German Advent Calendar 21 – Sneak Peek

 

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Sneak Peek

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Hallo ihr lieben,

and welcome to day 21 of the absolutely epic Yourdailygerman Advent Calendar. And today,
I want to give you a little sneak peek into something I have been working on quite a bit over the past year:

My Abs

 

Nah, kidding.
My abs are super chiseled of course, but they don’t have much to do with German learning.
What I really want to show you a sneak peek of is the book I am working on.
Or I should say, WE are working on.
Because I have teamed up with a really talented illustrator and we’re making a book about separable prefix verbs.
Not sure, actually, if I told you about that last year in the calendar :).

So yeah, the concept of the book is basically like a “prefix verb best of“. So we’re taking 30 of the most interesting ones and for each, we’re doing a quick explanation of its meaning and a few examples, but most importantly, a cartoon. And those are really really lovely.
Of course, there’ll also be a short section about grammar, but the idea is really that you have a beautiful book you can flip through every now and then, read a couple of entries and slowly get a feel and maybe even a liking for prefix verbs.
So are you ready for a preview?
Here it is. It’s a little blurry, but just click on the image to get the full size pdf-version.

(click the image or here for full size pdf)

 

We’re still working on the layout, and we still have to finish some texts and some cartoons but yeah… just a matter of time and you’ll get some 200 pages of prefix verb awesomeness :).
Like… I’m super duper excited and I’m sure you’ll really like it.

So yeah, that’s the little sneak peek. Let me know in the comments how you like the look of it so far and if you have any ideas for it or some questions.
And other than that, have a great day, and I’ll see you tomorrow.

 

Oh and here is Helen’s (the artist) Instagram, for more cartoons about German:

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Elizabeth20
Elizabeth20
4 months ago

The Sneak Peak looks good. I like the examples that support the illustration. The book is going to be amazing.
I did not receive any Email after this one. (Adventskalender).
Could you please send me the content/links for 22nd-24th. Thanks.
I really enjoy reading your Emails although i need to read them all of them together due to time constraints.

Eranda
Eranda
4 months ago

This book is amazinggggg!!!
Just wanted to leave a big THANK YOU for signing me up for a year as a member since I cannot afford to pay. I am profoundly grateful!! Vielen Dank!

hfilosa
hfilosa
4 months ago

Small feedback on the book (which I’ll probably get), the layout of the text looks amateurish. I think it’s the usage of left aligned as opposed to a justified layout. Centering “To hold up.” would look better there imo. Consulting a specialist might be useful. Exciting stuff!

Thutrang
Thutrang
5 months ago

I am aboslutely looking forward to having that book. A good job you have done with the book.Very nicely done

Pia
Pia
5 months ago

I seem to be missing something. I still don’t know when to use halt and when to use aufhalten. Halt like Achtung is well-known in the english speaking world mainly from the old world war 2 movies. Even my hubby knows what halt means. I am guessing the correct command is Halt auf! which has evolved into just Halt! ??
Will I buy the book? Probably yes, but your example confused me. Especially because the book should be about prefixes. ie when to use them or not. I don’t mean to be critical, just confused.
Thanks for the instagram follower.

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 months ago
Reply to  Pia

I agree! My first reaction was “ dang, I’m using “halten sie” incorrectly. I like when experts explain wen to use and wen not to use XYor Z. But I think they can get down to my level.

Fanny Hensel in Maine
Fanny Hensel in Maine
5 months ago

Ich werde schon ein bisschen traurig, wenn ich daran denke, dass dein epic Adventskalender 2021 bald zu Ende …aber mittlerweile macht es mir so viel Spaß! Vielen Dank für so viel Humor und Lernen. Dein neues Buch sieht absolut toll aus – ich kann es kaum erwarten, ein Exemplar zu kaufen. (You’ve also found an illustrator who is perfect for you.)
I was struck by your comment about how online language-learning communities tend to be nicest and most honest. I certainly enjoy reading the comments here, where there is an eager-for-knowledge vibe and a supportive atmosphere. (P.S. as I typed “atmosphere,” I just thought of the German word der Atem, which probably has a common root?)

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 months ago

I’m surprised Elsa hasn’t mentioned this yet, but the intro paragraph seems a little confused about whether this is day 20 or 21…

Pia
Pia
5 months ago
Reply to  Emanuel

This comment sounds like you put mistakes in on purpose and our mission is to spot them. A lot like “Where’s Wally?” haha

LCantoni
5 months ago

Ich will dieses Buch! :D

Mark
Mark
5 months ago

Super Arbeit! Ich freue mich auf die Veröffentlichung Deines Buchs!

Elsa
Elsa
5 months ago

Hello,

I NEED this book!!!!
Prefix verbs (along with vocab) are the reason my German is moving slooooooowly…
The cartoons are not only hilarious, but an absolutely awesome way for learners (especially visual learners, like me) to actually memorise these verbs once and for all…
Keep up the good work and don’t make us wait too long…

PS – If you need any detypoing on the book, let me know ;)
Bis Morgen!

anton.mukhin
anton.mukhin
5 months ago

Good day!

