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Tiere (Animals)

Tiere auf dem Bauernhof: easy video about farm animals; with pdf worksheet available   (V)

Tiere der Liebe: online exercise about animals that are used as terms of endearment in German. (O)

Bauernhof Tiere2 Tiere: online animal quiz. (O)

Tiere und ihre Jungen: online quiz about animals and their babies. (O)

Tiere: which animal is being described? (O)

Die 12 Weihnachtstage: Some unusual animals are used in Reinhard Mey’s German version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas”. Worksheet with links. (W)

German idioms with animals: intermediate-level worksheet. (W)

Idioms with animals: advanced-level worksheet (no answers provided). (W)

More German idioms that use animals: part 1; part 2; part 3.

Vocab flashcards for farm animals (most suitable for children).

Tier ABC: animal abc video (for children). Worksheet to go with the video.

Bauernhof Tiere: study sheet; fill-in sheet

Redewendungen: advanced-level worksheet based on Lessing’s “Rangstreit der Tiere.” Adding the correct German tiere schimpfwoerter 2idiom. (W)

Tierkreiszeichen: reading comprehension worksheet on astrological signs. (R)

Tierkreiszeichen: adjectives for people based on horoscope descriptions; lots of positive and negative adjectives to describe personal qualities. Teil 1; Teil 2    (O)

Redewendungen und Ausdrücke mit Tieren: a photo gallery with fairly easy explanations of expressions that use animals in a non-animalistic sense. Von Deutsche Welle. 

An Amira book about the animal names people use to insult someone in German. No activities with the book, but it’s easy reading and audio is available.

Many German animal names are wonderfully descriptive, as you can see from the literal translations below.

Tiernamen 2tierverband 2



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