Saturday, 9 January 2010

Relative Pronouns3

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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks:)

Chris from CA said...

welcome back. Enjoy your podcasts very much. I find it a valuable supplement to my "regular" learning.

Joaquín from Sp said...

Once again thank you very much for the extraordinary effort. Very professional indeed as usual. All the best.
Joaquín - Córdoba (Spain)

Mike Benda said...

Thanks for another excellent podcast. I've been listening to your episodes since the beginning and still find them helpful at the C1.1 level.

If you're open to suggestions, the two remaining difficulties for me (and most of the other students in my class) are adjective endings and the passive.

Laura said...

Hi Mike,

I'm definitely open to suggestions. Can you email me or put in another comment what about the passive in particular I should cover?

I already did some stuff on the passive in my podcast on the future and werden, so if there's other specific things you'd like me to focus on, that would be good to know.

I think I'll probbaly do endings next after my general tips and tricks podcast (it's best to cover adjectival and determiner endings in one fell swoop - you'll hear why when I do the podcast).

Anonymous said...

I would like to thank you for providing this very helpful resource. I have sucessfully used the German GrammarPod in addition to my classes since getting married and moving to Germany in 2007.

What I have found most helpful is German grammar explained and compared in my native language English and continue to review these podcasts regularly.

Thanks again!
American living in Germany

P.S. I have also recommended German GrammarPod at the http://www.ToyTownGermany.com website which is dedicated to supporting English-Speakers living & working in Germany.

There are many ongoing German language discussion threads there and a great place to let others know about your wonderful resource!

Mike said...

Hi Laura,

Thanks for your interest.

The passive continues to be a problem for me. I think this is partly due to the fact that I find all the variations overwhelming. By this I meant that the Vorgangs Passiv has the Plusquamperfekt, Präteritum, Perfekt, Präsens, Futur I and Futur II tenses, all of which can then be used (or further complicated) with modal verbs, and the Zustand Passiv has the Präteritum and Präsens tenses.

I understand the difference between Vorgangs and Zustand passive though.

I wonder if part of my problem might be due to the fact that English is my native language and using Werden still seems strange. My Italian classmates don't seem to have any problems with the passive.

I was pretty confident with my grasp of adjective endings, then the teacher introduced zahladjektiven; words such as viel, etwas, nichts, andere, viele, einige, folgende and ein paar. That threw me off but I think it won't be as difficult a task as some of the other grammatical concepts.

Thanks again for your podcast. It has helped me quite a bit over the years.

Best,
Mike

Béatrice from France said...

Thank you ! Clear, useful, a very nice job !

Béatrice from France

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Scott said...

Laura, vielen Dank! I just discovered your podcast and blog, and I love it. I am like you, I need to understand how something works before I'm comfortable with it. So your lessons are perfect for me, and I hope you never stop. I'm digesting them all one by one, and they've made me a better German speaker and reader already.

Can't wait for the general tips and tricks!

Keep up the good work :-)

Scott, USA

Scott said...

Laura, vielen Dank! I just discovered your podcast and blog, and I love it. I am like you, I need to understand how something works before I'm comfortable with it. So your lessons are perfect for me, and I hope you never stop. I'm digesting them all one by one, and they've made me a better German speaker and reader already.

Can't wait for the general tips and tricks!

Keep up the good work :-)

Scott, USA

Laura said...

This podcast covers relative pronouns such as was, wo, da, welcher, wie and warum. You have to use these in specific situations to refer back to specific things. This podcast is mainly aimed at higher intermediate and advanced learners, as you can get by without knowing most of the stuff in it at a lower level of German. This podcast is about putting the icing on the cake, rather than baking the cake itself.