German Advent Calendar 16 – Ge-forming

Written By: Emanuel Updated: December 19, 2021

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Hello everyone,

and welcome to day 16 of the Awesome Advent Calendar.
And after learning about Spiegel and synonyms, it is high time to do something a little more chill again.
Wait, did I say chill?
What I really meant was


As in challenging.
Because we’ll do another little work out.
During fall, we did a few speaking exercises for forming sentences in past tense. And today, we’ll once again deal with the past tense, but this time we’ll focus specifically on:

the ge-form (aka past participle)

Because the ge-forms of many of the most common verbs are irregular, and those blah blah  major challenge blah blah blah beginners blah blah blah.
So yeah, that’s what we’ll do today

As usual, we’ll do it by using speech recognition AI.
I’ll give you a German verb and you’ll have to find its ge-form. And to not make it too simplistic, you’ll have to answer as a stump sentence like so:

Ich bin gegangen.

So NOT JUST “gegangen”.
And don’t worry, I’ll tell you whether to use haben or sein, so you really only need to focus on the ge-form.

To start the recording just press the button and press it again to stop. The software will then compare your version to the proper answer, and if yours is good enough of a match you get a breakdown how well you did.

If it’s too hard, you can adjust the difficulty at any point in the quiz, so you can set it to anywhere between  100% match (which is almost impossible) and one percent match (which is pretty much anything).
If you click hint, you’ll see an indication whether the ge-form ends in the regular or the irregular -en, so you just have to figure out the stem. And along with the hint, you’ll also see a play button where you can hear me say it.

Keep in mind, that the goal is that you practice these forms till they become automatic. So if you don’t nail it on the first try, just do the quizz again a few times over the course of a week, till you start getting bored. That’s usually  a good sign that you know the material :).

Oh and for tech… the record button changes color when it is working. So if it doesn’t change color upon you clicking it, it’s probably because the browser is blocking my site access to your mic. Let me know in the comments if you need help with that.

Cool, so now we’re all set, and I’d say… viel Spaß :)

Let me know in the comments how you did and if you’d like more exercises with this format. These were some of the most important ones, but not all of them, so we could do more or even a bigger one.

Anyway, I hope you had a good time, have a great day, and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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