Better German Podcast with Susi

Susanne Schilk-Blümel

Episode 7 - Your First Sentences in German!

Sentence Pattern "That is the ________" with Body Parts

2023-10-05 24 min

Description & Show Notes

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Welcome to a new episode of Better German! In this episode, we will be exploring the fascinating world of sentence patterns in the German language. I, Susi Blümel, your host, will guide you through this episode, which is actually one of the earliest videos in our A1.1 course. We will focus on a specific sentence pattern, "That is _____," and I will teach you how to fill in the blank correctly. This method of learning grammar through sentence patterns is both efficient and enjoyable. With between 100 and 150 sentence patterns, you will have a solid foundation of the basic language of German. In this episode, we will be using vocabulary related to body parts, building upon what we learned in the previous episode. So join me on this language learning journey as we master sentence patterns and expand our German vocabulary. Let's get started!

 In this episode, Susi introduces the concept of Sentence Patterns, or Satzmuster, which are key to building correct German sentences.  Say goodbye to tedious grammar rules, and hello to practical sentence construction!
With a collection of 100-150 Sentence Patterns, Susi covers the essentials of the German language. From body parts to daily activities, you'll master the basics in no time! Get ready for some interactive learning! This is the first of these Sentence Patterns.
The episode is originally a video and you can watch it as originally recorded on YouTube - and you can read along and see your teacher.
Also mentioned in the episode is the A1.1 course coming up. Here you can get a preview of it.

