German Advent Calendar 9 – 2 4 1

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“2 4 1”

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Hello everyone,

and welcome to day 9 of our Advent Calendar.
And after our deep dive into the law yesterday, I think we deserve a nice, relaxing
EXERCISE!!!
UUUAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!
Wait, why am I screaming…. so yeah, today we’ll do an exercise, and it’s something without speaking for once, because today, we’ll deal with

Multiple Translations

We all know (and love) that German often has multiple translation for an English word, each of which with its own little niche.

Today, we’ll go over a few of those and you can see if you know when to use which.
And don’t worry… not the complicated ones that involve grammar.
Just some easy pairs :).

I’ll give you a couple of sentences in English that have the same word in it, and two translations of that word.
And you basically have to match the words up with the sentence, by dragging and dropping them into the empty field.

Now, sometimes the two German words are “exclusive” so one only works for one sentence and the other ONLY for the other.
But there are also examples, where one word would fit both contexts while the other only fits one.

So, if you’re ready, then I’d say… viel Spaß :)!

And, how’d you do? I’m sure it was easy for many of you, but you never know :). Let me know if you have any questions about any of the pairs and if you want you can also share a few others that you find confusing.
Have a great day, and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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sierra
sierra
8 months ago

yarrooh! 100% with only one guess. (the lang and lange). Thanks that was helpful

kayla
kayla
8 months ago

I’m a very lapsed German student (I reached B1 about nine months ago, then life got in the way of my studies) and I got all of these correct. The only word I wasn’t familiar with was ‘eng’ but I knew ‘fest’. thanks for this fun quiz that made me feel like I haven’t forgotten everything I’ve learned.

Starbuck
Starbuck
8 months ago

Is schwer vs schwierig a regional thing? In Salzburg I nearly always hear schwierig, and schwer seems to mainly be used for heavy.

Salidee
Salidee
8 months ago
Reply to  Starbuck

My area too!

Starbuck
Starbuck
8 months ago
Reply to  Emanuel

Yeah I try to bear it in mind when I read your posts that there could be some things that are different here. But I have resigned myself to the idea that my German will be a hot mess of mainly Hochdeutsch but with English words and Dialekt words thrown in. And my pronounciation is apparently quite good, but then i have to say a word like “wichtigste” and I sound like a child still learning to talk ^^

Alan
Alan
8 months ago

My first ever 100% Yay

Mark
Mark
8 months ago

Großartiges Quiz!

Francesca Greenoak
Francesca Greenoak
8 months ago

Fun breakfast activity. Next time could you please give us the German phrase. I’d forgotten the idiomatic ‘hold tight’ and I depend on you for everyday acceptable German. Is it Halte fest or Halte dich fest …?
Thank you too for the acknowledgement that a single German word can have a number of different meanings. The Google translate thesaurus can be quite overwhelming in that respect as everything seems to leak into everything else.- but according to an unseen logic. That’s where reading a lot helps, I suppose.
All best and thanks for continuing to be entertaining and informative as well as useful .

Francesca Greenoak
Francesca Greenoak
8 months ago
Reply to  Emanuel

Got it. Thank you.
I also found the following query and answers useful.
Would you be able to introduce some kind of like function so we can show which questions and answers interested and helped us ?It’s boring to do a Reply that’s jus a thankyou but I often feel quite unappreciative.

Francesca Greenoak
Francesca Greenoak
8 months ago
Reply to  Emanuel

Okay.
The extra server activity did occur to me too. I do find some of the other comments and queries really interesting in ways that take us to new realms and I’d liketo be able to acknowledge that …but I respect your decision.

PS the drag/drop on Q5 in today’s (advent day 13 ) didn’t work on my tablet though the previous d/d did.

Elsa
Elsa
8 months ago

Hello,
No typos today! And a topic that’s not “umstritten” :)

I got the last one wrong, the others I found easy. When I got to lang/lange, I was very unsure, I hesitated a lot and after dragiing and dropping and swapping a few times, I thought, ok, 50/50 chance, leave it as it is now… it was WRONG… but at least now I understand why.

These words whose difference is the letter at the end confuse me a lot, z.B. allein/alleine (which has nothing to do with gender, oder?) and die beiden/beide/beides (have never managed to figure out what the difference is…).

Bis morgen!

Elsa
Elsa
8 months ago
Reply to  Elsa

Oh, and I just thought of gern/gerne. I know they’re the same but I have the gut feeling that gerne is almost always used when preceded by sehr or used on its own, whereas gern is left e-less when the sentence has no sehr/other words… But I could be entirely wrong ;)

kayla
kayla
8 months ago
Reply to  Emanuel

I feel like a phrase like “Ich schwimme gern” or “Ich spiele gern Klavier” would be really weird with “gerne” instead of “gern”.

amerikanskan
amerikanskan
8 months ago

Speaking of same, same but different, would it be possible to get an explanation for the different between beide and beides? Beides is singular and beide is plural, got that, but I can’t seem to get a feel for what is meant by if the two things discussed are the same or not. Like, if they belong to the same group. (Menschen sind immer beide/plural). The info I have, z.B. https://hooktube.com/watch?v=ILy08BMsqOE is confusing: chocolate and gummi bears are different: beides. (but both are candy, not like I’m choosing between Chocolate and Pasta). Red vs white gummi bears is beide – both are gummi bears, but different colors. Um, how to know where the line goes to be the same? Gummi bears, candy, food? Who decides this? Kinda the same feeling as this Türchen, same, same but different.

amerikanskan
amerikanskan
8 months ago
Reply to  Emanuel

Leider, nicht. If you see the film I linked in my comment and then perhaps even German wif’ Jenny’s then you’ll see that the humans are Beide but the way they discuss what is Beides is difficult to understand regarding where the line between same and different goes.

https://hooktube.com/watch?v=eb03gtUP0oc

amerikanskan
amerikanskan
8 months ago
Reply to  Emanuel

Awww, I love German wif’ Jenny! She is the epitome of a German Aspie, and she really loves spreading her love for the language and her own learning tricks – she’s a real Mensch (in the Yiddish sense of the word).

Her videos are really well done, she puts a lot of time and effort into what she does, and does it well. Ok, so she’s not everyone’s cuppa tea but she is very helpful.

Thanks for the input on Beide/Beides.

fairyhedgehog
fairyhedgehog
8 months ago

That was fun! I got them right but I didn’t always know why, and lange was just a guess, so the explanations were helpful.

amerikanskan
amerikanskan
8 months ago

12 outta 12 – easy peasy HOWEVER: figuring out where to put the words starting with the second que was more difficult. The “drop” field in question 1 was the entire empty space, when I got to the second and third, I didn’t “get” the red, dotted line indicated that the drop field had been moved to the right (rechts) and had to write my answers on a piece of paper and then check. By question number four, ist es mir eingefallen, that the dotted, red line might mean something…

Meine Fresse! Wie blöd kann nur ein Weib sein? Naja,

Diese Quiz/Tests sind supi – die Wörter sind so ähnlich, dass man halt tägliche Übung benötigt, damit den “ähnliche Wort-Muskel” fit zu halten.

Bissell
Bissell
8 months ago

As an “A1 wanna be” I’m happy with my 5/6. Lang/Lange was a guess (wrong). The others I either knew or ‘felt’ strongly about with no actual facts for why one was correct. I personally like these quizzes on the site. And I liked the explanations you gave for the answers.

Padraig
Padraig
8 months ago
Reply to  Bissell

Lang/Lange. Think Fritz Lang, famous (in his day or if you’re a film buff) German FILM producer.