Der Fuchs, die Gänse & ihre Gruppen

    This week’s Märchen is the story of “Der Fuchs und die Gänse” (The Fox and the Geese). At the beginning of the story, the geese are said to be in a “Herde” (herd). With that in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to teach you the names of various groups of different animals. Below you can see the video for this Märchen and after the jump, I will teach you the words you need.

    Since the story is about geese we will start with some types of birds. Obviously, according to the Grimm brothers, you can call a group of geese (die Gans, die Gänse) a herd (die Herde, die Herden), but you can also call them a flock (die Schar, die Scharen), as you can with most birds (der Vogel, die Vögel). Geese are also a bit weird, because you can call them a gaggle (der Schof, die Schofe or der Schoof, die Schoofe). If you have a group of doves or pigeons (die Taube, die Tauben) the Germans call them a flight (der Flug, die Flüge) or a swarm (der Schwarm, die Schwärme).

    Some of these terms overlap with other animals. For example: die Herde is the name for a long list of animals including antelope (die Antilope, die Antilopen), buffalo (der Büffel, die Büffel), elephants (der Elefant, die Elefanten), giraffes (die Giraffe, die Giraffen), deer (der Hirsch, die Hirsche or das Reh, die Rehe), cows (die Kuh, die Kühe), and horses (das Pferd, die Pferde).

    Fish (der Fisch, die Fische) are usually said to be in schools (die Schule, die Schulen). The German version of this word is close to the English word “swarm” (der Schwarm, die Schwärme). “Der Schwarm” can also be translated as a murder when used with crows (die Krähe, die Krähen). You can also translate it as a swarm when it is used with insects (das Insekt, die Insekten) such as ants (die Ameise, die Ameisen), bees (die Biene, die Bienen), flies (die Fliege, die Fliegen), butterflies (der Schmetterling, die Schmetterlinge), and termites (die Termite, die Termiten).

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    Sometimes the word “das Rudel” (die Rudel, pl) is used. This word can be translated as troop, pack, herd, or horde depending upon the animal. It is used for elk (der Elch, die Elche), dogs (der Hund, die Hunde), lions (der Löwe, die Löwen), seals (der Seehund, die Seehunde), and wolves (der Wolf, die Wölfe).

    Since it may be a bit difficult to follow in the paragraphs above, I have broken down the list of groups below and the animals that are included in each one.

    die Herde, die Herden – herd, flock, drove

    die Antilope, die Antilopen – antelopes

    der Büffel, die Büffel – buffalos

    das Chinchilla, die Chinchillas – chinchillas

    der Elefant, die Elefanten – elephants

    der Emu, die Emus – emus

    die Gans, die Gänse – geese

    die Giraffe, die Giraffen – giraffe

    der Hirsch, die Hirsche – deer

    die Kuh, die Kühe – cows

    das Pferd, die Pferde – horses

    das Reh, die Rehe – deer

    das Rindvieh, die Rinder – cattle

    die Schar, die Scharen – flock

    die Gans, die Gänse – geese

    der Vogel, die Vögel – bird

    der Schof, die Schofe (der Schoof, die Schoofe) – gaggle

    die Gans, die Gänse – geese

    der Flug, die Flüge – flight

    das Rebhuhn, die Rebhühner – partridges

    die Taube, die Tauben – pigeons, doves

    die Conchords – the Conchords (haha)

    der Schwarm, die Schwärme – swarm

    der Aal, die Aale – eels

    die Ameise, die Ameisen – ants

    die Biene, die Bienen – bees

    der Fisch, die Fische – fish

    die Fliege, die Fliegen – flies

    der Hering, die Heringe – herring

    das Insekt, die Insekten – insects

    die Taube, die Tauben – pigeons, doves

    der Schmetterling, die Schmetterlinge – butterflies

    die Termite, die Termiten – termites

    die Schule, die Schulen – school

    der Delfin, die Delfine – dolphins

    der Fisch, die Fische – fish

    der Karpfen, die Karpfen – carp

    der Katzenfisch, die Katzenfische – catfish

    der Lachs, die Lachse – salmon

    die Sardine, die Sardinen – sardines

    der Wal, die Wale – whales

    der Zebrabärbling, die Zebrabärblinge – zebrafish

    das Rudel, die Rudel – troop, pack, herd, horde

    der Elch, die Elche – elk

    der Hund, die Hunde – dogs

    der Löwe, die Löwen – lions

    der Seehund, die Seehunde – seals

    der Wolf, die Wölfe – wolves

    Der Fuchs und die Gänse

    Herr Antrim

    Herr Antrim is a German teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience. In 2011 he started his successful YouTube Channel "Learn German with Herr Antrim". In 2015 he created this website to enhance the German language lessons he was providing on YouTube. He is now the author of his own e-book, "Beginner German with Herr Antrim". He has also been featured on numerous blogs and other sites.