Skills in reading German can progress more quickly than listening, speaking, or writing.
But reading in a second language requires strategies.
When reading in their native language, people do not actually read many of the words.
Rather, the brain automatically fills in and makes connections.
In a second language, people typically try to read every word. This leads to breakdown of comprehension, because the brain gets stuck on unknown words and resists moving past them. Do not look up the meaning of words and attempt to translate. It takes up a lot of time, is frustrating, and is not necessary.
In most cases, complete sentences (with subject and verb) will be required for the answers. For example, if the question is "Wann wurde Abraham Lincoln geboren", then do not answer with just the date, but rather: "Abraham Lincoln wurde 1809 geboren."
|Übung 10-a. Guessing. Keep in mind the context of a reading passage. See the image on the left.
Übung 10-b. Lyndsey ist Austauschstudentin (exchange student) aus den USA. Teresa ist auch Austauschstudentin aus Deutschland und
studiert in den USA.
Lyndsey just arrived at the university in Jena, Germany. She writes an email to her German friend, who is studying in the United States.
|Universität||Eigenschaften||Aktivitäten||Gegenstände im Zimmer|| |
Übung 10-b. Inhaltsfragen Complete the assignment on BOLT in the designated submission folder under "Assignments". Submit the answers in an MS-Word document ONLY. Answer in complete sentences.
How to Write a Composition in German
Essays will be submitted to the designated folders on BOLT under "assignments".
Übung 10-c. Schreiben Pretend you are writing an email to a German who is coming to study at your university for a semester. Use the correct salutation: "Liebe" (Dear) for female and "Lieber" for male, as in "Lieber Josef". Introduce yourself: name, age, where you are from, your likes/dislikes, your personality, some daily activities (including times and days).
Ask several questions.
Close with the proper salutation and your name: "Mit freundlichen Grüßen" (Literally "With friendly greetings", equivalent of "yours truly" or "sincerely").
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