noun declension - inflection of the noun: all forms of each case, number, gender for the main determiner der, die das
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It is funny that in 1846 Monier Williams noted something that can be applied to the industry of German language teaching even today. The excerpt is from his preface to "An elementary grammar of the Sanskrit language, partly in the roman character":Excerpt to the preface to "An elementary grammar of the Sanskrit language, partly in the roman character" depiction ( en , 987 x 429 ): Monier, An elementary grammar of the Sanskrit language, pedagogy, psychology of learning, language learning, methodology of learning
Too much content is forced upon the attention of students. The consequence is that learning becomes a pain. We are going to heed this good advice and learning from what this wise man had to say this is going to be the motto: no pain, no tears, hard work yes, in order to gain insight to focus on relevance.
The method of this course
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A general statement that you hear quite often is that German is a language which is extremely difficult to learn (it seems especially the Germans are very proud of this) and that to learn English is easy. I think this is not so. German can be easy to learn if you absorb the structure and understand the underlying patterns. On the other hand, though, English can be a hard nut to crack if you don't just want to make yourself understood, but in fact say something in the fashion an Englishman would do. Quite a few aspects of English Grammar are not as easy as they seem, the significance of which is grasped when students want to take their entrance exams to college. Monier Williams also says that to learn Sanskrit, in fact, is not hard, setting out on this journey by first mastering the outlined basics that the experienced teacher has to offer. Also, in the same fashion, without a foundation, that is without having mastered the fundamental structures of German, do what you will, the student will eventually not attain mastery. Forgetting the stuff one has crammed for a few years only to speak a broken sort of German (or any language for that matter), is this what we want? In this course we are not going to follow this line, but we shall achieve our major breakthrough by looking at the phenomena of case. Then another giant step shall we make by understanding the workings of tense and its relationship with time. So these are the two wide fields we are going to explore extensively: the noun and the verbal system.
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