Introducing Yourself

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Introducing Yourself

We all like to talk about ourselves! Being able to say your name and information about yourself is vital if you want to get to know German-speaking people.

This topic focuses on words you learnt when you first started German. Most of the content is straightforward and if you know this topic really well, you can pick up lots of points on basic stuff - like spellings and numbers. So, make sure you know this topic inside out!

You need to be able to use the correct way of saying hello to people, depending on the time of day or who they are. In addition, you may want to say how you are feeling (good, bad...). This may come up in your speaking exam in a role-play or in a listening exam.

In the next exercise, look at the English text in blue and type in the German translation. Make sure that you write both the question and the response before you mark your answer.

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Numbers

Knowing your numbers is absolutely essential, whether you want to tell the time, understand how much something costs or tell someone how old you are.

This next exercise will help you revise. Look at the word in the speech bubble, then click on the correct number in the pink boxes and mark your answer. Then move on to the next question and try another!

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So, you thought you were just doing some German revision and you had left your Maths behind!

Practising your numbers can be fun - honest! And they are extremely useful things to know in your exams. You can be guaranteed that they will turn up in some form in several parts of your exams, so make sure you know them really well!

Months

When you are talking about yourself, you may want to say when your birthday is. In order to do so correctly, you must know your German words for months.

Luckily, a lot of the names are the same, or nearly the same as the English words.

This exercise will help you to see how good you are at spelling the words for months.

Type the correct German word for each month. Mark your answer before pressing "next question".

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Dates

Knowing how to say the date in German is essential, whether saying when your birthday is or booking into a hotel, or saying when you are going on holiday...

Remember: When saying a date, you say:

1. am (short for an dem), then for numbers between 1 and 19, add 'ten' to the number in German.

So, on the 5th November = am fünften November.

Unfortunately exceptions do exist, these are:

am ersten (on the 1st),
am dritten (on the 3rd),
am siebten (on the 7th).

2. For numbers from 20 onwards add 'sten' to the German number.

So, on the 25th December = am fünfundzwanzigsten Dezember.

How to say when your birthday is:

"Ich habe am einundzwanzigsten Oktober Geburtstag" = "My birthday is on the 21st October".

Your name, age and your birthday are important facts about yourself. It is very likely you will have to say these things in your speaking exam. Or, you may have to understand details about other people in the reading or listening exam. These are very straightforward things, so learn them carefully - you can then guarantee yourself easy marks.

In this exercise, read the statement in the speech bubble, select the person that it is describing and then mark your answer. Once you have got it right, press the "next question" button and try again.

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Countries

Knowing your countries is essential, especially as you could be tested on them in your speaking, listening or reading exams. Learn the spellings carefully.

As well as knowing the words for countries, it is essential to know how to say your own nationality and be able to recognise the words for other people's nationalities.

If you are asked the question, "Woher kommst du?" (Where do you come from?),

You can answer by saying, "Ich komme aus (word for country)".

For example, "Ich komme aus England."

You can then say what your nationality is:

For example, "Ich bin Engländer." (m) or "Ich bin Engländerin." (f)

Remember: The words are always slightly different depending on whether the person speaking is masculine or feminine - make sure you know the difference!

This exercise will help you remember how to say nationalities...

Look at the map below. Drag the correct person onto their home country (symbolised by the flashing red dots) and mark your answer:

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