M. F. N. Pl. Nominative: der die das die Accusative: den die das die Genitive: des der des der Dative: dem der dem den Nominative: ein eine ein -- Accusative: einen eine ein -- Genitive: eines einer eines -- Dative: einem einer einem --
It’s been years since I declined a noun. It was more than 16 years ago in Greek 102, in fact. (“ἡ γυνη σπευδει προς τῶν ἀγρῶν.”) But Berlin beckons, and I will be able speak a little German while I’m there next month, dammit! I know, I know. You can get by with English only, but . . Well, I’ll let this passage from “Before Sunrise” sum it up:
Jesse: Excuse me, excuse me uh, sprechen Sie English? (Do you speak English?)
Man with jacket: Ja, of course.
Man with tie: Couldn’t you speak German for a change?
Man with tie: No, it was a joke.
Jesse: Well, listen, we just got into Vienna today, and we’re looking for something fun to do.
Céline: Like museums, exhibitions, things…
Man with tie: But museums are not that funny any more these days, uh…
Man with jacket: Uh, (looking at watch) but they are closing right now. How long are you going to be here?
Jesse: Just for tonight.
Man with tie: Why did you come to Vienna? What, uh, what could you be expecting?
Jesse: (Perplexed.) Uh…
Céline: We’re on honeymoon.
Jesse: Yeah, she got pregnant, we had to get married, you know.
Man with tie: (Points at Jesse.) You know I don’t believe you, you’re a bad liar.
Anyway, now that I’m studying German, I’m back to conjugating verbs and declining nouns and adjectives. And I’ll just say this: I think Greek was easier.