How to Practice German?
I've been doing the German tree for about about month now. Duolingo is awesome to teach you the basics, but I feel as if I need some outside practice to actually start understanding the language in a deeper level. Any ideas on where to find easy texts to read, websites, or anything else that could be good practice? I don't want to spend money, so anyhting on the internet would be great :D
These vid lessons are good: https://www.youtube.com/user/DeutschFuerEuch
As are these free podcasts: https://radiolingua.com/tag/cbg-season-1/
Here's a site for picking up German news/current affairs vocab: http://www.nachrichtenleicht.de (it's in simplified German for learners, updated weekly)
I got a book from my library system called German Grammar Drills by Ed Swick. I quit German a long time ago because all teh declensions made my head hurt, but this book is really going to drill them into my brain, methinks. I went through 7 units, & I just started at 1 again. And I did better this time. Also, do you know about lingro.com? Check it out.
I'm in the same boat. Apparently there's a website called Memrise that's good for practice and moving towards fluency. I was recommended it a few minutes ago
I recommend you get a grammar book or read grammar online, about.com has good information. Also wait a little more and you may consider to start German interactive in dw http://www.dw.com/en/learn-german/deutsch-interaktiv/s-9572 (free and easy online). You may also later on start memrise official German A1.
Try to listen to the language to get a feeling for it. I like to listen to songs with lyrics. This one is easy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMCeBIDHHhU I like to watch football in German and I find that they speak slowly, find something you like and try to watch it. It takes time, DL helps a lot, but try to understand the grammar and practice pronunciation.
Try labelling some things around your house - and try and make yourself remember when you are doing normal activities. Ich trinke Tee when you make a cup of tea or whatever :)