That looks absolutely hilarious, honestly as your whole series on prefix verbs (do not to be interpreted other articles are worse). Is there a way to preorder that? Are you going to have an ebook as well?

And as the idea which is really dear to my heart and that’s this time of the year, could you consider publishing something like Anki deck for that? Maybe starting something like a Kickstarter project, I’d definitely like to help with it both technically (I am a relatively experienced software developer), with my time and also financial.

Once again, thank you very much for your work, it’s awesome!

And Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

anton.mukhin
anton.mukhin
5 months ago
Reply to  anton.mukhin

Sorry, hilarious is the wrong word, wonderful I meant

anton.mukhin
anton.mukhin
5 months ago
Reply to  Emanuel

How can I reach you? I’d rather not post my email. I am also listening to Easy German podcast, so maybe I can reach you via some contacts over there.

Starbuck
Starbuck
5 months ago

Do you have an idea how much the book might cost yet? It sounds really great.

amerikanskan
amerikanskan
5 months ago
Reply to  Emanuel

Smart. People buy e-books for the convenience and the Vorteile, not to save money. That said, the cost of an e-book is lower due to no trees being killed, no shipping, handling, unpacking and putting on shelves and of course, what doesn’t get sold, doesn’t get torched. Yes, they DO burn books. Horrible shame.

Would be good with an iTunes version as they are in color. While I prefer to read on my Tolino or Kindle, certain books are better on the iPad as colored illustrations or cartoons (Rüdiger Bertram) are actually in color on the iPad.

Um, what I really would like to see is: a good explanation of trennbare Verben that ALSO are untrennbare. The difference in usage is usually not so easy to grasp.

Starbuck
Starbuck
5 months ago
Reply to  Emanuel

I did get the notifications this time! I was wondering what changed ^^

I don’t see why you should make it super cheap. You have spent years becoming an expert on the subject and then put a lot of work into creating the book itself. Given that you have to operate under capitalism, it’s not unreasonable to charge a decent price for your efforts.

The gratitude of your readers doesn’t pay the rent after all.

Starbuck
Starbuck
5 months ago
Reply to  Emanuel

Transthetics do something like that where they have regular raffles for the chance to win one of their products. They make prosthetics for trans men which cost around $200. So for some people its prohibitively expensive, but for those who can afford it they will usually just buy them because then you actually get your product instead of waiting and hoping for a raffle win.

They have also done giveaways where you write a review and if they use the review then you can get a discount or a free product or something, although I’m guessing you don’t rely on reviews as much as they do!

Would you be able to do selective pricing based on the shipping address? To make it easier for people in less economically developed* countries to afford it?

*side note: this is a more PC phrase to use. “Third world” is considered a little outdated now.

Starbuck
Starbuck
5 months ago
Reply to  Emanuel

That’s true. Somehow the rich people are low in number but spread pretty far.

One thing i just remembered as well about transthetics is that after you enter the raffle you get a share link so if a friend enters via your link you get more raffle entries. Which can be a nice extra bit of marketing.

amerikanskan
amerikanskan
5 months ago
Reply to  Emanuel

Make sure it’s available at online libraries, Goethe library via Onleihe is one that all German learners world wide have access to – and you get paid for every loan. Local libraries could also have a copy available – e-book and hard copy. You get paid for every loan.

Carossi
Carossi
5 months ago

Congratulations! Sure, it will a Deutsch book, plenty of all the magic that you always dysplay in your classes. Thank you Emanuel!!!

MathMaven
MathMaven
5 months ago

The book is a GREAT idea! I think the cute illustrations will make the material more memorable too!

Ebaa
Ebaa
5 months ago

Great idea. I’m sure it’ll be great. Best wishes

rb2739
rb2739
5 months ago

Love it !!

Karl Garson
Karl Garson
5 months ago

Karl

Michael
Michael
5 months ago

Hi Emanuel, Excellent. Will there be a section on the strange symbols? Second question: Why does the blue character in the drawing not use the prefix auf?

Dance with Shadows
Dance with Shadows
5 months ago
Reply to  Emanuel

I imagined the idea of the drawings would be to illustrate the prefix verb. Accordingly, in English one can say stop as somebody is moving. I was expecting the blue character to be saying stop (as in don’t move forwards through the doorway) and therefore wondered what had happened to the auf part of the verb. I subsequently read your full entry in your dictionary and now realise that aufhalten means to stop/to prevent/to check/to hold up the pony man from completing something. In short, aufhalten would not be used to halt someone/something from entering a room. Or have I still misunderstood the meaning?

Strange symbols? A few posts ago you offered a drawing of two arrows conjoined. You mentioned that there was a sheet with some different drawings. All meant to illustrate the meanings of the prefixe.

coleussanctus
coleussanctus
5 months ago
Reply to  Emanuel

I was hoping they were chickens because they have little unicorn horns and then you could call them Einhühner. Enthörner doesn’t have the same ring to it.

Dance with Shadows
Dance with Shadows
5 months ago
Reply to  Emanuel

Wonderful. Many thanks. I think I now have a clear narrative to wrap around the meaing of the verb, aufhalten.

michele
michele
5 months ago
Reply to  Michael

Maybe this one isn’t math, but a “picture” of a door that we are just peeking into?