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Expat in Germany: German Language Test

Friday, October 22, 2010

German Language Test

After much anticipation, today we had part 1 of 4 of the German language test for my Intensive German Course.  The German language test is the standardized A1 test which includes:  speaking, writing and listening.  In addition, the school I attend also adds 5 pages of grammar to the German Language Test which we were tested on today.  I don't know my score yet on the grammar part of the German language test, but am not feeling overly optimistic.  German grammar is hard with three different articles to memorize and three different cases (that we've learned so far).  Even a simple sentence such as "The book is on the table." requires you to know whether the book and the table each are masculine, feminine or neutral (for the record, the book is neutral "das buch" and the table is masculine "der tisch" and whether it is accusative case in which case you would say "den tisch" or dative case in which you would say "dem tisch".  "Der tisch" is only used in the nominative case, so in this case "Das Buch ist auf dem Tisch."  Aggghhhhh. 

 This particular German Language Test is not important, meaning that we don't get kicked out of the class if we don't do well, but I want to do well, and I want to learn German and be able to speak German without making grammatical mistakes in every sentence, but am thinking it will be a slow process.  Some days the words just roll off my tongue (keeping in mind my German Vocab is limited to 6 weeks of German school), while other days, like today, I feel like I will never learn German.  Now, I'm off to study for the listening part of my German Language Test next week.  Hopefully this part will go better.  Wish me luck!
What has been your experience learning German or another language?  Please share in the comments section below.

Samples of the A1 German Language Test can be found at A1 German Language Test.



At October 22, 2010 at 8:08 AM , Anonymous Palm Springs Movers said...

Good luck! German can be difficult - as you point out, even simple sentences require knowledge of article/case - but I'm sure you'll soon master it (as opposed to, say, Arabic, which is really confusing for native speakers of Indo-European languages)

At October 22, 2010 at 11:31 AM , Anonymous Andrew said...

Ugh, that is the worst part of German. I actually know all the rules, but none of the articles. So knowing none of the starting points, I always get the actual article wrong. I try to get to just mumbling them.
D'Buch ist auf d'Tisch. :)
What makes it worse is that Auf can be both Dative and Accusative, so Ich lege das Buch auf den Tisch.

Keep going. The germans at least well understand how difficult their language is to speak "genau"; and seem happy to help.

At October 24, 2010 at 5:06 AM , Anonymous DDS said...

Oh, yes the start of the headaches! German is the first language im learning, i cant really count English because it was so many years ago that i started to learn it, so that means i have forgotten all the rules.
Learning German really made me realise just how much i didnt know about English and during my early stages of German i learnt more about the English structure and therefore compared it to German. Maybe that was bad cause i compared the two a result, i started a love hate relationship with the German language.... but i have good days and bad days... today i love it!
I think try to LOVE it as much as possible. Its going to be hard sometimes but worth it while living here. Oh and JP will love you for it! :)

At October 29, 2010 at 12:02 PM , Blogger Expat in Germany said...

Andrew, that's a great idea, I'm going to have to start mumbling :) I'm still struggling with prepositions that can be both dative and accusative, hoping one day everything just falls into place. I agree, that Germans are very understanding with foreigners if you say something wrong. Thanks for your encouragement!

DDS, I get the love hate relationship with German, I feel the same. Glad you are having a "love it" day. I definitely wasn't having a "love it" when I wrote the above post, but today was much better. And you're right about our German men really appreciating it. Tonight we went out for dinner and I ordered for us to practice my German and the server responded in English. J.P. told her that I was trying to practice and please only speak German to me the rest of the night. She gave him a look that indicated she wasn't impressed, but I thought it was really cute :) Good luck with your German!


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