German grammar - word order
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German grammar - word order

Find out how German word order differs from English and learn the rules to help you make great German sentences.
4.9 (21 ratings)
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240 students enrolled
Created by Angelika Davey
Last updated 10/2019
English
Price: $34.99
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 11 articles
  • 35 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Understand where the verb goes in basic and complicated sentences.
  • Understand what ‘time, manner, place’ in German word order means.
  • Understand which conjunctions push the verb to the end and which don’t.
  • Understand when to use ‘nicht’ or ‘kein’ and where to position ‘nicht’.
  • Understand in which order to place object pronouns in German sentences.
  • Understand how to use relative pronouns.
Requirements
  • You should have some knowledge of the German language.
  • You need pen and paper for some exercises.
  • You’ll need a printer if you wish to print out some of the handouts.
  • You may also want to sit in a quiet room without too much background noise.
Description
  • Are you a German learner who is struggling with word order?

  • Do you find it difficult to work out where the subject, verb and object goes?

  • Do you wish you knew what it means if a book or teacher talks about ‘TMP’?

  • Do you know which conjunctions push the verb to the end and which don’t?

  • Do you know what relative pronouns are?

This course is for any German learners. It is designed to accompany the learners as they progress through their German textbook or lessons. It  is not necessarily designed for you to work your way through from beginning to end.

If you are a beginner, then start with the beginners’ section and move on at a later date.

If you are an intermediate student, then you might want to watch all the beginners’ videos to revise what you have already learned, or pick those bits that you are still struggling with before moving on to the intermediate section.

If you are an advanced student, you might also want to check out the beginners and intermediate section as there might be things you’ve forgotten or not realised. If you do find a topic that you know well, just move on.

It doesn't matter how quickly you complete the course - it isn't a race - the important bit is that you understand the German word order!

German grammar seems to be very complicated but is actually very logical, and this course will show you with very basic sentences how logical it is. By going back to basics with easy sentences, you will make sense of the German word order. You will know which conjunctions do what and how to use relative pronouns.

With the help of the videos, handouts, quizzes and worksheets
this course will take you from "Ich verstehe nicht" to "Ich verstehe"!


 


Who this course is for:
  • This course is for all learners, no matter how long you've been studying German.
  • It is the perfect support for beginners who have started learning about word order.
  • Intermediate students will find some revision in the beginners' section, before moving to the intermediate level.
  • Advanced German learners might find this course a welcome revision and learn more in the advanced section.
Course content
Expand all 49 lectures 03:09:55
+ Introduction to the course, the instructor and Udemy
4 lectures 09:26

What you can expect in this course.

Preview 03:02

This section is only useful for new Udemy students

For new students only
00:12

A quick introduction to the Udemy platform.

Introduction to Udemy
03:19

A little bit about me :)

Introduction to the instructor
02:53
+ Word order - the basics
12 lectures 47:39
Your chance to reflect on what you already know and/ or what you hope to get out of this course.
What do you already know?
1 question

By the end of this video you will know exactly what is covered in this section.

Introduction to this section
02:51

This video covers one of the most important German word order rules!

Preview 02:57

Some question don't follow the 'verb in 2nd place' rule. Find out which ones!

Questions
04:39

This is the second important word order rule: time manner place. This video shows you what that means.

Time manner place
07:27

This video shows you how to wrap the 'what' around TMP.

A bit more on the "what"
04:15

What do you do if you don't want to start every sentence with 'I'? This video shows you.

Verb still in 2nd place
06:32

In this video you'll learn what happens if you add a modal verb or want to talk about something you'll do in the future.

Modal verbs & future tense
08:11

In this video you'll learn about word order in the perfect tense.

Perfect tense
03:45

In this video you'll learn what happens to separable verbs.

Separable verbs
02:52
Your turn 2!
3 questions

Let's quickly recap the basic word order before moving on to more advanced things.

Basic word order recap
03:36

A sheet with two grids to help you put the words into the right order.

A little extra help!
00:24

Now practise what you learned.

Your turn!
00:10
Find some German sentences, any easy text, from a children's book, textbook, online article, or write your own. Then find the verbs and possible time, manner, place ideas. It shouldn't take you 30 minutes to complete but you'll need to find or write some sentences first. So come back when ready.
Find the verb and 'time, manner, place'
2 questions
+ Word order more complicated - conjunctions!
17 lectures 01:04:03

What you will learn in this section of the course!

Introduction to this section
01:59

In this video you'll learn about those conjunction that don't change the word order.

Conjunctions, no change
04:57

Your turn to put two short sentences together.

Conjunctions, no change - your turn!
04:11

In this video you'll learn what 'weil' does to the word order.

Preview 03:18

Let's see if you can use 'weil'.

Weil - your turn
04:39

In this video you'll learn which other conjunctions work like 'weil' and change the word order.

Other conjunction words which push the verb to the end
07:05

In this video you'll learn what happens when we swap the two small sentences around.

Subject & verb reversed
07:20

This vidoe shows you how to use 'wenn'.

Wenn sentences
05:19

Oh! When can mean wenn, als or wann! A little intro

When - which word to use intro
00:17

When when is wann, also or wenn - the video

When is when wenn?
03:22

In this video you'll learn when and how to use 'dass'

Dass or no dass?
05:03

It's your turn to practise 'dass' sentences!

Dass - your turn
04:00

A few more words to give you more choices.

More connecting words
04:39

The imperative is another exception to the 'verb 2nd place' rule.

The command form - intro
02:41

This video is from my present tense course and is purely a reminder how to form the imperative.

The imperative! (Revision)
03:58

Just a quick summary of section 3

Summary section 3
00:27
Your turn 3!
3 questions

Your turn! Practise some more sentences!

Your turn 2!
00:47
Find some German sentences with conjunctions from a children's book, textbook, online article, or write your own. It shouldn't take you 30 minutes to complete but you'll need to find or write some sentences first. So come back when ready.
Find some conjunctions
1 question
+ Making sentences more interesting (and complicated)
14 lectures 01:07:18

This video will tell you what to expect in this section.

Introduction to this section
01:26

In this video you'll learn how to replace some 'dass' sentences with zu plus the infinitive.

" zu + infinitive" instead of "dass"
05:47

In this video you'll learn how to use 'um ... zu'.

"um ... zu ..." and more
02:19

In this video you'll learn when to use 'nicht' and when 'kein'

Preview 06:22

This video will show you where to position 'nicht' in a sentence.

Position of 'nicht'
06:15

In this video you'll learn where to position object pronouns in a sentence.

Position of object pronouns
06:12

By the end of this video you will know how to use relative pronouns in the nominative and accusative case.

Relative pronouns - nominative & accusative case
09:02

By the end of this video you will know how to use relative pronouns in the dative and genitive case.

Relative pronouns - dative & genitive case
06:03

By the end of this video you will know how to use relative pronouns with prepositions.

Relative pronouns and prepositions
03:51

By the end of this video you will know when to use 'was' instead of a relative pronoun.

relative pronouns - was
03:49

By the end of this video you will know when to use 'welcher' instead of a relative pronoun.

relative pronouns - welcher
01:44

By the end of this video you will know about some German interjections and how to use them.

Interjections
12:24
Your turn 3!
3 questions
Your turn 3!
01:11
Something positive!
00:52
Find some German sentences which include some relative pronouns from a children's book, textbook, online article, or write your own. It shouldn't take you 30 minutes to complete but you'll need to find or write some sentences first. So come back when ready.
Find some relative pronouns
1 question
+ Conclusion
2 lectures 01:27
It's a wrap!
00:26
Bonus lecture - what next?
01:01