Welcome back to a brand new term. Here you will find all the course materials for each session.
Just in case you’d like some more work on modal verbs, try this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/german/grammar/verbsmodalrev1.shtml
You might also like to try this online vocabulary builder: http://www.memrise.com/course/115696/german-vocabulary-builder/3/
Here’s the link to the Department Stores video clip.
Accusative or dative with ‘in’
Most German prepositions are always followed by the same case. For example, ‘vor’, ‘gegenüber’ and ‘neben’ are always followed by the dative case (vor der Kirche, neben dem Dom). Some prepositions can take either the accusative or dative case. ‘In’ is one of these. When ‘in’ really means ‘into’ it takes the accusative case. When in really means ‘in’ it takes the dative case.
Think about the English phrases ‘he jumps into the water’ versus ‘he is swimming in the water’. The first answers a “where to” question: where is he jumping? “Into the water” (in das Wasser or ins Wasser). The second phrase represents a “where” situation. Where is he swimming? “In the water” (in dem Wasser or im Wasser). So if we can say ‘into’ in English and the sentence still makes sense, we use the accusative case in German. If ‘into’ would not make sense and we must sat ‘in’ in English, then we use the dative in German.
Or, if you prefer, you can simply remember the ‘pub’ example!
Hausaufgabe (homework) – please read “Ein Tag im Leben eines Journalisten” on p128 of the Willkommen course book in preparation for our work next time on daily routine.
PLEASE NOTE: the school has advised us that from Wednesday 22 February there will be no one on duty at Reception. We are to wait until 18.55 when the caretaker will come down and let us in.
The BBC Talk German video clip we watched can be found by clicking here.
Even though you found the perfect tense a ‘doddle’, you might find this BBC Bitesize online resource useful!