German Assessment 1

German Assessment 1

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  • Hello, my name is Dominik. What is yours?
  • Hi Jacob, my name is Sabrina.
  • This is my first day at a German school. There is a lot of weird things i don't understand here!
  • Welcome to Germany. Lets go to class and you can ask questions and learn some of the things you don't understand!
  • Welcome to today's class. Today we will be learning all about what Dominik has questions about since he is new.
  • What is that weird B looking letter?
  • ß 
  • Good question Dominik. If you are talking about what is on the board, it is called an eszett. It stands for 2 s's in a row, e.g. Fußball means Fussball without the eszett.
  • I was also wondering why you have 2 dots above some letters? Like what i have just drawn on the board.
  • ӓ ӧ
  • In the German language, you sometimes get these dots above a vowel. For example above a u, a, o etc. The two dots are called umlets. It means an e is after the letter if not written with umlets. It just shows how lazy we Germans are, trying to limit how much we write.
  • Finally, why does the German language have three different the's?
  • The 3 different the's (der, die and das), are used differently. Der is put for a the before a masculine word, die is put for a the before a feminine word, and das is put for a the before a neutral word. It is a little bit like how the English language has 3 different there's (there, their, they're).
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