Jens has a new burst of confidence after the speed-dating event. He is sure that all three women he met were totally into him.
Now he has to decide which of the ladies he likes best. Who is the most intelligent? Who is the strongest? And above all (for Jens), who is the richest?
Before we hear Jens's decision, we need to learn how make comparisons in German.
So let's take a look.
There are two types of comparisons. You can compare two things and say that one thing is better, faster, bigger than something else. Or you can say that something is the best, the fastest, the biggest of all.
Let’s start with the first type of comparison. To compare two things in German, you have to to two things:
That works for a lot of adjectives. However, many one-syllable adjectives also add an umlaut to the vowel:
To say something is the greatest, the biggest, the tallest, etc., follow these steps:
Ok! Now we're ready to hear what Jens thought of his dates!
After spending only a few minutes with each woman, Jens already has some interesting observations.
He has ranked the ladies based on the attributes he thinks are most important in a girlfriend. (And looking at his list, we’re starting to get a better picture of why Jens is still single.)
Here's what Jens is looking for. Just for fun, see if you can guess what each of these adjectives mean in English. Then click on each to see if you guessed right!
So how do the three ladies stack up? Listen to Jens’s observations.
Lastly (and arguably most important for Jens), how rich are these ladies? Let's flip things around: See if you can figure out how Jens is going to say each of these, and then click each one for the answer.
So Jens, which of your speed-dates did you like best?
(Watch out, this comparison for good/better/best doesn’t quite follow the rules, but you'll probably find it very familiar nonetheless!)
So Jens has chosen the least intelligent, hairiest, loudest, tallest, richest lady. Cue the romantic music and light the candles! We can’t wait to see how this date turns out!