In this lesson, we will write some short, descriptive paragraphs of animals at the zoo.
Before we begin, you may find it helpful to refresh your knowledge of some of the rules and vocabulary we have learned so far:
Okay, are you ready to continue? Let's go!
At the Zoo
Imagine that you are at the zoo.
@IMAGE - illustration of the zoo
Johann Sebastian Bach is with you. He's blind. Look it up; he really did go blind at the end of his life.
@IMAGE - Bach as old man, blind, at the zoo
Because Bach is blind, it is your responsibility to describe to him what the animals look like, and what they are doing.
Animals at the Zoo
At the zoo, we encounter some wild animals.
Here are the ones you come across:
For a more comprehensive list of animal names, you may check out this page dedicated to German animal names.
Now, let's begin describing:
- what these animals look like,
- what these animals are doing
... in German.
An Example Description
Bach is wondering what you see in the elephant enclosure.
"IMAGE - illustration of elephant
His questions are:
Here is an example response:
Do you understand how the elephants are being described? Fill in the gaps in this english translation of the text. Click finish to reveal the correct answers.
An important verb to learn here is aussehen, which means 'to look' (seem, appear). This word is often used to describe something's appearance:
Notice that in the example description, we are using: numbers, colors, the nominative and accusative cases, pronouns and adjective declension.
Now is your turn to try.
Writing Descriptions, In German
Bach is wondering what is going on in the lion enclose. Why don't you have a go at putting together some answers to his questions.
@image of ONE LION, with caption - der Löwe
Well done! 🎉
You have put together a short paragraph of the animal's appearance and action, in German!
Now let's do the same exercise, but with the rest of the animals at the zoo:
@Image of ONE ZEBRA, with caption - das Zebra
Image of TEN SNAKES, with caption - die Schlange
Well done! 🎉
You are putting together short paragraphs, using the grammar rules and vocabulary that you have learned so far in this free course!
Continue on with the next lesson on Connectors, when you are ready.