A Sixth German Starter Unit

Mein Haus, mein Zimmer 🖤❤️💛 ⇢ My House, My Room 🛏️ 🛋️

Published by Roslyn Green in March 2023

This unit was originally developed for accelerated students and would therefore serve ideally as extension material. A detailed downloadable booklet for students is provided. There is also a range of online quizzes:

  • Two audio quizzes with quite challenging texts to work through
  • Some “pin and label” quizzes to simplify vocabulary learning
  • Two useful quizzes for learning and mastering the prepositions for describing location.

Masculine NounsFeminine NounsNeuter NounsPlural NounsPrepositions

Bildlexikon 1: Mein Zimmer | My Room

  • das Bett → bed
    • Ich mache jeden Tag das Bett. → I make the bed every day.
  • das Zimmer → room | das Schlafzimmer → bedroom
    • Ich habe mein eigenes Zimmer. Ich muss es nicht teilen. → I have my own room. I don’t have to share.

  • der Schreibtisch → desk | der Stuhl → chair
    • Ein Stuhl steht vor dem Schreibtisch → A chair is (standing) in front of the desk.
    • Manchmal lerne ich auf dem Bett, weil das bequemer ist. → Sometimes I study on the bed, because it’s more comfortable.
  • vor → in front of | auf → on
  • stehen – to stand often used to refer to the position of objects

  • der Nachttisch → bedside table | die Vase – vase
    • Der Nachttisch steht neben dem Bett. → The bedside table is beside the bed.
    • Eine Vase steht auf dem Nachttisch. → A vase is on the bedside table.
  • neben → beside, next to

  • die Lampe → lamp | die Kommode → chest of drawers
    • Eine Lampe steht auf der Kommode. → A lamp is on the chest of drawers.

Bildlexikon 2: Prepositions

  • The dative case is required after prepositions denoting position:
    • masculine: der → dem
    • feminine: die → der
    • neuter: das → dem
    • plural: die → den

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay

  • die Tasse→ cup | die Untertasse – saucer
  • der Tisch → table
  • die Frau → woman
  • das Handy → mobile phone
  • das TabletiPad, tablet
    • Die junge Frau sitzt an dem Tisch (oder am Tisch). The young woman is sitting at the table.
    • Sie hat ein Handy in der Hand. She has a mobile in her hand.
    • Die Tasse, die Untertasse und das Tablet sind auf dem Tisch. The cup, saucer and tablet are on the table.

Image by Watercolor Artist from Pixabay

  • das Regal → shelf
  • die Couch → couch
    • Das Regal ist über der Couch. → The shelf is over/above the couch.
    • Die Couch steht unter dem Regal. → The couch is under the shelf.

Image by Luda Kot from Pixabay

  • die Kinder children
  • die Katze cat
    • Die Katze ist zwischen den Kindern. The cat is between the children.

[Note the addition of the dative -n ending to the plural noun: Kindern]

Image by Watercolor Artist from Pixabay

  • das Kinderbett cot or crib
  • der Stuhl chair
    • Der Stuhl steht neben dem Kinderbett. The chair is beside the cot.

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay

  • die Couch couch
  • der Couchtisch coffee table
  • das Fensterbrett windowsill
    • Der Couchtisch steht vor der Couch. The coffee table is in front of the couch.
    • Die Katze sitzt hinter der Couch auf dem Fensterbrett.

Online Activities

Quizizz: German Prepositions

This introductory quiz checks and reinforces learners’ memory of the meaning of prepositions. There are also questions and photos that prompt learners to choose the correct preposition from four options.

Learners can play the “preview” or “flashcard” version of the game without creating an account.

Quiz: Describing Positions with Prepositions

In this quiz about the key prepositions for describing the position of people and objects, learners can select the correct preposition to match a range of pictures containing people, furniture and teddy bears.

Quiz: Über Katzen und Präpositionen | About Cats and Prepositions

This quiz also has deer, dogs and a man doing magical things with a soccer ball in it. To describe each scene correctly, choose the right preposition.

Quizizz: Bei mir zu Hause: Eine Wortliste

Learners encounter 20 nouns for inside the house and the surroundings.

A Pin and Label Matching Quiz: Mein Zimmer | My Room

Sixteen colour-coded nouns for the bedroom: masculinefeminineneuter. Learners can click on the💡on the top left of the quiz to read through the vocabulary list.

A Pin and Label Matching Quiz: Mein Haus | My House

Twenty-four colour-coded nouns for the whole house: masculinefeminineneuter. Learners can click on the💡on the top left of the quiz to read through the vocabulary list.

A spontaneous presentation by Laura Bühler

Mein Zimmer in Deutschland | My Room in Germany → Audio and Quiz

Laura describes her small room in a student hostel in Germany to a class of year seven students in Melbourne.

Audio Quiz with Full Text: Lauras Zimmer in Deutschland

Recorded by Carolina Seez

Mein Zimmer | My Room → Audio and Quick Quiz

A teenager describes her room, which is also her refuge. Click on the picture to see the full text.

Quick Quiz: Mein Zimmer → Match 16 pictures of objects in a bedroom with their German names.

