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Märchen–Fairy Tales

 

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Märchen — Fairy Tales

Grimm’s Fairy Tales: Audio and Text Links

Der Rattenfänger von Hameln   (The Pied Piper of Hamelin, with comprehension and vocabulary exercises)   R

Geschichten aus der Märchenwelt  (Identify fairy tales from short summaries)   W

Der Wolf und die Sieben Geißlein: Present perfect tense (past participles)    W

Die Prinzessin auf der Erbse: online exercise on adjective endings. Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “Die Prinzessin auf der Erbse” (The Princess and the Pea). Preceded and unpreceded adjectives.   O

wer wen2Frau Holle: Relative pronouns; online exercise   O

Frau Holle: Simple past worksheet, audio file    W

Hans im Glück  (based on one of Grimm’s fairy tales)   R

Hänsel und Gretel: reading comprehension based on the childrens’ song  (video) (answer sheet)   R / V

Rapunzel: audio version of the Grimm fairy tale with  worksheet on separable and inseparable prefixes.   W

Rapunzel:  Hin oder her? A modified version of “Rapunzel” specifically for the use of “hin” or “her”.   W

Rotkäppchen: listening activity with focus on the dative case:  Worksheet 1; listening activity with focus on simple past verbs: Worksheet 2Audio Link

Rumpelstilzchen (simple past): worksheet, audio

German fairy tale: students write their own fairy tales by choosing various elements. Suggested length: 500-800 words.

Verbs used as nounsWorksheet / Video Link (song from the movie “7 Zwerge” with the German comedian Otto Waalkes; a very liberal interpretation of Snow White).

Der Deutschbüffler, September 2015 issue, dedicated to the Grimm brothers and their fairy tales. Beginner-level reading comprehension with activities. Sep. 2015

Bilingual blog article with a number of additional resources about German fairy tales.

Bilingual blog article about Hänsel und Gretel (both the original and the movie).

A great resource page with lots of activities and information related to Grimm’s fairy tales (from Goethe Institut).

An outstanding resource for grammar, presented in an interesting way (yes, there is such a thing!): Grimm Grammar (University of Texas). In-depth explanations of grammar issues in English, with illustrations from Grimm fairy tales, and online exercises to practice. Particularly helpful to independent learners.

 

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