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Applied German for Immigrationsanwärterkandidaten[edit]

Season I[edit]

Season I - Episode I (2010-08-26)[edit]

Link to the recording (.ogg) in our archives

Things we learned in this episode[edit]

  1. The very basics of the German language: Phrase == Subject + Verb + Object.
  2. The most difficult German term (as we know it): Oachkatzalschwoaf (Eichhörnchenschwanz)
  3. Greeting someone: Hallo - Hi - Ohai!
  4. Common introductory questions: Wie geht es dir? / Was machst du? / Woher kommst du?
  5. Umlaute and ß
  6. The male gender & its articles: der - des - dem - den | die - der - den - die
  7. A little good-bye: Bye - Tschüss - Baba - Ciao!

Typing German[edit]

As towo mentioned, inputting the special German characters like the umlauts and the ß isn't the easiest thing to do. Luckily enough, there's enough ways to cheat, even when using a non-German keyboard layout.

For starters, you can just add an additional German keymap with whatever your OS provides. But then you don't really know what you're typing, so there's a better way: the magical Compose key!

Well, unless you're a Windows user, where it's hard to get something like a compose key working.

Under Linux, though, it's essentially simple: either use your frontend's graphical way of defining a compose key (keyboard layout options in GNOME, for example), or use the hackety way of Xmodmap (keycode 117 = SunCompose should do the trick to map your unused Menu key to Compose). Take it as homework to find out how to do it. ;)

Compose keycodes[edit]
  • Compose + " + a = ä
  • Compose + " + u = ü
  • Compose + " + o = ö
  • Compose + s + s = ß

Links[edit]


Season I - Episode II (2010-09-16)[edit]

Link to the recording (.ogg) in our archives

Things we learned in this episode[edit]

  1. Recap: Greeting each other, and the male gender
  2. The female gender
  3. Going to the Media Markt to zap TVs
  4. Where to get Legos
  5. Ordering burritos
  6. Imbißbudendeutsch
  7. minor tidbits.

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Season I - Episode III (2010-10-21)[edit]

Link to the recording (.ogg) in our archives

Things we learned in this episode[edit]

  1. Recap: Counting from 0 - 10, and the plural of the definite article
  2. Counting from 11 - 999
  3. The neutral article
  4. All indefinite articles
  5. astera's new fave German numeral, 'zig'
  6. A brief overview of the Zehn-Wortarten-Lehre
  7. Primary conjugation of verbs, singular
  8. A little round-up quiz: Plz translate, 'I make 123 things!'

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Don't forget to do your homework folks, and see you next time!


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