English Grammar Practice Online For German Speakers
English and German originate from the same branch of language – so as you would expect, there are several common features. However, there are also several curve balls that make learning English complicated for German speakers.
Fortunately, there is nothing too complicated about English grammar that cannot be learnt by practising English grammar online with a native British tutor (that can also speak German).
Common stumbling blocks for German speakers learning English are words that are spelt the same but pronounced differently, words with silent sounds and a lack of verb conjugations based on a level of formality.
But above all, it is certain verb tenses and verb placement that are the initial stumbling block. English grammar that contradicts the rules also prevents German speakers from mastering English fluently.
Practising English grammar online with a native English teacher will help you to overcome the confusion. In the meantime, check out these examples.
Continuous Verb Tenses
German doesn’t use continuous verb tenses. You use the present simple or past tense. In English, we might choose to use the present perfect instead.
Continuous verbs are used to demonstrate that an action is taking place, will be taking place or has already happened. Although continuous verbs are not always necessary, they are useful for writing or storytelling when you want to convey that an action is happening in real-time.
The words you use are determined by whether you are speaking in the past, present or future, but they are always distinguished by the verb + ing on the end.
Continuous verb tenses always end with -ing regardless of which person you are speaking about.
Present: I am meeting with them now.
Past: I had a meeting with them earlier.
Future: I will be meeting them later.
German speakers recognise early on that the verb placement in English is different from sentence structures in your own language. The German tends to be simpler.
For example, if you have a sentence with two verbs, the first verb is placed at the beginning of the sentence and the second verb at the end.
In English, both verbs are towards the front of the sentence, which to German speakers can make speaking English feel clunky.
English: I want to ride my bike to work
Ich möchte mit dem Fahrrad zur Arbeit fahren
Learn English Grammar Online
Online English classes with E4P are ideal for students and professionals that live in Germany or the other DACH countries. Our teachers are native English but also speak German to a good standard. There won’t be any problem providing explanations in either language.
Practising English grammar online is also more convenient for students that have other full-time commitments. Learning English online gives you the opportunity to be more flexible with your schedule.
If you feel you need to take your English proficiency to the next level, why not practice English grammar online.
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