If you have a big family, this example may help you with your German essay:
Meine Familie ist sehr groß. Ich habe zwei Schwestern, einen Bruder, drei Tanten, einen Onkel und sechs Cousins. Meine große Schwester hat lange blonde Haare und heißt Laura und eine kleine Schwester heißt Miranda und ist dunkelhaarig. Mein Bruder heißt Fred und trägt eine Brille. Ich verstehe mich gut mit meiner kleinen Schwester und meinem Bruder. Mit meiner großen Schwester streite ich mich oft um den Computer. Mein Vater arbeitet zwar viel, aber am Wochenende hilft er uns immer bei den Hausaufgaben. Meine Mutter backt gerne Torten. Ihre Schokotorten mag ich besonders gerne. In den Ferien besuchen wir häufig meine Großeltern, da sie leider so weit entfernt wohnen. Meine anderen Großeltern, die Eltern meiner Mutter wohnen eine Straße weiter. Das finde ich schön, da wir uns oft sehen können. Außerdem haben sie eine süße Perserkatze, mit der ich immer spiele. Wenn uns meine Cousins besuchen kommen, unternehmen wir meist etwas Besonderes. Letztes Wochenende waren wir alle zusammen im Zoo. Das war lustig, da mein Cousin Ben Angst vor Schlangen hatte. Ich mag meine Familie!
Now, the same story in English:
My family is very big. I have got two sisters, one brother, three aunts, one uncle, and six cousins. My older sister has long blond hair, and her name is Laura. My little sister is called Miranda and has dark hair. My brother's name is Fred and wears glasses. I get along well with my little sister and my brother. But I argue a lot with my older sister about the computer. Although my father works a lot, he always helps us with homework on the weekend. My mother likes to bake cakes. I especially like her chocolate cake. During the holidays, we often visit my grandparents because they live so far from us. My other grandparents, the parents of my mother, live on the street next to ours. I like that because that way we can see each other a lot. In addition to that, they have a cute Persian cat I always play with. When my cousins visit us, we always do something special together. Last weekend, we went to the zoo together. That was fun because my cousin Ben was afraid of the snake. I like my family!
Oddly enough, the more words you learn, the easier it becomes to remember them. Your long-term memory works like an infinitely elastic network; everything you learn is classified according to meaning. As far as your long-term memory is concerned, the more related meanings you give it, the better.
This doesn’t mean that you should learn hundreds of words all at once, but you will find it helpful to learn words in connected and usable parcels.
That’s why in your text and on this page you will be learning the words for family membersalong with a number of adjectives you might use to describe them. Learning an adjective with some appropriate nouns helps you to remember both. Each kind of word acts as a memory hook for the other.
Using adjectives to describe people requires you to use a noun or pronoun, the verb „to be“ (sein) and an adjective. With these three components you can create a very simple kind of sentence, as shown in the table below. Once you know these three components, you’ll be able to generate hundreds of sentences of your own. Here’s an example, using a friendly father figure.
|Noun or Pronoun||The Verb „to be“ – sein||Adjective|
(he – pronoun)
|ist (third person singular)||groß(tall)|
|musikalisch(musical, musically talented)|
If only all fathers were like that!
The first Quizlet below contains many words for family members, along with a number of adjectives you might need to describe them. First, cycle through the Quizlet. The easiest game to play with this Quizlet is Scatter, which tosses the cards over the screen and allows you to match them. After that you can play a game such as Space Race to ensure that you know all the words. Before you play this game, check the box on the screen for „ignoring stuff in parentheses“ or you will have to type the plural as well.
Reading through the second Quizlet, which contains some simple sentence examples as well, will help you to consolidate this vocabulary.
The next step is up to you. Once you have these components in your memory, you can start creating your own sentences. To learn how to use all the parts of the verb „to be“ (sein) correctly, go to this page.
Use the Quizlet below to revise the vocabulary relating to families. This Quizlet contains both single words and sentences. After cycling through the vocabulary, you could play the Scatter Game, which is the one most appropriate to longer pieces of text.
In the quiz below, you will need to type the missing words, which are usually the nouns for family members. The quiz is all in German, but you should be able to piece the meanings of the sentences together and fill in the missing word. To see the quiz on the whole screen, so that the characters aren’t all squashed up, click HERE.