Decoding German Questions to Unlock the Answer

Anytime I start teaching a new student I realize one thing. Most people believe that there is no system to the new language they are learning. The good news is though that there is. In this blog post I want to decode “entschlüsseln” German questions, so that you can correctly answer them.

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  1. […] a command so your voice does not go up at the end of the sentence, otherwise it will sound like a German yes/no question and you’ll sound confused. Be careful not to shout these or say them too strickly, as the tone […]

  2. […] to contradict them. Generally we throw the contradiction out as a question, so it starts with a question word (interrogative). You’ll also notice that this is one of the German ways for expressing the English […]

  3. […] I love this story because it makes me laugh a little, but it also opens up two important other points. One is cultural and one us linguistic. But one of the best things is that I see that even if they don’t understand German, they do understand that they are being asked a question. This shows that a great deal of understanding German is paying attention to intonation, which is similar to English — your voice goes up at the end of a question sentence. (Read more about questions and answers in German here). […]

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