word groups

How do I identify important components of language?

Units of significance
clickDeutsch aims to raise the awareness for the different units of significance. Such units are word groups like e.g.:
  • What do you say in this situation? "Guten Tag, wie geht es Ihnen?" (Hello, how are you?")...
  • When? At what time? nachmittags um halb fünf (at half past four in the afternoon)...
  • Where? am Kino warten (wait in front of the cinema)....
  • What? das Frühstück machen (prepare the breakfast).....
  • What kind of?/ Which? dein Zimmer (your room)......

The units of significance are

  • the basic components of language that contain meaning
  • the smallest translatory units
  • psychological learning units
  • the connection between formal and functional aspects of language

Wh-questions are an important tool for language teaching in practise in order to separate a statement into its units of significance, the so-called parsing. Meaningful questions partition and structure meaningful units of learning and significance.