Advent Calendar 2019 – “Ready to Order”

“Ready to Order”

Hello everyone,

day 17 of our Advent Calendar and today is a premiere, actually, because behind today’s door is a new quiz format :).
For a long time I wanted to do an exercise about word order. But the problem with word order is that there usually is more than one correct answer because the correct order depends highly on the context and what you actually want to say. And even very weird looking orders can be correct in the right circumcisions… I mean stances.
Those of you who have read my series on word order and on the position of nicht will know what I mean.

Now, I was never quite sure which format. But the new quiz software that I am using offers a type of exercise called “sorting”.
And I feel like this might actually be a good way to get a feel for how idiomatic a certain word order sounds.

So here’s what we’ll do today:

I’ll give you a German sentence in 4 different orders and you have to sort them from most to least idiomatic. The most idiomatic one is the one with the leat tension and would be called “normal”. The two in the middle have some tension and thus create special focus and the last one borders on sounding wrong.
I’ll also give you the English translation, but don’t get hung up on that too much.

To order the items, just drag and drop them. We’ll do five sets and you can check after each round if you found the correct order.
IMPORTANT:
In a trial run, it looked liked the software is actually a bit buggy and didn’t recognize correct answers as correct. I couldn’t recreate this mistake but there is a chance that your answer is correct but the system says it’s wrong. For that reason I have added letters to the sentences and given you the correct order as an answer…. like B D A C for example.
If the system marks your answers wrong even if they’re right, please let me know. Then I’ll have to look into the software again (aka reach out to customer support, because I am paying for this stuff).

And of course, also let me know all the questions about the solutions and give me some feedback what you think about this type of exercise. Do you like it? Do you think it’s a good way to get a feel for word order?

Oh and one little health warning: if your knowledge on word order is just based on books or a German course, you might feel a little lost. You kind of need to have read my series on word order to REALLY understand what’s going on here.

Cool! So,  viel Spaß and I’m really curious for your feedback :)

 

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Turtles
Turtles

First set, I did correct. Though I had to guess wether A or D is the last. The misplaced ich was the biggest hint

Did second set totally wrong. I only ordered B right. Why was it D C A afterwords

Set 3, correct. By semi- luck. I figured C would be last since geküsst was not last postion and B was first since it begins with Gestern, but I guessed A and D

Set 4, wrong again. Don’t know why.
I ordered it “D,C,B,A”

Reasons being that deshalb is often at postion 1 then I used the order of pronouns for “C and D”. I placed a at the end since it starts with “Sich”

Set 5, I messed up pretty bad and cannot even figure out where I might have gone wrong.

uila
uila

Ich fand es ein bisschen verwirrend nach Prüfen, als meine (falsche) Ordnung mit der richtigen ausgetauscht wurde. Ich hatte meine Meinung so oft verändert, dass ich mich meine letzte Antwort nicht erinnern konnte. Dann natürlich fühlte ich mich beraubt! Aber der Fehler war unbedingt mein. Cool neues Spielzeug.

randyeva
randyeva

Perhaps consider allowing us numerous attempts to get the order right?
Then score us on the number of attempts it took to achieve perfection.
The main difference here is that it would allow us to compare our wrong guesses ( I mean cleverly argued evaluations ) to the correct answers and try to work out where we were going wrong.

Froh Weihnachten

Elsa
Elsa

Hi,
My score was really bad (only 35%), but I got the two most idiomatic versions right in all questions but the last one, so I’m not too disappointed (it was the two least idiomatic ones I got mixed up, so I suppose it doesn’t really matter as I would have used one of the two top ones anyway).
However, I don’t understand what’s wrong with “Ich have eine Stunde wegen dem magischen Nebel fuer einen Kilometer im Zauberwald gebraucht.”
Bis morgen!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Ich fand dieses Quiz verwirrend und schwerer als was habe in der Fernsehsendung ” wer weiss was denn ” im Internet gesehen !
Es mir fehlt deutschsprachigen Umwelt (Milieu) um idiomatisch , umgangssprachlich zu sprechen. Schade !
Ich hatte 30 Prozent wie Rendite. Ich habe noch viel zu lernen. Ein Leben reicht es?

Ahmad Mazaheri
Ahmad Mazaheri

Anonymus aber nein !