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Welcome to the better German podcast. My name is Susi Blümel, and I will teach you German and everything around the language , the countries and the culture. Hello! Welcome to the new episode or to the new video of Better German or the Better German podcast. This one, is going to be a podcast. It's going to be available as a video. And it's actually, one of the earliest videos in the course. in the A1.1 course. So, we're gonna do a Sentence Pattern for the first time. this one, as I said, is recorded originally as a video. I'm also going to make it available as a podcast as just an audio file. A sentence pattern in German is Satzmuster. Sentence being Satz, pattern being a Muster, meaning something that repeats itself. So, what is a Sentence Pattern? A Sentence Pattern is a sentence with a blank. This is a sentence pattern: That is _______. And then there's a blank. And I'm telling you what you can put in that blank. And this is how I teach most of the grammar, that is going to be taught, that you need. So instead of telling you a rule and blah, blah, blah, and this and that, I'm just giving you a sentence and a blank and I'm telling you, okay, this is what you can put here. And this is how you can learn how to make correct sentences. We have between 100 and a 150 Sentence Patterns, you have most of the basic language of German, it's not endless. It's not something that cannot be learned. It's about 100 and 150 Sentence Patterns. And I'm going to show you how you can learn it and how you can practice it so you can really use it and it's going to be fun. So this is an easy one. It's based on the words of the episode before, episode number six and it's called Word List Body Parts. So if you didn't listen to this episode yet, then go back to that one and listen to it because it's a prerequisite for this Sentence Pattern. So let's go through this. Get started with it. I'm going to tell you for every step of the way what to do if you are in the moment like in the tram and maybe you cannot speak come back later when you're at home and listen to it and then actually repeat after me when I tell you. Because this is how you learn to actually say those things. Okay, good. So here we have this sentence pattern. I'm gonna sayone example, and you're going to repeat it, okay? Das ist der Kopf. So, what this means: Das ist and then you use either of them and then the word. So, I'm gonna say it. You repeat it. Das ist der Kopf. Good. So what does that mean? That means that is the head. Das ist die Hand. Good. And that means that is the hand. And another example: Das ist das Knie. That is the knee. Excellent. Now, by the way, this is true for anything you ever do with me. When you're doing this and you notice that you're still very, very unsure about how to say just those words, then please, go back and just listen to that episode again and repeat it, and say the words with me until it is easy to do, just this step. What we do is, I'll give you steps, and every one of them, will be fairly easy, or doable. And you do it until you can really do it well. And then you go to the next one, and then you go to the next one. So if something seems to be very hard, usually, you just need to go back to the last one, or maybe one or two before, and pick it up from there, and do it until it's easy, and then go on. By the way, very important for this episode, there is an additional material. This file here, with the sentence pattern, with some examples, with all the words that we're gonna need, they're sorted, so we can use them for practicing. and instruction for you for additional practice, you can download. This one you will find on homepage. It's www. bettergerman. info Slash, and the episode number. This one's episode number 7. you go on, and there you find the show notes for this episode, and you can see how you can download this one. How this works is you register once and once you did that, you can always go back and find all the additional materials that are available for the podcast. So whenever I make a new episode and then there is a worksheet for it available, you can go there and you will find it there and you can download it there. So definitely download that one. But for now, we will continue. So I'll say it. You repeat it after me. Das ist die Hand. That is the hand. Das ist das Auge. That is the eye. Good. As the next step, we're gonna do this whole thing without translation. And a thing that is important here is we're saying this with the article. And that also helps you to practice the correct article. I've made you here a list of the words that we've learned so far, sorted by article. We're gonna say these sentences. Good. So I'll say it, you repeat it. Das ist der Körper. Das ist der Finger. Das ist der Bauch. Das ist das Kinn. Das ist die Nase. Das ist das Bein. Das ist die Stirn. Das ist die Augenbraue. Das ist der Daumen. Das ist der Fuß. Das ist das Knie. Das ist der Arm. Das ist die Schulter. Das ist der Bart. Das ist die Hand. Das ist das Kinn. Das ist der Mund. Das ist das Haar. Das ist die Augenbraue. Das ist der Arm. Das ist der Fuß. Das ist die Nase. So, I'm going to say the sentence and you're going to repeat it every time. And we're going to go through all of the words here. Das ist der Körper. That is the body. Das ist der Körper. Das ist der Kopf. That is the head. Das ist der Kopf. Das ist der Mund. That is the mouth. Das ist der Mund. Das ist der Arm. That is the arm. Das ist der Arm. Das ist der Finger. That is the finger. Das ist der Finger. That is the thumb. Das ist der Daumen. Das ist der Bauch. That is the belly. Das ist der Nabel. That is the belly button. Das ist der Fuß. That is the foot. Das ist der Hals. That is the neck. Das ist das Auge. That is the eye. Das ist das Kinn.. That is the chin. Das ist das Knie. That is the knee. Das ist das Ohr. That is the ear. Das ist das Haar. That is the hair. Das ist das Gesicht. That is the face. Das ist das Bein. That is the leg. Das ist die Stirn. That is the forehead. Das ist die Nase. That is the nose. Das ist die Zunge. That is the tongue. Das ist die Hand. That is the hand. Das ist die Zehe. That is the toe. Das ist die Schulter. That is the shoulder. Das ist die Augenbraue. That is the eyebrow. The next step, I'm gonna say the sentence and I'm gonna touch the body part, I want you to touch them with me. This is excellent practice, okay? I'll touch it and say it and you touch it and you repeat it. Das ist der Körper. Das ist der Kopf. Das ist der Mund. Das ist der Arm. Das ist der Finger. Das ist der Daumen. Das ist der Bauch. Das ist der Fuß.. I'm not gonna show you my foot right now. Das ist der Hals. Das ist der Rücken. Ist der Bart. That's for all the gentlemen out there that have a beard. It would be here if I had one. Das ist das Auge. Das ist das Kinn. Das ist das Knie. Das ist das Ohr. Das ist das Haar. Das ist das Gesicht. Das ist das Bein. Das ist die Stirn. Das ist die Nase. Das ist die Zunge. Das ist die Hand. Das ist die Zehe.You have to believe me. Das ist die Schulter. Das ist die Augenbraue. If you're on the podcast, you obviously cannot see what I'm doing. I have a way of practicing this for you here. I'm saying every sentence in German and then in English and then in German again. And you can listen to this. You can also go to the YouTube video and watch it there. And then you can see things and it's maybe easier for you. In any case, go to and download the additional material. It's the written up sentence pattern with a few examples. It's all the words that we are using in this one, sorted by article for you to practice very handily with a translation. And it's the five steps that you should be doing to practice this. I'm going to go through these five steps. This is what you should do. um, to practice this shortly with you, okay? The very first step is to actually Repeat it after me when I tell you. And you do this until this step is easy for you. very good. I just found a mistake here. you just repeat this step until it is easy for you. The next step is you practice this sentence pattern all by yourself without me saying it first. You just say this with these words or any other words you know already, and you do this until you can easily say that. you notice you have a hard time, saying these words, remembering how to say the words, go back to the video before, or to the episode before, to the episode Word List Body Parts, I'm gonna link it, and listen to it again and practice and repeat these words until you can say the words. It's okay if you don't know the verbatim yet, because we're still practicing them, but do this until you feel good about it. Don't worry if it's perfect, but do this until you feel good about it. When you're not sure if you're saying it right, listen how I say it and repeat it after me until you feel good about it, okay? If you had to do that, you go back and then you practice this sentence pattern. This is all written up in that thing you're gonna download, by the way. And now, you do. What we just did, you say these words again, while touching the different body parts. That's your fourth step here. You practice these sentences again, you touch the body parts, and you say the sentence. Ideally, you do this with a partner. If you don't have a partner, you do it by yourself, that's no problem. And then, the fifth step, now you sit down and you write it. In the file, you find free spaces, If you want to print it out and write it by hand, I prefer writing by hand. If I want to learn I feel I remember it better. Um, however, if you prefer writing by with the computer, then obviously you can do it. Do not copy paste. That's useless. You need to write those things. That's why I suggest it's better to do by hand, but whatever works best for you, okay? And you write all of these sentences. You write, "Das ist der Körper. Das ist der Kopf. Das ist der Mund.",, and so on. Okay? So that's your exercise for this particular sentence pattern. In the future, it's similar. Now, every sentence pattern you learn... You exercise it. You exercise it by first saying the words with me, by then doing it yourself or with a partner, and then writing it. In my courses, of course, you get all the sentence patterns you need. And, you will also get detailed instruction of how to practice them. Okay, cool. I've just started saying something about courses. There are courses coming up. The first courses that are coming up that are starting in the beginning of the year 2024, is an A1.1 course. That's a total beginner's course. if you've never learned any German, or you feel that you didn't understand pretty much anything, or it's a very long time ago that you have started learning German, then this course is for you. It's starting in the beginning of 2024. you can already buy it now. and then you will get an early access to the beta group, so you can, if you want to already, buy it, and then you will get early access to it later this year, before everybody else. Good! this was, this episode, about this first sentence pattern, the sentence pattern "That is ________.", and we were also practicing the body parts. It was a pleasure to do this, and I hope to see you in the next episode, which is coming out next Thursday. And the next episode is actually, about how much grammar we need when we learn German. Thank you for listening to this episode. You can find a transcript of this episode at www. bettergerman. info and slash and then the number of the episode. You can also sign up for a newsletter there and then you will be informed when there is a new episode coming or any other important events going on, new articles, new freebies or... things like that. If you liked it and it was helpful for you, please share it with other people and let them know that this exists. And if you are looking for a course and you want to learn German online, then you can, of course, find all the infos as well on www. bettergerman. info. So, you can actually already see this on YouTube. As a podcast episode, it's coming out, next week. And then, the next episode is going to be about introducing yourself. see you soon, have a great time, hang in there, and bye bye! Tschüss!


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