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German GCSE A*/9 phrases

Hi everyone :smile: I was wondering if anyone had any good phrases to use for German GCSE to impress the examiners? e.g. phrases including dative/genitive, connectives, subjunctive.. it can be related to any topic but sentences/phrases are best!
I'll collect them all and put them on to a document if this helps anyone :smile:
I know there is a list collated by Edexcel and I have it saved but I couldn't attach it at the moment, let me know if you want to see!

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Wurde Ich...?
Original post by mundosinfin
Hi everyone :smile: I was wondering if anyone had any good phrases to use for German GCSE to impress the examiners? e.g. phrases including dative/genitive, connectives, subjunctive.. it can be related to any topic but sentences/phrases are best!
I'll collect them all and put them on to a document if this helps anyone :smile:
I know there is a list collated by Edexcel and I have it saved but I couldn't attach it at the moment, let me know if you want to see!


Do you mean phrases to initiate a conversation? here you are:

Ich bin der Ansicht, dass... (in my view...)
Meiner Meinung nach... (in my opinion...)
Die Tatsache, dass... (the fact that...)
Bin ich zu dem Entschluss gekommen, dass... (I come to the decision, that...)

I know another phrases like those, don't hesitate to request me.
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Can you only use 'bin ich zu dem entschluss gekommen, dass...'in the past tense then
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Original post by Kallisto
Do you mean phrases to initiate a conversation? here you are:

Ich bin der Ansicht, dass... (in my view...)
Meiner Meinung nach... (in my opinion...)
Die Tatsache, dass... (the fact that...)
Bin ich zu dem Entschluss gekommen, dass... (I come to the decision, that...)

I know another phrases like those, don't hesitate to request me.


hey could you give a few more please? thank you so much
Original post by username3553182
Hi everyone :smile: I was wondering if anyone had any good phrases to use for German GCSE to impress the examiners? e.g. phrases including dative/genitive, connectives, subjunctive.. it can be related to any topic but sentences/phrases are best!
I'll collect them all and put them on to a document if this helps anyone :smile:
I know there is a list collated by Edexcel and I have it saved but I couldn't attach it at the moment, let me know if you want to see!

yes please that would be amazing!!
Original post by rqaisar27
hey could you give a few more please? thank you so much

Give me some seconds to think of them:

Einerseits, ..., andererseits... (in the one hand, ..., in the other hand...)
Nicht nur..., sondern auch.... (not only,..., but also...)
Zu guter Letzt (Last but not least)

Are these another three phrases enough for first?
Original post by rahsain
shizen Hitler zu swinesburg ist da ****

Shizen and swinesburg don't mean anything
Also, remember that "sh" in English is often "sch" in German
Original post by Il1L
Shizen and swinesburg don't mean anything
Also, remember that "sh" in English is often "sch" in German

Indeed, there are so many words with this prefix in German. Did not know that you are into that language so much. You have got my sympathies. :smile:
Original post by Kallisto
Did not know that you are into that language so much. You have got my sympathies. :smile:

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Original post by Il1L
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I wonder why you hide your answer in a spoiler, as if it is so embarrassed to you.

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I can answer many questions about German language!
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Original post by Kallisto
I wonder why you hide your answer in a spoiler, as if it is so embarrassed to you.

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Idk really...
Original post by username3553182
Hi everyone :smile: I was wondering if anyone had any good phrases to use for German GCSE to impress the examiners? e.g. phrases including dative/genitive, connectives, subjunctive.. it can be related to any topic but sentences/phrases are best!
I'll collect them all and put them on to a document if this helps anyone :smile:
I know there is a list collated by Edexcel and I have it saved but I couldn't attach it at the moment, let me know if you want to see!

How r u revising for exams?? I never really revised the past two years and managed to get 7s by winging it and cramming but I really want to get an 8/9 as I enjoy the language, but I’m not so good at writing. Has anyone got any tips?
i’d love to see please :smile: thank you so much!!
Original post by rqaisar27
i’d love to see please :smile: thank you so much!!


