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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sind sie jedesmal in Osnabrück gewesen? (is that how you say have you ever been there?) I think I may have the sentence structure wrong -sigh Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

michaela1 wrote:
Sind sie jedesmal in Osnabrück gewesen? (is that how you say have you ever been there?) I think I may have the sentence structure wrong -sigh Smile


Das ist gar nicht so verkehrt, Mary Ann.

Du kannst sagen: Sind Sie jemals in Osnabrück gewesen? oder, da wir ja hier Freunde sind, Warst Du schon einmal in Osnabrück oder auch Warst Du jemals in Osnabrück. Du siehst, es gibt viele Möglichkeiten.

I wish, I could speak English like you in German, very good. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ah jemals not jedesmals

close Smile I'm trying to rely on some vocabulary I haven't used in a long time
Your English is FAR better than my German Marga!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mary Ann, "jedesmal" is close to "every time, each time",
"jemals" means "the first time" (have you ever been in ...)

You're to nice to me, Mary Ann. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ich versuche noch etwas

I want to say all are invited to join us at the Expo in NY

Here goes- don't laugh Smile

Alle sind eingeladen mit uns am Expo in NY zu treffen

Help Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mary Ann, I would say :
"Ihr seid alle eingeladen, uns bei der Expo zu treffen."
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used alle to mean everyone not just those I knew
but wow was THAT off Embarassed

Back to the books! Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can also say "jeder", that is a word for "alle" too, and means the same. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well now you know what you are in for soon Embarassed
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mary-Ann, ich freue mich auch, dich an der EXPO zu treffen. Ich werde mir Mühe geben, hochdeutsch zu sprechen, schweizerdeutsch wird wohl niemand verstehen!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mary Ann you can also use 'alle'.

Then you could say:

'Alle sind eingeladen sich mit uns bei der EXPO zu treffen.'

So actually your first try was not that wrong as you thought it was. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So the main problem was I should have remembered that eingeladen is reflexive and takes 'sich' etc. and to use bei instead of am

I'll get it yet Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No it is not 'eingeladen' that is reflexive. It is 'treffen' that is reflexive and takes the sich because the infinitive would be 'sich mit jemandem treffen'. Wink You really are good, Mary Ann!!! Very Happy We are here to help you out. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok I just thought for all those who would like to learn some German we could start with the sentences Cécile also taught you in french. Wink

Hi. My name is...

Hallo. Ich heiße...

ich (hard to give an example for the pronunciation of the ch cause I think this phoneme/sound does not exists in English as it is pronounced in German)

h(ard)
ei(=I)
ß(=s)
e(=indefinite article a)

Nice to meet you.

Schön dich kennenzulernen

Sch(= sh in sharp)
ö(= no equivalent sound in English I think)
n(=n)

d(=d)
i(=i in impossible)
ch(=no equivalent sound in English)

k(=k)
e(= like the a in can)
nn(=n)
e(= like the a in can)
n(=n)
z(=ts)
u(=[y]ou)
l(=l in learn)
e(= a in can)
r(= r[ather])
n(=n)
e(= indefinite article a)
n(=n)

I am single.

Ich bin single.

ich (=i like in imossible, ch no equivalent sound in English)
bin (=like the english word bin)
single (=like in English, actually there is another german word but most people would nowadays use single)

I am married.

Ich bin verheiratet.

Ich (see above)
bin (= english word bin)
v= f(rom)
er (=air)
h=h(ard)
ei (=I)
ra=ra(ther)
t=t(own)
e=indef. art. a
t=t(own)

I don't have any children.

Ich habe keine Kinder

Ich (=see above)
ha (=ha(rd)
be (= b+ indef. art. a)
kei (= k+ personal pronoun I)
ne (= n+indef.art. a)
Kin (= like english word kin)
der (= d+english word air)

I have one child/ two /three /four children.

Ich habe ein Kind/ Ich habe zwei/drei/vier Kinder.

Ich habe (=see above)
ein (= personal prooun I+n)
Kind (=english word kin+ t(arget))
zwei (z=t+s, w= V(alery), ei= personal pronoun I)
drei (dr= dr(um), ei= personal pronoun I)
vier (v= f(old), ie= vowel e, r= indef art. a [in linguistics also called the
schwa]
Kin (= like english word kin)
der (= d+english word air)

grandchildren


Enkelkinder

Enkel (= english word ankle)
Kin (= like english word kin)
der (= d+english word air)

For those sounds that don't have equivalent sounds in English I may have to find a way to create sound clips. Will have to see how I can do that. I hope my explanations for the rest are not too complicated. Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wie sagt man Ich habe ein (4 footed child or should I say furry! as I know many here do Smile
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