There are four conjunctions which consist of more than one word.
They are known as compound conjunctions.
Wir fahren entweder mit dem Bus, oder wir gehen zu Fuß. – We either go by bus, or we walk.
Sie spielen nicht nur Handball, sondern auch Fußball. – They play not only handball, but also football.
Ich mag sowohl den Sommer, als auch den Winter. – I like both summer and winter.
Ich esse weder Fleisch, noch Eier. – I eat neither meat, nor eggs.
Translate these sentences into English to check your understanding of these longer conjunctions.
Now try translating these sentences into German.
Handball is one of the most popular sports Germany, although it is not well known in the UK.
It was first played in Germany and Scandinavia in the nineteenth century. There is a now Handball-Bundesliga (national league) – just like there is for football.
There are seven people in a team and when they begin, young Germans play in teams according to their age – Altersklasse – and there are also some mixed teams.