In many parts of the world, today is the first day of school!
I'm sharing a great lesson plan for homeschoolers and language learners everywhere for their first week of German lessons, from home.
If you have any background with German, start off by taking a free German Language Placement Test to figure out your proficiency level. You can take this again at the end of the semester to track how much you've improved.
If you are brand new to the German language, download the DuoLingo app and complete the first two lessons in the Basics category.
Learn the personal pronouns:
ich - I
du - you
er - he
sie - she
es - it
wir - we
ihr - you all/you guys
Sie - you (formal, polite form)
sie - they
Practice the personal pronouns by completing the following exercise:
1. ____ gehe nach Hause. I'm going home.
2. ____ seid aus Italian. You guys are from Italy.
3. ____ (die Frau) heißt Sabine. Her name is Sabine.
4. ____ wohnst in Berlin. You live in Berlin.
5. Mein Vater und ich, ____ wir lernen Deutsch. My father and I, we are learning German.
Continue with DuoLingo by completing the next two lessons.
Learn three new verbs: sein, gehen, and haben.
sein = to be
haben = to have
gehen = to go
Write out the conjugation of your new verbs in your German notebook by hand, including the pronouns.
Studies show that writing by hand helps your brain memorize new information better and faster. By doing a combination of learning methods, you'll be able to retain your new language skills longer.
Complete the following exercise to practice conjugation of your three new verbs:
1. Ich geh_ in die Schule. I'm going to school.
2. Er ___ ein Student. He is a student.
3. Ihr ha___ ein Auto. You guys have a car.
4. Wir geh__ nach Hause. We're going home.
5. Wir ____ zu Hause. We are at home.
Complete the next two lessons in DuoLingo.
Write five, original sentences, using each of your new verbs in the present tense. Write and translate your sentences (by hand) in a notebook. You will be doing this every week so you can keep track of all of your new verbs.
As always, feel free to contact me if you're interested in personalized lessons.
This fall, Speak at Home Tonight is also rolling out group lesson options so you can practice speaking to multiple people, all from the comfort of your own home.
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