I can’t freakin’ remember the right word
The other day, I read about what to do if you can’t remember the article of the German word that you were about to use. When it just has slipped your mind. Instead of using the wrong one, use all three articles. Instead of saying, Ich fahre die Auto (das would be correct), you say, Ich fahre den, die, das Auto (I am driving the car).
While you have a chance of 33% of picking the right one in the first example, the second strategy gives you definitely the full 100 %. I haven’t heard it myself, which simply may be because my students just ask me when they are unsure, but I like the strategy and to be honest, I do it myself as well when getting caught up in another language.
[werde, würde, wurde]
Another tactic is to pronounce the verb forms werde, würde, wurde the same way. It sounds like [vɜ: rdə], as you would say the vowels e, ü and u all together, a little bit like the [u] in “to hurt”.
No wonder, there is such confusion about it. Let’s have a look at the three together and make them stick in your mind forever.
Here is how to pronounce them: werde – würde – wurde
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