Kuchen!

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Objective: 

The main aim of Kuchen! is to introduce the way German differentiates between subject, direct object and indirect object, i.e. between who does what to whom. The word endings are therefore important here – notice the ‘en’ and ‘er’ sounds in ‘einen’ and ‘meiner’.

The song also offers an opportunity to show how German can ‘create’ words by adding words together. Children enjoy marvelling at very long words!

Finally, the song shows how we can string adjectives together in German.

What you need to do:

Start by listening to the song. Then look at the lyrics in each language and listen to the song again, reading the lyrics as you go. Then listen how to say the lyrics, phrase by phrase. Then give singing along to the music a go!

You can choose how you want to work with the song; perhaps you want to split the class into different groups and each group takes it in turns to sing a different language. 

Lyrics

Ich möchte einen Kuchen backen 

Ich möchte einen Kuchen backen

Käsekuchen

Zuckerkuchen

Butterkuchen

Lebkuchen

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte

Bienenstich-stich-stich-stich!

 

Ich möchte meiner Freundin einen Kuchen backen

Ich möchte meiner  Freundin einen Kuchen backen

 

Käsekuchen

Zuckerkuchen

Butterkuchen

Lebkuchen

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte

Bienenstich-stich-stich-stich!

Gugelhupf-hupf-hupf

Gugelhupf-hupf-hupf

Gugelhupf-hupf-hupf

Gugelhupf-hupf-hupf

Gugelhupf-hupf-hupf

Gugelhupf-hupf-hupf hupf!

 

Ich möchte meiner besten Freundin einen riesengroßen Kuchen backen

Ich möchte meiner besten Freundin einen riesengroßen Kuchen backen

 

Käsekuchen

Zuckerkuchen

Butterkuchen

Lebkuchen

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte

Bienenstich-stich-stich-stich!

Gugelhupf-hupf-hupf

Gugelhupf-hupf-hupf

Gugelhupf-hupf-hupf hupf hupf hupf

Lecker, lecker, lecker, lecker

Lecker, lecker, lecker, lecker

Lecker, lecker, lecker, lecker lecker!

 

Ich möchte meiner lieben, besten, kleinen Freundin einen riesengroßen, wunderbaren, lecker- schmeckenden Kuchen backen

Ich möchte meiner lieben, besten, kleinen Freundin einen riesengroßen, wunderbaren, lecker- schmeckenden Kuchen backen

iym iym iym!

Fe hoffwn bobi teisen, tesen fawr i’m ffrind

Cyn ei bwyta hi bob tamaid nes bo’r cyfan wedi mynd

 

I’d like to bake a cake, bake it for my friend

And eat up every morsel til the plate says

That’s the End!