“Words are not just words. We do things with words.” And among the things we can do with words is express our attitude towards something. We can say things in a certain way to express it as a fact, or as something unreal, or to show that we want to be neutral about whether something is true or not. For these purposes and more, we have the subjunctive mood – in German, the Konjunktiv.
In this episode I talk to Verena Hofstätter, a linguist and German teacher from Vienna. Together we take a dive into the German subjunctive – what it looks like, when it’s used, and why it’s suffering an identity crisis.
About this episode's guest
Verena Hofstätter is a German teacher, sociolinguist and podcaster in Vienna.
She is the founder of Das Lehrwerk, where she teaches German as a foreign language, and supports students with their academic papers and their learning.
Her podcast is called Wissen schafft Sprache. Here Verena covers a wide range of topics to do with the German language, including language history, grammar, sociolinguistics, and language biographies.
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Photo © Verena Hofstätter
This episode was first released on 12th September 2023.
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