Describing Others

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Describing Others

Talking about your family members is almost bound to come up in your speaking exam. You will be using the word "my", for example, my mother is called...

In German, the word for my is "mein" and will change depending on whether the person you are talking about is male or female.

For Example:

Mein Vater ist vierzig Jahre alt.

Meine Mutter heisst Susan.

(Mutter is feminine, so in this example, you have to add an e to mein).

Look at this family tree - you are "ich". Fill in the gaps to complete the tree and then mark your answer.

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You may have to describe a family member or friend in your speaking exam, or you may need to understand a description in the reading or listening exams. You will need to be able to describe hair and eyes. This exercise will help you revise this all-important vocabulary.

Read the blue sentence and then click and drag on the correct hair and eyes for each person. Mark your answer before moving on to the next question.

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Describing people

Apart from describing what people look like physically, you need to be able to say what sort of character they have. This exercise will help you to remember some useful words.

Match the words to the pictures by clicking and dragging on the correct word so that they are placed in the middle of the boxes:

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Lots of us own pets. You may have to talk about them in your speaking exam. Even if you don't have one, you can pretend you do!

Just be careful when you say "I have a..." You need to know whether the word is a masculine, feminine or a neutral word and the only way is to learn as you go along - you can't always guess!

As you learn the word, learn it with der (masc), die (fem) or das (neuter).

Once you know the gender (masc/fem/neuter) you're off and away. The word for "a" in German is "ein" or "eine", depending on the gender.

Ich habe Masculine: Feminine: Neuter:
ein eine ein
einen eine ein

After "I have a..." the word for "a" changes, but just for masculine words - that's why you must know the genders.

Complete the following statements correctly by dragging "einen", "eine" or "ein" into the gaps in the sentences.


Ich habe eine Schlange.

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In your speaking exam, you may need to spell your name in a role-play - you may need to be able to understand spellings in the listening exam.

If you are not sure how German letters are pronounced, this table will help you:

A =ah (as in 'car') J = yot S = ess
B = bay K = cah (as in 'car') ß = ess (or scharfes ess)
C = tsay L = ell T = tay
D = day M = em U = ooh
E = ay N = en V = fow (as in fowl)
F = eff O = oh W = vay
G = gay P = pay X = eex
H = hah Q = coo Y = ipsilon
I = eeh (as in see) R = air Z = tset

We all like spending time on the telephone talking to friends, catching up on the latest news. In your speaking exam, you may need to make a telephone call as part of a role-play.

Here are some useful phrases you ought to know:

Read the speech bubble and click on the correct English translation. Then mark your answer and click on "next question" to try another.

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