German grammar: not actually the WURST thing ever

November 10, 2023

Picture this: you’ve decided to learn a new language. There you are, in the first couple of weeks, happily learning to introduce yourself and feeling super motivated because it all just seems so easy… and BAM! Then comes grammar!

Grammar is a term that some people find daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. At busuu, we create courses that are both fun and useful, while turning grammar into something easy and digestible for you to enjoy whenever and wherever you want.

“But isn’t German grammar insane?!?!”

The answer is, no! It’s like anything, once you get the hang of it, it’s a breeze. In each lesson we’ve carefully combined grammar concepts with useful vocabulary. So, you get to see grammar in context without even realising it! We introduce the topic, carefully broken down with lots of examples and exercises so you can practise what you’ve learnt.

One of the most challenging steps when learning German is getting to grips with cases. Grammatical cases exist in many languages, but you can only really notice them in a few. German has four of them and believe me, sometimes even native speakers get them mixed up! There are even books about them and board games to test them. So don’t worry – we’re all in it together!

What even are cases?

To put it simply: a case is the function that a certain part of a sentence has. In the sentence below der Mann (the man) and ein Buch (a book) have different functions.

Der Mann kauft ein Buch.
The man buys a book.

  • Der Mann is the part of the sentence DOING the action. Der Mann is buying the book.
  • Ein Buch is the part of the sentence RECEIVING the action. Ein Buch is being bought by the man.

So long story short, der Mann and ein Buch need different cases. Easy, eh?

And how does busuu teach them?

Well, starting from the most basic case, we have created step-by-step explanations that take you through each one. We give you plenty of opportunity to practise, so that you get a feel for what sounds right.

German course

So, why not give it a go? We’ve split everything up into bite-sized portions and you can go completely at your own pace. Have fun, take your time and just enjoy it! You’ll see, you’ll be ordering Glühwein and Bratwurst at a German Christmas market in no time (with perfect grammar, obviously)!

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