Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We finished wrapping up on location v destination, and we started learning about how to talk about states of being and about going to places in town."
"The student and I began our session with an overview of adjective declension. Since this is a very expansive topic including 48 different adjective endings, we decided after several practice examples that it would be best to review the basics and have her do the memorizing as homework. I suggested that she create English sentences with lots of adjectives and then do her best to translate them into German. She could then look at her declension tables and compare her answers to the correct ones. If she gets any wrong, she can devise a similar sentence with different nouns and adjectives and attempt it again until she gets a feel for the right endings without needing to consult with the chart. This is a lot of memorization, and practice is really the only way to improve. We proceeded to talk about the simple past tense and when it is used in modern German. We compared it to the past tense using "haben" or "sein." We took a short detour to go over verbs with prefixes (she was already quite capable) and I discussed verbs like "umfahren", which have both separable and inseparable forms, each of which has a different meaning and conjugation. We ended the session with a discussion of the Konjunktiv II, noting that most verbs form the Konjunktiv by adding the word "wÃ_rde," while the verbs "haben," "sein," and "werden," among a few others, are commonly formed with a single word (much like their simple past forms). I provided the student with many internet links to help her master the topics we had discussed."
"Today, the student and I reviewed grammar drill responses for chapter 1 of text. We also covered noun genders and plurals and discussed further tutor sessions."