German 101 Elementary German 1 (4 credits)
Basic grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary of the German language. Includes study of German-speaking cultures. Practice of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Prerequisites: none.
Course Objectives by Chapter (Lessons 1-5)
- You will learn common greetings and farewells; how to introduce yourself in terms of name, place/country of residence, and languages spoken; the interrogative words to ask from others the same; basic pronunciation; the alphabet for the purpose of spelling names; social courtesy expressions such as Entschuldigung, danke, bitte; common languages; titles of courtesy; informal versus formal address; subject pronouns; and the present indicative of the verbs heissen, kommen, sprechen, and sein.
- You will learn how to ask someone how he or she is doing; how to state how you yourself are doing; how to state what you would like to drink (as if you were in the student cafeteria); common beverages in the cafeteria in Germany; the cardinal numbers 0-200; how to give and receive phone numbers and communicate addresses; present indicative of the verbs such as trinken, möchten, nehmen, machen, mögen; arbeiten;
- You will learn how to talk about prices; how to state prices in Euros; ask how much something costs; vocabulary to describe and remark about basic objects you might buy at a flea market; vocabulary to conduct a basic transaction at a flea market; read authentic ads for buying and selling common items; cardinal numbers to 1 million; gender of nouns; definite, indefinite articles and the negating article kein; nominative and accusative case of nouns.
- You will learn how to tell and ask for time; express time of day in terms of morning, afternoon and night; talk about your daily routine; vocabulary for making plans with someone; ask when something begins and how long something lasts (a concert for example); days of the weeks; separable prefix verbs; understand some past tense forms of common verbs used to describe daily activities in printed text; read signs of businesses about their hours of operation.
- You will learn vocabulary for food items and expressions necessary for shopping and making purchases at the market, for example: ich hätte gern, was darf’s sein; write a shopping list; understand recipes; German weights, measurements; vocabulary for packaging and containers; plural forms of nouns;