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Ich spreche gern Deutsch – I like speaking German.
The song on Singt mit uns! with this title is a rap, all about where German is spoken around the world. It’s a great way of introducing country names, and shows that German is spoken in lots more countries than most people would expect. For example, you probably know that German is spoken in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, but did you know German is spoken in Namibia and Kazakhstan?
We hope you have enjoyed our ‘German phrase of the day’ posts this week, which were to celebrate the publication of Singt mit uns!, our new German songbook. To find out more about Singt mit uns!, follow this link:
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.
Wo ist Maximillian? Er ist in Museum. – Where is Maximillian? He is in the museum.
“Wo ist Maximillian?” is the title of one of my favourite tracks on Singt mit uns!. The tune is based on “the conga” and is a great one for getting the pupils moving and learning through movement. You can create stations around the classroom to represent the different places. Get the pupils to do the conga to the different locations, singing as they go. The song uses “auf der Post” (at the Post Office) and “im Schwimmbad” (at the swimming pool), but you can use your own places, e.g. “im Klassenzimmer” (in the classroom), “im Spielplatz” (in the playground), “zu Hause” (at home).
To celebrate the publication of Singt mit uns!, our new German songbook we are going to be posting a ‘German phrase of the day’ every day this week.
Guten Morgen – Good morning
If you want to give pupils a taster for a language, greeting people is a great way to start.
It’s easy to build a bit of German into the day. When you take the register, you could greet each child with “Guten Morgen Alice”, “Guten Morgen Jack”, etc. Get them to respond to you, “Guten Morgen Frau (Mrs or Miss) Smith” or “Guten Morgen Herr (Mr) Jones”.