Alles was ich wünsche

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Alles was ich wünsche

Contributor: Steven Fawkes

Language of text: German
Type of text: Song lyric
Author or source: Bettina Wegner
Intended age of students: Key Stage 3/4
Source reference: Song is here:

Lyrics are here:

Sample lyrics:
Alles was ich wünsche
ist so verloren
wie die arme Liebe
die wir uns schworen
wie die heißen Herzen
die längst erfroren
wie die rote Blume
die nie mehr blühen wird

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A focus on the nouns would be interesting and involve some useful dictionary work; learners could be trying to identify the tone of the song before they hear it

As the pace is so regular this song lends itself to a lip synch activity; learners follow the lyrics and mouth the words in time with the original, to get them into the swing of pronunciation and intonation

The position of verbs in these short sentences is illustrative of the word order rules teachers try to convey to learners, with wenn- and dass - satz and relative clauses. Learners could observe and identify the patterns for themselves as the study of this structure begins.

The song is clearly paced and pronounced and accessible for following the lyrics.

Experience of an authentic song in German
Observation of complex grammar in authentic language

Topics or themes:

Examples of modal verbs
dass clauses
relative clauses


How much time required:
Could be a starter activity or longer

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