Practice Past Tense By Speaking – Spoken Past 1

What’s up everyone,

how are you all doing? Are you feeling fit and awake?
Kinda sorta?
Well, that’ll have today, because today it’s time for a nice proper exercise about

German Past Tense

There are a few exercises about this on the site already, but this one is next level, because this one involves … speaking.
By YOU :).
Those of you who were following me through the summer might remember that the company EF -Languages offered me to use their AI speech recognition system and I actually put my hacker-hat on and integrated it into my site and the quiz system I’m using.
We already did a test of that in summer, and I’ve worked out a few kinks since then. I’m still working on it and adding features but I think it’s definitely ready for use.

So… in today’s exercise we’ll practice the German spoken past tense and you will HAVE to actually say the answer to pass.

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Word of the Day – “dicht”

Hello everyone,

and welcome to our German word of the day.
And this time, we’ll take a look at the meaning of

dicht

Some of you immediately thought of Goethe and Shakespeare and poetry, because poets are called Dichter in German.
But dicht itself is actually about being dense.
So the big question is:
are German poets dense?
This and much more
is what we’ll explore,
so let’s commence ;)

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New Feature: Taking your own notes

Hello everyone,

it’s September, start of a new school year for many, and it’s the perfect time for a new episode of the epic series ANF – A New Feature™©®.
We actually had quite a few this year already, with dark mode, the new website layout, the option to slow down examples, my growing dictionary, the voice recorder and the speech recognition AI.
But the feature I have now might be the most useful of them all.
Why? Well, my articles are usually a bit longer and there’s a lot of information in there. And it’s almost impossible to remember everything in one go.
So it would be really great to note down some key points that you can come back to later to review them.
Well… that’s exactly what you can do now, because from now on, you can

take your own notes

Yes, you read that right :)!

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Word of the Day – “tragen”

Hello everyone,

and welcome to our German Word of the Day, this time with a closer look at the meaning of

tragen

We do it with our shirt, we do it with our groceries, we do it with our lot in life. If you didn’t already know it, you might have guessed it by now – tragen is the German word for to carry.
It’s actual relative English however, is a different word… drag.
Which is exactly what today’s episode is going be, with all the prefix versions of tragen, so you better get yourself some pillow or something… …
Nah, kidding, of course. It’ll be an absolute thrill ride, as usual. So are you ready to jump in?
Then let’s gooooo.

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