German grammar - gender, the plurals

Learn how to make sense of the German plural endings jungle
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About This Course

Published 2/2016 English

Course 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.

What are the 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

What 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.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to the course
03:15

Welcome to my German plurals course.

Section 2: General information about learning German on Udemy, especially for new students
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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.

02:53

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.

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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.

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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.
Section 3: German genders, the plurals, how difficult are they?
02:43

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

Article

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

Do you need an 'n' or 'en' ending?
4 questions
03:25

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

Article

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

Do you need an 'e' ending or umlaut +e?
3 questions
02:42
At the end of this lecture you will have a better understanding on which German nouns take +er or an umlaut +er.
Article

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

Do you need an 'er' ending or umlaut +er?
3 questions
02:14
At the end of this lecture you will have a better understanding on which German nouns take

just an umlaut.

Article

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

03:28

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

List of nouns that don't change
Article
02:03

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

List of nouns with an 's' ending
Article
Umlaut only, s ending or no change?
4 questions
05:49
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.
List of some extra nouns
Article
Do you know the exceptions?
4 questions
Section 4: Putting it all together
Article

Let's put this all together.

Section 5: Different uses of German and English plural nouns
06:03

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

03:07

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

Article

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

Article

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

Section 6: What next?
Bonus lecture: What next?
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Instructor Biography

Angelika Davey, 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!

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