[Course Forum] German 1-7 by Memrise


(Overlord Hydroptère) #136

Haare is plural, that is why. As for the “Geschichten” question, I don’t really understand what is the problem? the English version?

Mems made by natives as to explain grammar in each sentence … - such occupation would be a full time job, who’d pay the mem creators?

(Sir Cemloud) #137

You need to look into declinations of the German language, without the mems to explain it to you, you will not understand unfortunately.

I have started to create a course for French speaking trying to explain those, but it is not simple and you must look up at other sites to read the rules and have more examples (so it needs to be done on the web version)

Memrise alone will fail in teaching you that. You need to look elsewhere. Here is a start on this forum :

(Dean Faccini) #138

@Hydroptere The official Memrise German course already has mems that explain grammar. They were removed.

(Dean Faccini) #139

@sircemloud I think I’m beginning to realise that Memrise alone won’t enable me to learn and fully understand a second language. This is not a criticism. I think what they offer is very good. I just wish they’d bring back the mems which did go some way to explaining the grammar rules. I found this very helpful and it gave me a better understanding of what I was learning.

Thanks for the links. I shall definitely take a look at them.

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The British English German courses have a total of 2,756 entries. The American English German courses have a total of 2,554 entries. Why is that? Shouldn’t the courses be the same, albeit with different translations for a handful of entries?


(Mimi ) #142

I would suggest to change Nichts zu danken! - You’re welcome! (German 2) for something like You’re welcome! / Nothing to thank for!

Since you’re welcome has too many possible translations as Keine Ursache! Bitte (sehr)!, Gern geschehen! etc and not all are accepted, moreover it’s kinda confusing.

Another point, maybe one should mark in attributes if English you should be translated as polite Sie or du.


German 4 Level 4 sentence: “ich habe gestern abend auf dem Sofa gelesen”

shouldn’t it be Abend with capital A? if that is a mistake, please correct

(Zhanet Ivanovab821) #144

Hi @moderators , apologies if this has already been brought up (or if this isn’t the right place).
I’m currently on German 3, and a recurring issue I have is when translating sentences from English to German involving ‘you’ - it is not clear if ‘you’ is meant in the plural or singular form in English and I keep making ‘mistakes’ by translating it in the singular instead of the plural and vice versa.
Any chance there could be clarification added to the English sentences in such cases, for example (plural) or (formal)?
It will save some frustrations : )

(Sir Cemloud) #145

It is a recurring issue with the French and German courses in many Memrise courses where the learning language makes a difference between a polite you and a casual you.

I trust @mario2189 is working on clarifying those points in the German Memrise courses with our help.

(Mario2189) #146

Just saw your post and I have corrected it to capital spelling “Abend”, thanks for flagging this! Have a great week, Mario

(Awtreuter) #147

There is a typo in the German-6:

the kind and queen stated that they were going to be parents

it has to be “King”, not “Kind”

(Tosh72) #148

In German 1 by Memrise (Level 7), for “the German (man; woman)” it gives the answer as “der Deutsche; die Deutsche”. But it should be “Deutscher” for the male. The R is missing.


No error, der Deutsche is correct.
This is an adjective used as a noun and it is declined just like an adjective.

der Deutsche, die Deutsche
ein Deutscher, eine Deutsche
Deutscher, Deutsche (without an article)


(Tosh72) #150

Interesting. Thank you for the reply.

I’m curious, why does Word Reference list it as this? Maybe I’m not understanding the difference with/without an article.


(Mario2189) #151

thanks for flagging this, I have just corrected it!
Best, Mario

(Mario2189) #152

This is a bit confusing, I agree. So basically, because we teach the lexical item with the article, it has to be “der Deutsche; die Deutsche” as @duaal has explained correctly. It is indeed a nominalized adjective. When used in a sentence however, the article is omitted, forming phrases like “Ich bin Deutscher” and then a different declension is used. This simply is called “strong and weak declension” (with and without article). The following links might help. I hope this will resolve some of your questions!



Kind regards,

(Yves Codet) #153

They list words without an article, so in this case it has to be Deutscher, as was written above.

(Ora9) #154

I have a question regarding the old German A2. In the level “Crime 1”, there are two seemingly similar sentences, but with different positioning of “entweder”.

One is “Sie können den Mann entweder beschreiben oder ein Bild von ihm zeichnen”, and the other is “Sie können entweder auf den Mann zeigen oder ihn beschreiben”.

What is causing the different order of words? Is it the “auf” in the second sentence? Or is it just that someone omitted to enter an alternative? Can I (and if not, why) say “Sie können entweder den Mann beschreiben oder ein Bild von ihm zeichnen”?

Thanks in advance! :slight_smile:

(Sir Cemloud) #155

In German 6 (I think) this sentence was reworked in the way similar to :
“Sie können den Mann entweder beschreiben oder ein Bild von ihm zeichnen”

No confusion is brought with another example (yet).

My understanding is that “entweder” comes where the option comes in : you have to draw or describe the person.
So person (object) comes first and then the 2 ways of representing him or her. If the option was in the object being represented, the “entweder” would be before that object.
“Sie können entweder den Mann oder die Frau beschreiben”,

So I presume that, in that respect, the second example was wrong and was omitted from the reworked course.