Is there an easy way to learn German?

November 25, 2008 by  

I am hoping to learn German and need all the assistance I can get, Did anyone use a book and cd that they can recommend? I am on a tight budget but would appreciate any recommendations :-) Thanks!
I am living in Germany currently, so yes, that does help, but like I said I would love to have a book and cd or something so I can see and read as well as hear it! Thanks for all your suggestions :-)

The easiest way to learn any language is to live in that specific country for a bit. You cant help but pick it up.

(not really possible on a small budget though I suppose).

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22 Responses to “Is there an easy way to learn German?”

  1. Rich T on November 25th, 2008 12:33 pm

    The easiest way to learn any language is to live in that specific country for a bit. You cant help but pick it up.

    (not really possible on a small budget though I suppose).
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  2. Samantha on November 25th, 2008 1:14 pm

    Surf the net and you'll find great free stuff
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  3. Sweetest sin <3 on November 25th, 2008 1:56 pm

    Live in Germany
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  4. Qui on November 25th, 2008 2:16 pm

    Rosetta Stone programs. Look them up! They have just about any language you could want to learn.
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  5. gav on November 25th, 2008 3:04 pm

    do you want an easy way or a cheap way ?
    easy way is to go to germany for a few months, cheap way is to use Berlitz or similar language course, but this is less effective, especially if you are past your teens when it gets harder to pick up a new language. look for second hand ones on ebay.
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  6. Emmamooo on November 25th, 2008 3:15 pm

    Check http://uk.freecycle.org/

    Post a 'wanted' ad and someone out there will have some unwanted books and audiotapes/cd's and you won't have to spend a penny.
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  7. youdancin on November 25th, 2008 3:43 pm

    If you can get the Michel Thomas CDs off ebay or A mazon – they're REALLY great – very easy and almost effortless
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    Have done the French and the Italian ones

  8. ©§ Bouncy ©§ on November 25th, 2008 4:24 pm
  9. sian_coxon on November 25th, 2008 5:07 pm

    The best thing to do is you're on a budget is to go to your local library and see what books they've got, and CD-ROMS. I think it only costs about £2 a week to hire CDS out. Or you could always go on a beginners course at your local college or school. There is always stuff like that advertised online
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  10. monkeymanelvis on November 25th, 2008 5:37 pm

    Make a German friend and get them to teach you a bit. Or get a german pen pal. Things like this may seem simple but they are cheap and really work.
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  11. zigma on November 25th, 2008 6:26 pm

    There isn´t other way that to live in Germany.
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  12. zack on November 25th, 2008 6:39 pm

    There's no easy way to learn any language, but the cd/book combination Improve Your German by Heiner Schenke is very good and only £15. Schenke taught me German for a while and he's an excellent teacher. Run Lola Run is brilliant for picking up idiomatic German, and it's on sale in HMV at the moment for about a fiver, as is Downfall and Das Experiment, brilliant films. http://german.about.com is a brilliant website for german beginners, it's full of easy to understand info and has online testing, and it's free. Go to google.com and choose the language tools link, type some english into the online translator, when it comes up with the german equivalent it's quite helpful to think about how it choose to translate it and gives you an idea of how the language works. If none of this works give up trying and take up knitting.
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  13. Benvenuto on November 25th, 2008 6:56 pm

    I just learned it on my own, using an old Doubleday German Made Simple book.
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  14. babyface blacia on November 25th, 2008 7:44 pm

    brrrrmkkkk…i hate german and the worst thing that i have to learn it at school :(
    :s
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  15. rumpleteazer04 on November 25th, 2008 7:51 pm

    One way I've found that helps me is to find a German band (who actually sing in german) and listen to their music. Then compare the german with the translation. I've found Nena's 99 Luftballons is a good one as you can get side by side translation for each line.

    Also buying a good german dictionary helps, as does writting down and learning any new vocabulary. Good luck!
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  16. Kai M on November 25th, 2008 8:12 pm

    The best thing you can do is make a list of all the vocabulary you can find, add ten more words every day and revise & remind yourself of all the words every day, covering the translations with your hand.

    The grammar and the pronunciation are issues that will come with practice & teaching too – be prepared & pleased to be told off for doing things wrong – this gives you a chance to improve. And above all, go to Germany, take the Goethe- or Humboldt Institute courses, and avoid people who speak your language. If you can't then spend as much time as possible on German chat, Yahoo Q & A and newspapers' sites – and add words you don't know to your (above) list.
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  17. rbwtexan on November 25th, 2008 8:32 pm

    Immersion is the best way to learn, If you don't want to move to Germany, and have no German friends you can room with, audio or video courses are the next best thing.

    When I studied German, I used the MP3s from this site and listened to them during my daily commute. The site is from Radio Deutsche Welle.

    http://www.dw-world.de/dw/0,1595,2548,00.html

    It's a site with High Quality MP3 recordings and PDF documents of written work to learn the written language. There are several levels from Beginner to Professional. The courses are far from boring, being based around a cute story about a man who's constant companion is an invisible imp. And best of all, it's free.

    have fun.
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  18. Kitty on November 25th, 2008 9:06 pm

    I do german for Alevel in school, and I have been asking that question for ages!!!I find it difficult, but I have heard that living in germany is the easiest way to learn german.
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  19. Cat on November 25th, 2008 9:21 pm

    Try popping into a bookshop anytime soon – they should have a section called "Deutsch als Fremdsprache" (German as a foreign language). If it's a large shop, they should have a variety of language courses in different price ranges. I am sorry I cannot recommend a specific one, but Langenscheid (yellow books) are usually pretty good. Have a look around, maybe get some advice from the shop assistant, and then try getting the same thing cheaper on eBay. ;o)

    Good luck with your studies!!
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  20. aleks77 on November 25th, 2008 10:02 pm

    I am not sure whether there is an easy way to learn German, but you could go to Germany for a while to learn some of the language, holiday or perhaps for your studies? By the way, if you're traveling to Berlin and looking for a low-budget place to stay, try

    "http://www.meininger-hostels.de/index.php?id=30&L=3&quot;

    I used to live next door for a year. For some first impressions to get you started in German you may want to visit

    http://www.languagetrav.com/german/

    Hope this helps.
    Regards.
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  21. ^^mistkaefer^^ on November 25th, 2008 10:43 pm

    i,d help u.. im german and i guess my german is ok haha.. email me and we,ll talk about it (phone or may b meet)… even my bf could learn it, so i guess u,ll find out it,s not that difficult..
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  22. Jens on November 25th, 2008 10:53 pm

    Well, I am German and so my German must be perfect. I hope it! The best way to learn a language is to live in this country, to speak and listen to the people. If you want, you can send me a email (jens-wiese@freenet.de) and later I can phone you.

    I hope, I could help you with my answer – and I know, my English is not perfect.
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