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Queer Clowns Cheer Courageously

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1. (normally) Quatsch! Dieser Clown meint, dass Csar China durchquert htte! 2. (slowly) Quatsch! Dieser Clown meint, dass Csar China durchquert htte! 3. (CH at beginning) China China China; Chemie Chemie - Chemie

English
1. (normally) Nonsense! This clown claims that Caesar crossed China! 2. (slowly) Nonsense! This clown claims that Caesar crossed China! 3. (CH at beginning) China - China - China; Chemistry - Chemistry - Chemistry

Vocabulary
German Quatsch durchqueren Clown Champagner Christentum Chef Chance chronisch Quelle zerquetschen English nonsense to cross clown champagne Christianity boss chance (opportunity, possibility) chronic source to crush, squash noun verb noun noun noun noun noun adjective noun verb Notes masculine weak verb masculine; plural: Clowns masculine neuter masculine; plural: Chefs feminine; plural: Chancen feminine; plural: Quellen weak verb

Vocabulary Sample Sentences


Das ist Quatsch! Caesar durchquerte nie China. Er arbeitet jetzt als Clown im Zirkus. Er ist so reich, er kann jeden Tag Champagner trinken. That's nonsense! Caesar never crossed China. He's now working as a clown at the circus. He is so rich, he can drink champagne every day.

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Das Christentum spaltet sich in viele verschiedene Christianity is split into many different Konfessionen. confessions. Mein Chef fordert keine berstunden, aber viel My boss doesn't demand overtime, but he does Engagement bei der Arbeit. demand a lot of dedication to the work. Wenn sich die Chance bietet, dann werde ich sie If the chance occurs I will most definitely grip it. auf jeden Fall ergreifen. Haben Sie irgendwelche chronischen Do you have any chronic illnesses? Krankheiten? Die Quelle eines Flusses liegt oft in einem anderen The mouth of a river is often in a different country Land als seine Mndung. than it's source. Er verrt seine Quellen nicht. He doesn't give his sources away. Es wurden mehrere Menschen von sich Several people were squashed by closing subway schlieenden U-Bahntren zerquetscht. doors.

Grammar Points
The focus of this lesson is the pronunciation of C, Q and CH at the beginning of a word. Quatsch! Dieser Clown meint, dass Csar China durchquert htte! "Nonsense! This clown claims that Caesar crossed China!"

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The German letter Q always appears with the letter U following it. It never stands on its own. And there is only one possible pronunciation for it - /kv/, as in the exclamation Quatsch! (bogus). This does not change even when QU appears in the middle of a word, as in durchqueren (to traverse). The German letter C has two possible pronunciations when it stands on its own either /k/ or /ts/. The former is more common. As an example of the letter C being pronounced as /k/, our sample sentence featured the word Clown. As an example of it being pronounced as /ts/, there is the word Csar (Caesar). It is very uncommon that the letter C is used on its own like this in German; the letter K replaces it in most cases where English would use C. However, C is part of the cluster SCH, the German equivalent of the English SH. And, as we've seen before, C is also part of the cluster CH, which is pronounced either as in ach or as in ich. Let's cover one more thing about this vital German consonant combination: how to pronounce it at the

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beginning of a word. CH at the beginning of the word is very much a matter of taste. There are some people that will pronounce it as in ich, some pronounce it like the English SH and some pronounce it as K. All of these are valid pronunciations for words like China or Chemie. However, when you have a loanword like Champagner (champagne), the pronunciation of the CH tends to be the same as in the original language, so SH in this case and TSH in the case of Chat. There is also a case to be made for ease of pronunciation, so in words with an R following the CH, such as Christentum (Christianity), the CH will always be pronounced as K.

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