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85 [eighty-five]

Questions – Past tense 1


85 [fünfundachtzig]

Fragen – Vergangenheit 1



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How much did you drink?
How much did you work?
How much did you write?
How did you sleep?
How did you pass the exam?
How did you find the way?
Who did you speak to?
With whom did you make an appointment?
With whom did you celebrate your birthday?
Where were you?
Where did you live?
Where did you work?
What did you suggest?
What did you eat?
What did you come to know?
How fast did you drive?
How long did you fly?
How high did you jump?

African Languages

In Africa, a great deal of different languages are spoken. No other continent has so many different languages. The variety of African languages is impressive. It is estimated that there are about 2,000 African languages. However, all of these languages are not alike! Quite the opposite – they are often completely different! The languages of Africa belong to four different language families. Some African languages have one-of-a-kind characteristics. For example, there are sounds that foreigners cannot imitate. Land boundaries are not always linguistic boundaries in Africa. In some regions, there are a great deal of different languages. In Tanzania, for example, languages from all four families are spoken. Afrikaans is an exception among the African languages. This language came into being in the colonial period. At that time people from different continents met each other. They came from Africa, Europe and Asia. A new language developed out of these contact situations. Afrikaans exhibits influences from many languages. It is most closely related to Dutch, however. Today Afrikaans is spoken in South Africa and Namibia more than anywhere else. The most unusual African language is the drum language. Every message can be theoretically sent with drums. The languages that are communicated with drums are tonal languages. The meaning of words or syllables depends on the pitch of the tones. That means that the tones have to be imitated by the drums. The drum language is even understood by children in Africa. And it is very efficient… The drum language can be heard for up to 12 kilometers!

Guess the language!

______ is a member of the West Germanic language family. That means that it is related to German and English. ______ is the native language of about 25 million people. The majority of those people live in the Netherlands and Belgium. ______ is also spoken in Indonesia and Suriname. This is due to the fact that the Netherlands used to be a colonial power. As a result, ______ also formed the basis for several Creole languages. Even Afrikaans, spoken in South Africa, originated from ______.

It is the youngest member of the Germanic language family. ______ is distinctive in that it contains many words from other languages. In the past, French had a very large influence on the language. German words are often adopted too. More and more English terms have been included over the past few centuries. As a result, some fear that ______ will completely disappear in the future.


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