German grammar - gender, the plurals
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German grammar - gender, the plurals

Learn how to make sense of the German plural endings jungle
4.8 (7 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Created by Angelika Davey
Last updated 2/2017
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  • 38 mins on-demand video
  • 14 Articles
  • 9 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
know which German plural nouns take an n or en ending
know which German plural nouns take an e or an umlaut plus an e ending
know which German plural nouns take an er or an umlaut plus an er ending
know which German nouns just need an umlaut to change the word from singular to plural
know which German nouns stay the same, whether singular or plural
know which German plural nouns need an s ending
have a general better understanding of German plural nouns
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Requirements
  • You should have started learning German, either with a tutor or on your own.
  • No additional material required, although you might find it beneficial if you print out the PDFs and add your own notes.
Description

This course has been updated in October 2016.

Are you a German learner and struggling to work out what ending a German noun needs in the plural?

Do you remember if cakes in German is Kuchen, Küchen or Kuchens? (It's Kuchen) Are you struggling to work out if flowers are Blumen or Blümen (It's Blumen) And what about the car? What is the plural of das Auto or der Wagen? (It's Autos and Wagen)

Is this really annoying you?

Then this course is going to help you by showing you which nouns take an 'n' or 'en', which take an 'e' or an umlaut and a 'e' or which take an 'er' or an umlaut and an 'er'. You will also learn which nouns don't change, just add an umlaut or need an 's'.

At the end of the course you will have a better understanding of German plural nouns, which will make life a lot easier when you communicate in German.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anybody who is learning German and who is struggling with plural nouns.
  • It will make it easier for beginners to understand what endings to use when talking about more than one thing.
  • It will help intermediate learners, whose German is quite good but they haven't worked out how to form German plurals.
  • It might be a good revision for advanced learners, whose grammar is really good, but who muddle through the plural nouns hoping nobody will notice the wrong endings.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 25 Lectures Collapse All 25 Lectures 48:22
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Introduction to the course
1 Lecture 03:15

Welcome to my German plurals course.

Preview 03:15
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General information about learning German on Udemy, especially for new students
4 Lectures 08:28

If this isn't your first course from me, feel free to ignore this lecture, as you've most likely seen it. Just click on the little circle to the right of the lecture (in the dashboard) to turn it blue.

How to navigate inside this course
03:43

If this isn't your first course from me, feel free to ignore this video, as you've most likely seen it. Just click on the little grey button at the bottom right to turn it green.

About the instructor
02:53

If this isn't your first course from me, feel free to ignore this lecture, as you've most likely seen it. Just click on the little button to the right of the lecture (in the dashboard)  to turn it blue.

Useful dictionaries
01:01

If this isn't your first course from me, feel free to ignore this lecture, as you've most likely seen it. Just click on the little grey button at the bottom right to turn it green.
Those little extra letters and how to write them
00:50
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German genders, the plurals, how difficult are they?
14 Lectures 23:29

At the end of this lecture you will have a better understanding on which German nouns take +n or +en or even +nen.

+ n, +en, +nen
02:43

A list of nouns with the n or (n)en endings for you to download and print if you wish.

List of nouns with n or en ending
00:13

Do you need an 'n' or 'en' ending?
4 questions

At the end of this lecture you will have a better understanding on which German nouns take +e or an umlaut +e.

Preview 03:25

A list of nouns with the e or umlaut +e endings for you to download and print if you wish.

List of nouns with e or umlaut +e ending
00:13

Do you need an 'e' ending or umlaut +e?
3 questions

At the end of this lecture you will have a better understanding on which German nouns take +er or an umlaut +er.
+er and umlaut +er
02:42

A list of nouns with the +er or umlaut +er endings for you to download and print if you wish.

List of nouns with +er or umlaut + er ending
00:13

Do you need an 'er' ending or umlaut +er?
3 questions

At the end of this lecture you will have a better understanding on which German nouns take

just an umlaut.

+ umlaut
02:14

A list of nouns which add an umlaut only for you to download and print if you wish.

List of nouns with umlaut change only
00:12

At the end of this lecture you will have a better understanding on which German nouns don't change in the plural.

Preview 03:28

List of nouns that don't change
00:04

At the end of this lecture you will have a better understanding on which German nouns take an 's' in the plural.

+ s
02:03

List of nouns with an 's' ending
00:04

Umlaut only, s ending or no change?
4 questions

At the end of this lecture you will have a better understanding on which German nouns don't follow any of the rules from the other lectures.
Some exceptions
05:49

List of some extra nouns
00:03

Do you know the exceptions?
4 questions
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Putting it all together
1 Lecture 01:45

Let's put this all together.

Revision of everything learned
01:45
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Different uses of German and English plural nouns
4 Lectures 10:35

Find out which plural to use when you talk about a mixed group of men and women.

The plural of male and female groups
06:03

Some English nouns only exist as plural nouns, but in German we have a singular and plural version.

Nouns which are singular in German but plural in English
03:07

Here you'll find a list with German nouns which do not have a plural form.

Nouns which are used only in the singular form
01:00

Here you'll find a list with German nouns which exist only in the plural form.

Nouns which exist only in the plural form
00:25
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What next?
1 Lecture 01:34
Bonus lecture: What next?
01:34
About the Instructor
Angelika Davey
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experienced German tutor & translator teaching on & offline

Once upon a time there was a little girl in Germany who had this idea of moving to England as soon as she was grown up and to make all English people like the German language. Then she wanted to be an air hostess, a ballet dancer, a famous singer ……

Fast forward to the present and this little girl hasn’t quite achieved what she wanted, but …

Angelika is a qualified teacher and native German speaker from Lower Saxony in the North of Germany, who moved to England in 1982. She has been teaching German since 1991. Her students are private and business clients, school children and adults in evening classes, with the youngest student being 3 years old and her oldest 80!

Angelika has written six books, one in German and five in English, she translates from English to German and vice versa, and she teaches either face-to-face or via Skype - and now also on Udemy!