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Übung 6-5a. Über kurzlich Vergangenes sprechen. Füllen Sie zuerst Ihre Spalte stichwortartig aus, dann fragen Sie Ihren Partner/Ihre Partnerin! Notieren Sie die Antworten! Erzählen Sie jetzt der Klasse, was Ihr Partner/Ihre Partnerin alles getan hat! Wer war aktiver? Sie oder Ihr Partner/Ihre Partnerin?

Fragenmeine Antwortenmeine Partnerin / mein Partner
Um wieviel Uhr bist du aufgestanden? 


Was hast zum Frühstück gegessen? 


Wie bist du zur Uni gekommen? 


Was hast du zu Mittag gegessen? 


Was hast du getrunken? 


Mit wem hast du gesprochen? 


Wo bist du um 18.00 gewesen? 


Was hast du am Abend gemacht? 


Was hast du im Fernsehen gesehen? 


Mit wem hast du telefoniert? 


Wie ist es dir gestern gegangen? 


Was ist sonst noch passiert?  


Um wieviel Uhr bist du ins Bett gegangen? 


Inseparable Prefixes and Present Perfect

Inseparable prefixes in German include:
  • be- beginnen (to begin), besuchen (to visit), bekommen (receive, get)
  • emp- empfehlen (to recommend)
  • ent- entfernen (to remove)
  • er- erzählen (to tell, narrate)
  • ge- gefallen (to be pleasing to), gehöhren (to belong to)
  • ver- vergessen (to forget), verschwinden (to disappear)
  • zer- zerstören (to destroy)
  • The participles for these verbs do not have a ge-.
  • Examples: Der Film hat gestern um sieben Uhr begonnen. Im Restaurant hat Gina uns die Rostbrätle empfohlen.
  • Inseparable prefixes can be on weak verbs (erzählen) and on strong verbs (vergessen).
  • Inseparable prefix verbs can be on verbs whose auxiliary is sein: Mein Geld ist im Urlaub verschwunden.
  • The participles for the verbs listed above are:
    • begonnen, besucht, bekommen
    • empfohlen
    • entfernt
    • erzählt
    • gefallen, gehört
    • vergessen, verschwunden
    • zerstört

Übung 6-5b. Übersetzung (translation) Translate the following sentences into German. Work with a partner. Use the online dictionary. Write the sentences on the blackboard. Write the translations on the lines below. On BOLT.

  1. Jürgen told me a story today.


  2. The party began at seven o'clock.


  3. Did you get many gifts for your birthday?


  4. Who recommended the hotel?


  5. They removed the sign yesterday.


  6. We liked his books a lot. (use the verb "gefallen") "a lot" in this case: sehr


  7. The guitar belonged to my friend.


  8. I forgot everything today.


  9. People disappeared.


  10. The fire destroyed the city.



A brief overview, part 2

Elektronische Musik: Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007), formally trained musician and composer, pioneered electronic music and other experimental music, and influenced the genre world-wide. German electronica had its breakout in 1974 with the international hit "Autobahn" by the group Kraftwerk. Around the same time the band Tangerine Dream also gained a strong presence in the world electronic music scene. One outgrowth of electronica was the emergence of techno and synthpop in the 1990s, but techno does not attempt to be musically innovative and is primarily dance music; many German techno performers, such as Mousse T. and Paul van Dyk, are known outside of Germany. Their works are often instrumental (or the song texts are in English). Today one of the more successful synthpop groups using German lyrics is 2raumwohnung.

Neue Deutsche Welle: Die Neue Deutsche Welle (German New Wave) bears similarities to the new wave trends from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. New wave moved away from blues and rock and roll sounds to create pop music that incorporated disco, mod, and electronic music. It has been associated with punk music, which emerged around the same time, but tended toward more melodic structures. The most well-known of the Neue Deutsche Welle was the band Nena (also the first name of the band's singer). Nena's biggest hit, 99 Luftbaloons climbed the charts in the US (with both an English version and the original German. Other popular representatives of Neue Deutsche Welle include Hubert Kah (who sings in English) and Peter Schilling (who sings both in German and in English).

Die Rock-Opas: Among the German artists who had their first hits in the early 1970s, some, such as Udo Lindenberg and Peter Maffay, have consistently produced recordings that reach the top 40 and higher to this day. In fact, Maffay holds the German record for the most number one ranked albums, and his latest concert tour sold out a year in advance.

Rhythm & Blues / Soul: Since 1995 the singer Xavier Naidoo has been the most well-know interpreter of R&B and soul. Cassandra Steen (and her band Glashaus), Joy Denalane, and Moses Pelham (who integrates rap and synthpop) also count among the foremost representatives of German soul / R&B. Popular singers Tim Bendzko and Max Heere have been characterized as having elements of soul music in their songs.

Hip-Hop / Rap: Hip-hop has become a top-selling genre in Germany. The band Die Fantastischen Vier broke ground in German rap in 1992 and are still selling out concert halls. A few of the great number of hip-hop acts include Samy Deluxe, Bushido, Cro, Kool Savas, Marteria, and the latest smash hit group Bonez MC & RAF Camora.

Indierock: Indie rock originally referred to bands that recorded on small, independent labels. Due to advances in technology and other factors, the "indie" part has lost much of its meaning. German indie rock today actually finds itself in the mainstream of German popular music, which ranges from soft rock and pop to hard rock, and often includes elements from hip-hop, electronica, and other genres. Artists producing records in German today include bands such as Sportfreunde Stiller, Tocotronic, Blumfeld, Selig, Jennifer Rostock, Wir sind Helden, Silbermond and solo artists Adel Tawil, Mark Forster, Andreas Bourani, and Frida Gold. Many of the German popular artists also collaborate on recordings and whole projects, even across genres. Since 2005, he band Tokio Hotel has been one of the most internationally successful groups, beginning as a well-crafted teenie heartthrob act. Lately their sound has taken a stronger synth-pop direction. Their last two albums were released only in English.

This is only a brief overview of some aspects of German popular music, and the genres not covered are no less important. Other kinds of music, such as jazz, reggae, and country music also enjoy strong followings in Germany.

A few examples:

Übung 6-5c Was haben Sie am Montag gemacht? Teil A. (Teil B ist auf Seite 11.) Fragen Sie Ihre Partnerin / Ihren Partner nach den fehlenden Informationen.

* = verbs of motion / # = starke Verben

Doris im Café mit


am Abend in
der Bibliothek
 um achtzehn
Uhr ins
  den ganzen
Tag faulenzen
Wilhelm und


auf dem Markt
  mit dem Bus
zur Uni
Karl das


mit den Eltern
  in der Kneipe
Bier trinken#
Die Müllers  


 Karten spielen im