Worksheet: Mein Zimmer → Vocabulary explanations and exercises based on the text

A Fifth German Starter Unit

Hobbys und Freizeit 🖤❤️💛 ⇢ Hobbies and Leisure 🏑🎻📚🎞️

Published by Roslyn Green in March 2023

This unit was originally developed for accelerated students and would therefore serve ideally as extension material. It includes a downloadable booklet for students; a range of online quizzes, including three audio files with texts to work through; and two Kahoots that can be played amongst students or by the whole class, one on Conjugation and the other about Freizeit und Hobbys.


  • gehen – to go (in this example, conjugated)
  • joggen – to jog (in this example, the infinitive goes to end)
    • Ich gehe gern joggen. – I like going jogging.

  • schlafen – to sleep: a vowel-changing verb
    • Sie schläft gern. – She likes sleeping.

  • essen – to eat: a vowel-changing verb
    • Er isst gern Honig. – He likes eating honey.

  • fern/sehen – to watch television
  • This is a separable verb with an added complication: sehen is also a vowel-changer.
    • Sie sehen gern fern. – They like watching TV.
    • Siehst du gern fern? – Do you like watching TV?

Useful Links

Online Activities

Crossword: Hobbys und Freizeit | Hobbies and Leisure

This crossword takes you through all sorts of hobbies, with pictures for each one and a lightbulb to click on for help.

Audio Quiz: Am Wochenende mache ich gern nichts | On the weekend I like to do nothing

This quiz provides practice with identifying and conjugating the vowel-changing verbs – and with talking about a lazy weekend.

Kindly recorded by Carolina Seez

Conjugation Quiz: Am Wochenende mache ich gern nichts

Fill in the missing verbs and practise identifying the vowel-changing verbs.

Quiz: Hobbys und Freizeit | Hobbies and Leisure

Through this quiz you can revise wording for hobbies and leisure activities. There is also a question in which you can practise the conjugation of können (can, to be able to).

Audio Quiz: Kimberleys Hobbys | Kimberley’s Hobbies

One of my most memorable accelerated students, Kimberley, wrote this text after less than one year of learning German. This quiz includes her text, audio and some very simple questions.

Recorded by Carolina Seez

Quiz: gern, lieber, am liebsten

Complete sentences that describe people’s hobbies and preferences by adding gern, lieber, lieber als or am liebsten.


Audio Quiz: Charlottes Familie, Hobbys und Interessen | Charlotte’s Family, Hobbies and Interests

Charlotte grew up in Australia, but she always speaks German with her mother, so she is completely bilingual.

Wir gehen einkaufen 🍅 🍞 🥫

Published by Roslyn Green in February 2023

Going Shopping for Groceries in German

Shoppers need to know the names for food packaging (e.g., bottle, tub, jar) and measures (e.g., kilogram, gram) as well as the vocabulary for the food itself. Here is a summary of packaging and measures with pictures and example sentences. For an A-Z list of foods in German, please visit this page.

Alternatively, jump straight in and work through the quizzes below.

Online Quizzes and Activities

Match the Pin and Label Quiz: Lebensmittel einkaufen | Buying Groceries 🔵 🔴 🟢

  • The pin for each noun is colour-coded: 🔵 for masculine nouns, 🔴 for feminine, and 🟢 for neuter.
  • The sentence on each label refers to a food noun or food container in the accusative case: 🔵 einen | 🔴 eine | 🟢 ein.

Quiz: Essential Wording for Grocery Shopping

This quiz is based on Deutsch mit Inap‘s video on the left. The video is embedded in the quiz and you can watch it as you work through the questions.

Quiz: Practising the Accusative Rules – Grocery Shopping

Revise the accusative rules for the indefinite article (einen, eine, ein) as well as the vocabulary for shopping.

Multiple Choice Quiz: Einkaufen: Fragen und Antworten | Going Shopping: Questions and Answers

In this LearningApps Quiz, there are several snippets of conversation related to real pictures from grocery shopping. Click on the lightbulb 💡 (top left of quiz screen) for a list of all vocabulary. Inap‘s videos below will also help you to consolidate the wording in this quiz.

A Fill-the-Gap Quiz: Ein Dialog beim Einkaufen | A Shopping Dialogue

In this quiz, learners can revise wording for food and consolidate the vocabulary needed for a shopping dialogue in German.

