What’s the best way of starting out to learn German?

November 23, 2008 by  

Can you guys give me some suggestions or tips on how to start learning German. Maybe some good websites that I can check out too. I’m a complete beginner to the language, so any advice is welcomed. Thanks!

Rosetta Stone is good for complete beginners. Try to find children’s books in German as well (probably on Amazon) to get the basic vocabulary down. If you can take a class, that would be the best.

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3 Responses to “What’s the best way of starting out to learn German?”

  1. Kyle on November 23rd, 2008 9:53 am

    I am currently learning German too! I would say the best way, besides moving to a country that speaks German all the time, is to use websites, podcasts, listen to music, some books. There are great podcasts on Itunes which are free to download and let you listen to the language for free. If you don’t want to, you probably wouldn’t even have to buy books because of the Internet. There are some great websites, if you go to this site:

    http://lw.lsa.umich.edu/german/hmr/links/online_lessons.html

    it has a LOT of great websites listed. I would suggest also listening to music to get a feel for pronunciation and even sometimes word order and colloquialisms, although don’t depend on that because it is only music and will be sung to sound good, even if grammar and pronunciation isn’t perfect. Well, good luck!
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  2. Quis ut Deus on November 23rd, 2008 10:33 am

    Rosetta Stone is good for complete beginners. Try to find children’s books in German as well (probably on Amazon) to get the basic vocabulary down. If you can take a class, that would be the best.
    References :

  3. annie g on November 23rd, 2008 10:54 am

    I agree with the others that children’s books are a great way to start. What helped me a lot was also renting German movies and watching them in German with English subtitles. You start to get a feeling for the sound of the language and pick up little conversational phrases as well. This is sort of passive learning, you learn while you watch. I recomend “Run Lola Run” “The Princess and the Warrior” and “The Lives of Others” Youtube is also a good source. Viel Gl├╝ck! (Good luck ;)
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