In each lesson, you'll be learning lots of new vocabulary, linguistic structures and useful information for speaking German fluently. However, in order for all of this to find a home safely in your brain, you have to go away and think about it. It's much better to have a three-minute lesson, and then go away and process what you've learnt for the rest of the day, than to sit watching videos for an hour and then to feel so drained you want to think about anything but German for the rest of the evening!
A new idea needs time to embed itself in your mind. When you learn something, the time afterwards when you play around with the idea and try building your own sentences in German is when deep learning takes place.
In this lesson, we are really expanding our vocabulary and opening up huge new areas of the German language. We'll be looking at new ways to use adjectives with the little word etwas, we'll be looking at the useful phrase es gibt, and it's question equivalent, gibt es?, and we'll also get introduced to two different ways to say "to change" in German.
We'll also be looking at lots of very useful adverbs that will add variety and depth to our language. Phrases like viel, zu viel and Dinge zu are great for opening up new areas of conversation.
We'll also start to look at ways that German and English differ. You can't always translate things word-for-word, and the past tense is a great example of this. We'll be looking at how English often has more than one way to say the same thing, which can sometimes cause problems when we're trying to work out how to say something in German.
The past tense, or more specifically, the present perfect tense, is the tense we're going to be looking at in depth in this course. We'll look at how to form it with regular verbs, we'll look at some common irregular verbs, and also look at the different things it can mean in English in the positive and negative.
That's just a brief look at a few of things we'll be learning in this course, but there will be much more.