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Learning German with ChatGPT

You have probably already heard of ChatGPT, but did you know that you can also use it for learning and practicing German? In this article, I will give you some examples of what is possible. For all of them, I am using the free version 3.5. Enjoy!


Vocabulary


Have you stumbled upon a new word whose meaning is a bit hard to get? Just ask ChatGPT to explain it to you and to give you example sentences.


My prompt

Please explain the German word "Aufenthaltsgenehmigung" to me.

ChatGPT's anwer



ChatGPT can also explain the difference between words to you. This is particularly useful for the German verbs with prefixes! You can ask it to give explanations in German or in any other language.


My prompt

Explain the difference between "aufwachen" und "erwachen".

ChatGPT's answer



Give ChatGPT a text and ask it to extract any difficult words from it and give them to you in a list, along with your native language, with or without example sentences.


My prompt

I found this text on tagesschau.de and it's a bit difficult. Please extract any difficult words and give them to me in a list, along with an English translation. Here is the text: "Ampel lädt Bauernverbände zu Gesprächen ein. Die Ampel-Fraktionschefs haben die Bauernverbände am kommenden Montag zu einem Gespräch eingeladen. Während die Landwirte die Proteste heute fortsetzen, kommt aus Mecklenburg-Vorpommern ein Vorschlag zur Konfliktlösung."

Chat GPT's answer


Or you can ask it to translate the whole text.


My prompt

Please translate the text into English.

ChatGPT's anwer



Are you preparing for a conversation session about a specific topic? Just ask ChatGPT to give you some vocabulary.


My prompt

I am learning Germand and I will have a conversation session about the topic "Wintersport". Please give me a list of words I can use.

ChatGPT's answer


And then try: "Give them to me in a table format." :)


Grammar


You can try to ask ChatGPT to explain a grammar rule to you. However, I recommend only using it to confirm what you already know. For the purpose of this article, I asked it to explain the "Infinitiv mit zu" and "Wechselpräpositionen", and there were mistakes in both...


Careful, ChatGPT can make mistakes!

Of course, modal verbs are followed by an infinitive without "zu". The explanation is wrong - but the example sentence is without "zu" and correct.


Chat in German


You can actually have a conversation with ChatGPT.




Texts and stories


Give it some key words and ask it to write a story.


My prompt

Write a short and simple story with the words: Termin, Verabredung, Vorschlag, Picknick, Botschaft (embassy), Abgemacht!, In Ordnung! [Side note - all these words are from lesson day 85, "Termine finden - Finding appointments"]

ChatGPT's answer

My additional request

ChatGPT's answer


It is particularly funny if you ask it to use your name and give it some context.


My prompt

Write a short story in simple German in the present tense about Juliane who is an online German teacher and about her students who are using her video course all over the world.

ChatGPT's answer


Sentences and emails


Do you have to write an email in German? You can ask ChatGPT to check it for mistakes or rephrase sentences you wrote.


My prompt

Please improve this email: "Liebe Anna, ich kann heute nicht zum Unterricht kommen. Mein Sohn ist krank... Viele grüße, Paul"

ChatGPT's answer

My additional request

ChatGPT's answer

My next additional request

ChatGPT's answer


Image descriptions


If you have version 4, you can upload pictures and ask it to describe them.


My prompt

Please describe this picture in simple German.

ChatGPT's answer


Games


For example: Ask it to think of an object or concept and you need to guess what it is by asking up to 20 yes-or-no questions - or play it the other way around. It's a great way to practice asking questions and to learn more vocabulary.


My prompt

Let's play a game: Think of an object or concept and I need to guess what it is by asking up to 20 yes-or-no questions, in German.

ChatGPT's answer and the exchange



Speaking and writing prompts


Whenever you would like to practice speaking and writing, but are not sure what to talk or write about, ask ChatGPT to give you a list of prompts.


My prompt

Give me some speaking prompts in German.

ChatGPT's answer


To summarize, ChatGPT is an excellent tool for learning languages. You need to be aware that it can occasionally make mistakes, but overall, the benefits of using ChatGPT for language learning are pretty incredible. 😉



➡️ Have you ever tried this out?

➡️ Can you think of any other ways that ChatGPT can help you learn German?



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