Tips to Learn German Language Fast – series 1/6

August 10, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Learn German Language . org 6 important Tips on How to Learn the German Language Fast

Seeing the increasing amount of interest to learn German, we have felt the urge providing you with some tips on how to proceed . Many are planning  holiday to Germany or Austria added to the benefits of mastering a second language. That all aside we would all like to learn a language as fast as possible.

1. Do not procrastinate. Once you set a time-plan and resources, stick to it for at least a month. Then evaluate your progress and make modifications on your following month if needed. maybe within that month you have learned what you intended to.

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Is German a relatively straightforward language to learn?

October 26, 2008 by · 21 Comments 

Hi, I would like to learn German but didn't have much luck with languages at school. It sounds to me like English and German are very similar in some aspects and a lot of the worlds I hear on the TV sound virtually identical. Is this the case?

Thanks!

I think if I can do it any one can. I think I was lucky as I lived in germany for 5 years whilst with the Military in Paderborn and Sennelager. My children were quite small then so I got to meet other childrens mothers who were German and they offered to help me learn, It was great! one day we went to my house and spoke nothing but English to teach them, and the next day we would go to a German friends house and speak nothing but german so I learnt quite quickly as I wanted to know what they were saying (in case they were making a fool of me) We could also ask if we didnt know the word.
You will find if you are Scottish it is maybe easier to learn, as a lot of the word sound similiar, (like Gaelic).
Go to a library and get a talking learning disc, and this will help you. also a vorterbook ..german for dictionary/german English you can pick one up very cheap in any shop that sell books.
Can you not get on a course if you are the lad that is in the forces?

What is the best way to learn German?

September 4, 2008 by · 6 Comments 

I very much want to learn the German language, but I can't find one good method to do so.

Non-native German speakers- and anyone who has learned a foreign language- how did you learn? Please give me any tips you can.

I've been learning German on my own for a 2 years now, and actually have had reasonable success. I wouldn't consider myself fluent or anything, but i could probably get by with my German abilities (but im not positive i haven't spoken to anyone in German in a while).
Rosetta Stone honestly was a complete waste of money. You really won't learn much for the value of it, however if you can afford it it will get you over the basic basic german. Rosetta stone won't teach you any of German's complicated grammar either. I'm really not a big fan of grammar, i think its more important to learn vocabulary in order to be able to communicate first, and learn the grammar that is affecting your ability to be able to communicate, write, and read succesfully. However, Rosetta Stone does not explain any of the grammar and expects you to learn it all basically through osmosis.
Also Barron's Learn German the fast and fun way, is decent for starting out, but its going to start you out with immersing you in it and it will be more brute memorization then rosetta stone if you really want to learn the vocabulary. The good part about Barron's book is that it will teach you some important grammar, but not an overwhelming frustrating amount that's gonna make you wan tto quit learning.
Once you know a bit of German, I've found, for me atleast, the Lustige dialoge (funny dialogues) book to be extremely good. It gives you a bunch of short stories, that have a twist at the end that's "funny" their generally so stupid its kinda humorous, but these storeis are much more interesting then traditional texts in German where they're going to go over culture and random boring stuff that just makes you want to quit learning. After the Dialogue, there are a few questions adn then it gives you some grammar exercises if you want to do them. The book doesn't teach you any of the grammar for the exercises but i've found http://www.ielanguages.com/German.html to be a really good website for any grammar. After your done, or while your going through the passage and questions, i personally underline any of the words that i dont know and make vocab cards out of the words that i don't know and then study those. The only down side to the book is that it doesn't have an answer key, but the book is such a good tool for learning German that i'd use it anyways. Plus there are two sequals to it, Geschichten Mit Humor (Stories with humar) and Spannende Geschichten (Exciting stories) Descritions of the books are on http://www.glencoe.com/sec/catalog/cgi-bin/secDisplay.cgi?function=display&area=fl&category=productinfo&nameid=810, and you can order them on amazon, or you can order them through borders and request to see the book first before you purchase it.
Two most important things with learning German
1. Try to study every day, ATLEAST every other day. Yes there's going to be occataionally days where you can't study because your too busy to study, but make sure you study atleast the next day if you have too. If you don't you will get out of the habit of learning German and will likely end up qutting.
2. Mix it up occationally. Sometimes a too formated routine for learning a language gets boring. Listen to songs in German (even if you don't really understand the words to it) Ohne Dich (without you) is a very basic song in German that would be a good one to start out with though. But there are many other ways you can mix it up such as: read newspaper articles in german and try to get a general gist of what they're saying even if that means using the dictionary a bit but try not to look up word for word (that drives me crazy atleast), use podcast on itunes, there's a ton of podcast for people from uber beginners in German to Advance, to podcast meant for people who speak fluent German, go to the library and see if there are any little kids/simple books in german, rent/buy a movie in german and try to get some meaning out of it, and even if you don't understand much of it you start to pick up how the words are seperated and slurred together after listening to it for a while, Speak/email other people you know who speak German, find a pen pal for German, and find ways that you find are fun ways to learn German, I'm positive those aren't the only ways.

Don't follow what i said exactly, tweak it up for what works for you, only take what you find useful, whatever works, we all learn in different ways. That's just the way i've found i've been able to learn German with
Hope that helps :D

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