Megan Holloran
Megan Holloran

Bezüglich der buggy Software hatte ich 3 mal richtige Antworten, die als falsch markiert wurden. Nämlich alle 4 der ‘Star Wars’ Antworten, 2 von 4 der ‘sich bestellen’ Antworten und 2 von 4 der ‘magische Nebel’ Antworten. Ich habe trotzdem das Quiz voll krass gefunden! Gute Idee!

Gail
Gail

Yes, I had that same problem. Plus I find it a bit weird that the sentences don’t start out in order (a,b,c,d).

Jake
Jake

On the geküsst question, I had the order correct, then I clicked check answer, then it changed the order and told me my answer was incorrect.

Alan
Alan

Vierzig Prozent, aber ich habe mich beeilt!

Flavia
Flavia

If the correct aswer is in the box with letters that appears after we did the exercise, my attempt had a lot of buggys…
#1 Meine Antwort ist gleich die buchstaben, aber die letzte 2 waren falsch.
#2 ist ok.
#3 Ich habe die 2 erstes gleich die buchstaben geantwortet, aber es waren falsch, und die 2 letzte waren anderes, und es waren korrect!
#4 Meine Antwort ist gleich die buchstaben, aber nur die erste war korrekt.
#5 Meine Antwort ist gleich die buchstaben, aber nur erste und dritte waren korrekt.

Anonymous
Anonymous

My score was really low, but I always got the first two correct, so I feel pretty good about that. lol
Camille

evelyn
evelyn

Great quiz and great explanation of word order on your website! This was something I always struggled with so much until I found this resource. This quiz showed how much your explanation has helped me get an intuitive feel for it now.

By the way, the quiz marked “That’s why she doesn’t want to order it for herself yet.” wrong although I did get the order right.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Number 3 is definitely messed up. If I answer “Maria kissed him for the first time yesterday.” with BACD, then C + D get switched around and marked wrong, but it says the answer should be BACD; If I answer with BADC, then I get it marked as all correct, but at the end it says correct BACD. So which is worse “C” or “D” ?

Peter Lobl
Peter Lobl

When the time comes when I can confidently begin a spoken sentence with “sich” on its own followed by the verb usw… that will be a good day.

Amerikanerin
Amerikanerin

Very Veird… Got all but #3 correct – How on EARTH was I able to to that! As any professor at Uni – my German is horrible! There is no way I could have gotten ANY right, but I did!

BUT… The last one claimed I got two in the wrong order but I had the same order as the answer ADHS I think it was. Tried to take a screen shot to show you but I pressed the wrong button and found myself on another page and went back and got hijacked on the way and Oh. My. God.

Point being: the last one claimed my answer was wrong but I had the same order as your correct answer.

Number three I botched. Totally.

Amerikanerin
Amerikanerin

Did it again and got the same wrong results on the third question – which, according to the answer key are not as incorrect as the red boxes claim – BACD and I chose BADC. According to the red boxes, the B is also falsch, but it isn’t according to the letter order. Hmmm…

All I really care about was getting the first two correct in each question, and I did according to the letter order – even if the red boxes on the test claim otherwise.

Ruth
Ruth

Not sure whether it’s me that’s inconsistent or the quiz system. I think it responded differently to the same answers on one question when I went around again. Still, it thought I got more right than wrong both times, and that I got through the magical fog successfully, so I’m not inclined to argue.
Question 2 brought thoughts of Yoda.

jdentler89
jdentler89

They all seemed to mark correctly except for questions four and five – it marked them wrong even though I had the correct order.

Scott MacLean
Scott MacLean

Leider funktioniert es nicht ganz richtig. Mein Antworten waren 4 von 5 mal korrekt, aber jedesmal sagt es “Inkorrekt”. Macht nichts, war spass, danke !! -)

Markt74
Markt74

I used Chrome while taking the quiz and the software gave me incorrect feedback at two points; According to the answer I mixed up the order for two sentences on question 3, but the software showed green borders for all the sentences. On question 5 I answered correctly but the software showed red borders for two of the sentences. Other than that, the drag-and-drop format is nice :).

gr155iths
gr155iths

Enjoyed that as the correct word order always causes me to pause when speaking. Got the most idiomatic right in all of them so thats pleasing and 65% overall. More of those types of quizzes would be welcome.