Word of the week – das Knie

Wolfi’s word of the week: das Knie    [das k-nee]

Das Knie is the word of the week because we have recently been learning about parts of the body. I was wondering how I could bring this topic to life when I remembered that one of the distinguishing characteristics of Der Grüffelo (The Gruffalo) is his knotige Knie (knobbly knees). So we looked at the book together and discovered that he also has schreckliche Zähne (terrible teeth), feurige Augen (fiery eyes) and of course, a giftige Warze (poisonous wart) on the end of his Nase (nose). So, a great book for learning about the various bits of our body, not to mention colours (because of his orange eyes, green wart, black tongue and purple prickles!)

Now, a small note on pronunciation. You actually say the ‘K’ at the beginning of the German word Knie, unlike the silent ‘k’ in knee or, say, knight. We used to pronounce the ‘k’ sound, back when Old English was spoken in these Isles. This might explain why French knights, in the time of King Arthur, said ‘k-nigget’ instead of ‘knight’ …*

Anyway, I digress. Naturally the song ‘head, shoulders, knees and toes’ also comes to mind when teaching parts of the body. In German it goes as follows:

Kopf, Schultern, Knie und Zeh’n, Knie und Zeh’n
Kopf, Schultern, Knie und Zeh’n, Knie und Zeh’n
Augen, Ohren, Nase und Mund**
Kopf, Schultern, Knie und Zeh’n, Knie und Zeh’n.

So to finish, as it’s Valentine’s Day today, here’s hoping someone makes you go weak at the knees (weiche Knie bekommen) 🙂

*“I blow my nose on you, so-called Arthur-king, you and your silly English K…k-niggets!”
**The words for nose and mouth are swapped around to better fit the tune

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