The German preposition “mit”

Wir fahren mit das Auto. (not right) ▶ Wir fahren mit dem Auto. (right) In the above example you can observe a common mistake. “das” becomes”dem” becuse the preposition “mit” asks for dative case. In dative case the definite article “das” becomes “dem” The same thing applies for masculine gender nouns: Ich fahre mit der […]

The German preposition “in”

The preposition “in” Ich bin in die Schule. (not right) ▶ Ich bin in der Schule. (right)   Although “die Schule” is of feminine gender, the right sentence is “Ich bin der Schule” because we apply the dative case. As you noticed the preposition “in” can ask for a specific case. In the above situation it […]

das or dass | “ss” or “ß” | von, vom, in, ins or im

 “dass” or “das” We use “das”, all the time when it can be replaced by “dieses” (this), “welches” (which), or “jenes” (that) We use “dass” when the above words don’t apply (they don’t make sense in the sentence) Examples: ▶ Das Kind ist klein. (right) (Dieses Kind ist Klein.) – we can apply „das“ ▶ Ich habe dir gesagt, […]

Dialogues in German | German conversations guide

All dialogues come with audio support. Dialogues are meant to exercise usual expressions in German, including greetings. Use the play button to hear the pronunciation of words or expressions. Study this dialogues and imagine yourself in different situations (build your own dialogues). Learn the basic greetings: guten Morgen (good morning), guten Tag (have a nice […]

Introduce yourself in German | Vortellung

If you are willing to introduce yourself to somebody in German you need to have knowledge of few basic expressions (audio included – see “▶” symbol): ▶ darf ich mich vorstellen (?) = may I introduce myself? ▶ ich heiße Tobias = my name is Tobias ▶ mein Name ist Hans = mein name is Hans ▶ Freunde nennen mich Hanzi […]

How do I get there in German | Wie komme is dorthin?

How I get there? Ask and give direction in german (audio included – see “▶” symbol) Positions. Directions Position. ▶ oben (above) ▶ hinten (beneath) ▶ neben (next to) ▶ vorne (front) ▶ unten (under) Example: They answer the question “wo?” ▶ Wo ist der Ball? Der Ball ist: oben/hinten/neben/vorne/unten. Where is the ball? The ball is: […]

When in German | wann?

Wann? = when? We use the question “wann?” when we want to know about an action that takes place in time. The answers to the question “wann” may start with the preposition “am“, examples: am Montag (on Monday), am Samstag (on Saturday) etc. The preposition “um” is used when we want to express a given hour: um […]

At the bakery | Bei der Bäckerei | Dialogues in German

Dialogues and usual expressions at a bakery (audio included – see “▶” symbol). At the bakery Useful expressions: ▶ was darf es sein? = what can I do for you? ▶ was wünschen sie? = what would you like? ▶ das haben wir leider nicht mehr = we don’t have it anymore ▶ ich könnte ihnen etwas anderes empfehlen […]

At the restaurant | Dialogues in German

Dialogues and usual expressions in German with audio support (see the “▶” symbol). At the restaurant ▶ haben Sie reserviert? = do you have reservation? ▶ ich habe einen Tisch reserviert = I have reserved a table  ▶ die Speisekarte = the menu ▶ ich hätte gerne… = I would like… ▶ für mich bitte… = for me, please… […]

At the party | dialogues in German

The party (for audio see the “▶” symbol) Dialogue 1 Deutsch Translation ▶ – Findest du die Musik nicht zu laut? – don’t you think that the music is too loud? ▶ – Ich verstehe dich nicht! – I can’t hear you! ▶ – Ich sagte: die Musik ist zu laut, findest du nicht? – I said: don’t […]