with a lot of aspects of cases at once – pronouns, definite articles, indefinite articles, cases and verbs, cases and prepositions, possessive pronouns. That’s a lot and quite unusual for a case exercise, but there’s one thing that we’re not gonna deal with …
Because today, all the nouns in question will be feminine.
The underlying idea for this type of exercise is that you get to see how entities “move” through everyday statements. Like… a die changes to a sie and then to ihr because of the cases. That way, without the gender interferring all the time, you can build an intuiton for cases and what “sounds” right. You know… that feeling that native speakers have that makes them so special :)
As I said, we’ve done this once with masculine nouns already, and the feedback of all of you was pretty positive, so I think it really does help.
Anyway, if you want to check out the first exercise of this type and a little more theory, then you can find it here:
Otherwise, I’d say let’s jump right in.
Here’s how it works:
I will give you a statement or little dialogue in English and you have to translate it to German. Or if that’s too much of a challenge, you can click the little “?” and you’ll get the translation with the classical gaps to fill.
Remember, all the “gap-words” are feminine. The nouns in question. But there are some other nouns in there that you’ll have to deal with when you do translations.
If you want, you can type your solution in the little text box and compare it to my version. But it doesn’t do that automatically, and it doesn’t save what you write, so don’t refresh :).
The solutions are as always in the audio and you can show them by clicking the big circle “O”.
This exercise is best suited for B1, but it’s also worth it to do it as an A2 student. The goal is not that you get everything right. The goal is that you see cases in ALL their forms in normal everyday statements and you get used to it and see patterns. And to spot aspects where you need to check the rules.
Redo the exercise several times, until you can kind of read it off of the page while filling in the right solutions.
Oh, one more thing… since for feminine the Nominative and the Accusative look the same, I marked the cases in the solution by color: Nominative, Dative, Accusative. And yes, that totally means there’s no Genitive here. I really wanted to focus on important everyday stuff and just forgot about the G.
Anyway, now I’d say… have fun with the exercise :)
“No, it’s blinding me.”
“Nein, _____ blendet mich.”
“Nein, sieblendet mich.”
“Because I didn’t give her her food yet.”
“Weil ich _____ ihr Essen noch nicht gegeben habe.”
“Weil ich ihr ihr Essen noch nicht gegeben habe.”
“It’s not his idea but mine.”
“Das ist nicht ____ Idee, sondern ____ !”
“Das ist nicht seine Idee, sondern meine!”
“Nah, no idea, I’m sorry.”
“Nee, ____ Ahnung, tut mir leid.”
“Nee, keine Ahnung, tut mir leid.”
No, it’s not.
“Nein, ist ____ nicht.”
“Nein, ist sie nicht.”
“Okay. I want oneanyway.”
“Ok. Ich will trotzdem ____.”
“Ok. Ich will trotzdem eine.”
And how was it? How did you do? Was it difficult? And if you did the workout multiple times, did you see an improvement? Some “sprachgefühl” even?
And are you glad the summer bootcamp is finally over?
Let me know ALL your questions and feedback in the comments.
I hope you had a great time during this summer camp and learned something. Have a great week and see you next time with a nice relaxed word of the day :).