Eins, zwei, drei – German phrase of the day

Eins, zwei, drei, vier, fünf, sechs, sieben, acht, neun, zehn, elf, zwölf (numbers 1–12)

Being able to count in a foreign language always gives children a great sense of accomplishment.  Start with “eins, zwei, drei” and gradually build up.

I like to teach up to 12, as then you can play games with dice. Once pupils know the numbers, you can get them to roll two dice and add up the numbers, or subtract the smallest from the largest.

Another great teaching tool is a spinner with the numbers on it. Sit the children in a circle. Start with one child spinning a number. Pass a ball around the circle, counting up to that number. The person who ends up with the ball, gets to spin next.

We are posting a ‘German phrase of the day’ every day this week to celebrate the publication of Singt mit uns!, our new German songbook. To find out more about Singt mit uns!, follow this link:



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