Beschreibungen (Descriptions)

To describe someone, we use the verbs ‘haben’ (to have) or ‘sein’ (to be).  These are both key verbs and should be learnt off by heart.  Practise repeating them in the order below until you can say the whole verb without looking.


To practise describing yourself and others, click on the web-site above and then go to:

Beginner’s Units / Wie siehst du aus / beschreibungen 1 – 12

Once you have practised using, look at the table below.  You can use this in 2 ways: 

a.  Play a game with a partner.  Throw a die to determine how many squares you move forward.  When you land on a square, you must make a sentence in german using the prompts.  If your sentence is correct, you stay on the square – if it is not correct, you must go back to where you started from!

b.  If you are alone, write a sentence for each of the squares using the prompts given.  Then check your answers by clicking on the thumb-nail.




March 13, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . adjectives, family, verbs. Leave a comment.

Hausaufgaben – Adjektiven (Test am 17/03/09


March 13, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . family, homework, vocabulary. Leave a comment.

Hausaufgaben – für 10/11tem März

Look at the Simpson’s family tree below and make at least one sentence like the examples to describe each person. 

e.g.  Maggie hat eine Schwester und einen Bruder.
         Homer ist Maggies Vater.

Use either the verb ‘haben’ (to have) or ‘sein’ (to be) to make sentences, but remember that if you use ‘haben’ you may have to use ‘einen’  with masculine words (look at previous blog post).

Also there are no apostrophes in German, so if you want to say that Lisa is Bart’s sister, you have to use one of the forms below:

Lisa ist die Schwester von Bart – Lisa is the sister from Bart


Lisa ist Barts Schwester – Lisa is Bart’s sister (note NO apostrophe – this -s only works with a persons real name, you can’t use it with objects)


February 24, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . accusative, family, homework, writing. Leave a comment.

Describing your family

Look at these four sentences:


Karl ist             ein        Bruder.

Angela ist         eine      Schwester.

Ich habe           einen    Bruder.

Ich habe           eine      Schwester.



Ein, einen and eine both mean the same thing – a


What is the rule?

When do we use ein?

When do we use einen?

When do we use eine?


Answer: We use ein when we are talking about someone male using the verb ‘sein’ (to be) and we use einen after any other verb.  We use eine when we are talking about somebody  female.   


Can you fill in the gaps in these four sentences?

1)         Marge Simpson ist _______ Mutter.

2)         Homer Simpson ist _______ Vater.

3)         Lisa Simpson hat _______ Großmutter.

4)         Bart Simpson hat _______ Großvater.



February 24, 2009. Tags: , , , . accusative, family, grammar, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Familievokabeln – Test am 3/4ten März


February 24, 2009. Tags: , , . family, homework, vocabulary. Leave a comment.