Bildlexikon: Containers and Measures

Noun Key: masculinefeminineneuterplural

der Becher – tub, small carton

Oma möchte einen Becher Joghurt. ⇢ Grandma would like a tub of yoghurt.

das Bündel – bunch

Vergiss nicht, ein Bündel Radieschen zu kaufen. ⇢ Don’t forget to buy a bunch of radishes.

die Dose – can

💬 Möchtest du eine Dose Cola? 💬 Ja, bitte.💬 Would you like a can of coke? 💬 Yes, please.

die Flasche – bottle

Wir müssen eine Flasche Olivenöl kaufen. ⇢ We must buy a bottle of olive oil.

das Glas – glass, jar

💬 Sie wünschen bitte? 💬 Ich nehme ein Glas Erdbeermarmelade. 💬 What would you like? 💬 I’ll take / have a jar of strawberry jam.

das Gramm (-) – gram

💬 Noch etwas? 💬 Ich möchte auch zweihundert Gramm Erdbeeren.💬 Anything else? 💬 I’d also like to get 200 grams of strawberries.

das Kilogramm, das Kilo (-) – kilogram

Ich hätte gern fünf Kilo Kartoffeln, bitte. ⇢ I’d like 5 kilos of potatoes, please.

der Liter – litre

Wir brauchen einen Liter Milch. ⇢ We need a litre of milk.

die Schale – punnet, shallow container

💬 Was darf es sein? 💬 Eine Schale Himbeeren, bitte.💬 What would you like? 💬 A punnet of raspberries, please.

die Scheibe (n) – slice

💬 Sie wünschen? 💬 Ich hätte gern fünf Scheiben Schinken, bitte.💬 What would you like? 💬 I’d like 5 slices of ham, please.

das Stück – piece

💬 Sonst noch etwas? 💬 Ich nehme auch ein Stück Käse, bitte.💬 Anything else? 💬 I’ll take / have a piece of cheese, please.

die Tüte – small paper or plastic bag

💬 Kannst du mir eine Tüte Chips kaufen? 💬 Ja, gerne.💬 Can you buy me a bag of chips? 💬 Sure.

Recommended Videos

The videos embedded below come from the Deutsch mit Inap YouTube channel. Inap is a German teacher in Nepal.

Lebensmittel | Groceries

Lebensmittel einkaufen | Grocery Shopping (see related quiz above)

Dialoge beim Einkaufen | Shopping Dialogues

A Fourth Unit for German Beginners

Published by Roslyn Green in February 2023

In der Schule 🖤❤️💛 ⇢ At School 🏫

This unit introduces vocabulary such as the names of school subjects and school equipment. Students learn how to describe their timetable and express their opinions of school subjects. Along with a free downloadable student booklet, there are several quizzes provided, including a crossword and an ever-changing online bingo board, ideal for class games. The Kahoot is centred around the vocabulary for describing a school day.

After completing this unit, students can also try the quizzes on the School Quizzes page.

A more challenging version of this unit can be found on this page.

Useful Links

Online Activities

Speaking Flippity Flashcards: Schulsachen – School Stuff

Students can use these cards to learn and revise the key vocabulary, then click on “Matching” (top right) to play the dangerously addictive Matching Game.

Flippity Bingo Board with Pictures

This link loads an ever-changing board of the vocabulary pictures in the Flippity vocabulary cards. Students can play a Bingo game with their teacher or revise the vocabulary with a parent or friend by saying “Das ist ein Mäppchen” or “Das ist eine Brille” as they point to each picture.

A Fill the Blank Quiz: At School: General School Vocabulary

Students can apply their knowledge of school vocabulary in a range of sentences about school life, subjects, opinions and stationery.

Multiple Choice Quiz: Attitudes to School Subjects

Multiple Choice Quiz: Ein Schultag | A School Day

The alarm clock rings and the day begins. Experience a school day in German.

Kahoot: Mein Schultag

Players experience a simple school day in German, from breakfast before school to feeling tired afterwards.

A Pin and Label Quiz with Talking Clues

This quiz is embedded below ↓. It is based on the picture on the front page of the unit booklet. The pins are colour coded: masculine, feminine and neuter. Just click on the pins below to begin labelling. Click on the  buttons on each label to hear a description in German.

Crossword: German Words for the Classroom 

This crossword is embedded below ↓. The clues are in German, so this is quite a difficult puzzle, but you can click on the light globe on the top left of the screen to consult the Word List.

A Third Unit for German Beginners

Published by Roslyn Green in February 2023

Meine Familie 🖤❤️💛 ⇢ My Family 🫶🏾

This unit guides learners towards talking about their families and pets. The words for family members are introduced, along with adjectives for describing their characteristics. There is a free booklet for students to download, along with quizzes and activities, including an interactive online crossword and a Kahoot about family and pets.

Useful Links 

Online Activities 

Audio Quiz 1: Guten Tag! Ich heiße Pierre

This quiz is based on the text on page 2 of the unit booklet.

Audio Quiz 2: Leider habe ich keine Geschwister

The audio and quiz are embedded below ↓. This quiz is based on the text on page 8 of the unit booklet.

Herr Smith kindly recorded this audio.

Audio Quiz 3: Ich heiße Lana

The audio and quiz are embedded below ↓. This quiz is based on the text on page 9 of the unit booklet.

This audio was kindly recorded by Linda Manteuffel.

Crossword: Meine Familie

This crossword is embedded below ↓.

Audio Quiz 4: Meine Familie

You can read the text in the quiz below the audio and fill in the missing words.

Note: This text is quite challenging for beginners. It was recorded for this blog by two lovely young teachers from Germany, Diana Bösel and Cheryl Blessing. So you may need to pause the audio between the slides of the quiz.

This text was both written and recorded by Diana Bösel and Cheryl Blessing.