German GrammarPod

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German GrammarPod explains the world of German grammar. Its aim is to be accessible to all levels of learner and to give you tips to help you achieve maximum effect for minimum effort.

Relative Pronouns3 Jan. 9, 2010
This podcast covers relative pronouns such as was, wo, da, welcher, wie and warum. You have to use these in specific situations to refer back to specific things. This podcast is mainly aimed at higher intermediate and advanced learners, as you can get by without knowing most of the stuff …
Relative Pronouns 2 Aug. 24, 2009
This podcast covers relative pronouns after prepositions and some other special cases.To listen to this podcast directly on your computer, click here.
Cases: The Genitive Case July 26, 2009
The genitive case is used to indicate possession, like of or apostrophe-s ('s) does in English. However, apart from in formal, written texts (and in its version of adding 's, which is just to add an s to the end of proper nouns), German tends to avoid the genitive. Most …
This podcast is about when to use the perfect tense. The perfect tense is the ich habe es getan tense and corresponds in form to the I have done it tense in English. But the rules on when you use the tense are rather different in German. The German one …
This podcast is about when to use the perfect tense. The perfect tense is the ich habe es getan tense and corresponds in form to the I have done it tense in English. But the rules on when you use the tense are rather …
The Conditional 3 April 26, 2009
This podcast is very very brief and contains just a note about a correction I've made to my first conditional podcast (if you've downloaded it after 26 April 2009, you've downloaded the already corrected version) and an additional useful sentence I hadn't previously inclued: I should have done something - …
The conditional basically means sentences with a would. For instance, if I were rich, I would buy a house (or as it is for other speakers of English: if I was rich, I would buy a house). German has the verb würde which corresponds to would. For most verbs, you …
The Conditional - Part 2 April 19, 2009
This episode is about more of the really practical stuff you need to know about the conditional.To listen to the episode directly on your computer, click here.
Word order has a highly complex set of rules in any language. So many, that I'm not convinced anyone has ever managed to write them all down for any given language. For pretty well every rule there is an exception, and there are even exceptions to exceptions.This podcast …
Word order has a highly complex set of rules in any language. So many, that I'm not convinced anyone has ever managed to write them all down for any given language. For pretty well every rule there is an exception, and there are even exceptions to excepti
German word order in a completely standard, neutral main clause is a follows: * nominative subject, * conjugated verb, * accusative then dative pronoun, * nouns with definite determiners, in the order dative, accusative * most adverbials * nicht – or othe
German word order in a completely standard, neutral main clause is a follows:* nominative subject,* conjugated verb,* accusative then dative pronoun,* nouns with definite determiners, in the order dative, accusative* most adverbials* nicht – or other negation particles* adverbials of manner* …
The Pluperfect Jan. 27, 2008
The pluperfect is the ich hatte es getan or I had done tense. You make the pluperfect in German by taking the perfect tense (the ich habe es getan tense) and changing the auxiliary verb (the habe or the bin etc.) into the simple past version of itself (ha
The Pluperfect Jan. 27, 2008
The pluperfect is the ich hatte es getan or I had done tense. You make the pluperfect in German by taking the perfect tense (the ich habe es getan tense) and changing the auxiliary verb (the habe or the bin etc.) into the simple past version of itself (<span style="font-style: …
The Simple Past Dec. 31, 2007
The simple past - also known as the preterite or the imperfect tense - is equivalent in form to the English I did form (ich tat es). The way that regular verbs form their simple past is by a or being inserted into the present tense ending. For instance ic
The Simple Past Dec. 31, 2007
The simple past - also known as the preterite or the imperfect tense - is equivalent in form to the English I did form (ich tat es). The way that regular verbs form their simple past is by a or being inserted into the present tense …
The perfect tense is one of three German past tense forms. It's also the one that's most commonly used in spoken German, so very useful to learn. The perfect tense is a compound tense. This means it uses two verbs: an auxiliary (or helper) verb and a main verb. Most …
The perfect tense is one of three German past tense forms. It's also the one that's most commonly used in spoken German, so very useful to learn. The perfect tense is a compound tense. This means it uses two verbs: an auxiliary (or helper) verb and a main
Hallo all,It's been longer than I intended yet again, but I've finally managed to finish another episode of German GrammarPod. This episode is about the future tense and also about the verb werden in general.The future tense is pretty simple in German. Most of …
Hallo all, It's been longer than I intended yet again, but I've finally managed to finish another episode of German GrammarPod. This episode is about the future tense and also about the verb werden in general. The future tense is pretty simple in German.