There’s also um…zu, which means in order to
for example: ich benutze oft die öffentliche Verkehrsmittel, um die Umwelt zu schützen (I often use public transport in order to protect the environment)

Another good one (especially for the world of work) is: ich könnte mir vorstellen, meaning ‘I could imagine to’
E.g. Ich könnte mir vorstellen, als Kellnerin zu arbeiten (I could imagine to work as a waitress)

Although the ones above are great for orals, you should be wary of the way that they affect sentence structure because that’s an easy way to trip up meiner Meinung nach and zu guter Letzt both move the verb to straight after (e.g. meiner Meinung nach ist der Klimawandel schrecklich (in my opinion, climate change is terrible), or zu guter Letzt ist der Klimawandel schrecklich für uns (last but not least, climate change is terrible for us))

Einerseits and andererseits also move the verb to the front! It is worth noting that both of them have longer forms (auf der einen Seite (on the one hand) and auf der anderen Seite (on the other hand), and these also move the verb to the front

Ich bin der Ansicht, dass also affects sentence structure by moving the verb to the end (like weil does) e.g. ich bin der Ansicht, dass der Klimawandel schrecklich ist (I am of the opinion that climate change is terrible)

There are also other phrases similar to nicht nur…sondern auch… (which means not only…but also…, as stated above) these are:
Sowohl…als auch… (which means both…and… more or less the same as the one above, but subtly different in that it doesn’t emphasise the second thing mentioned like nicht nur…sondern auch does)
Weder…noch… (meaning neither…nor…)
Entweder…oder… (meaning either…or….)

Anyway yeah hope that helped? Pls anyone correct me if im wrong at all these are just from my notes (also, any tips on how to come up with what you‘re going to say in English (i always panic and overcomplicate it) without having to script everything would be greatly appreciated!!!)
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I've also been winging it last year but managed to get a 9 in the writing mock by doing these things...

1 - Mindmap what you CAN say about each of the bullet points in BOTH questions.
2 - Ensure you understand the tense of each bullet point and write in that tense.
3 - Think about what impressive phrases/tenses you could include in a bullet point. You should learn the phrases (without the adjectives/nouns so you can use it in any context) before.
4 - Pick the one you can write the best quality and the most about.
5 - Never write the truth, write what the examiner would like to hear/your best language.
6 - Don't think about what you want to write, think about all the things you could write and pick the best think. Remember, you have an abundance of time in writing exams.
7 - CHECK!!

Just noticed that points 2 and 3 contradict a little. What I mean is that you should write in the tense of the bullet point, but to show off, you could add a sentence on the end in a different tense. For example, if a bullet point was in future tense you could write in the future, then add a conditional tense on the end. This is taken out of my G9 writing:

Nachten Samstag, werde ich mit meiner Mutter ins Bergen wandern, weil das ihr lieblingshobby ist. Danach, planen wir ein Picnick zu essen. Wenn ich mehr Geld hatte, werde ich ski in der Bergen fahren.
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Original post by Kallisto
I wonder why you hide your answer in a spoiler, as if it is so embarrassed to you.

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I can answer many questions about German language!

Hi! I am also in need of some more cool phrases that i could use in any situation to impress examiners because german is currently a struggle lol
Original post by Il1L
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Can you speak fluent German then?
Original post by Talkative Toad
Can you speak fluent German then?


Yup
Original post by marsbars34567
Hi! I am also in need of some more cool phrases that i could use in any situation to impress examiners because german is currently a struggle lol

Even I have to look for another one in the internet, because some are really old-fashioned. Here are some:

Voller Bauch studiert nicht gern! (A fat belly a lean brain)
Der Schalk im Nacken (a real teaser)
Den schwarzen Peter zuschieben (to leave somebody holding the baby)
Da scheiden sich die Geister! (This is the parting of the ways!)
Im Schlaraffenland leben (to live in the land of Cockaigne)
Pech gehabt! (Hard luck!)

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