https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

Started my own Memrise course :-)

Hallo liebe Leute!

Because I was frustrated with not being able to find the perfect vocabulary list on Memrise (though there are certainly some good ones), I decided to make my own. Now I want to share it with all you amazing Duolingo peeps. So, here goes:

http://www.memrise.com/course/896896/most-essential-german-goethe-institut-wortliste/

Disclaimer: I am at B2 level in my studies and have lived in Germany for over a year, so the pronunciations of my words should be quite accurate (and I check them from time to time with my German partner in case I am unsure).

I made sure to include a sound file each single word and took care to note when a word is a synonym for a different word already covered (something many lists fail to do). I am using a list from Goethe Institute which is comprised of the most essential words in the German language.

Please join and learn with me if you feel so inclined. I am very open for suggestions and improvements to the course as I go along. I am currently at over 500 words. I decided to work alphabetically because it would just be too chaotic to pick and choose words at random.

Vielen Dank!

-Lance

December 14, 2015

26 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CutiePie889

Sire, this is very helpful. I have learned German for two years and have not seen the like! I am very, very, very pleased, sire, with your hard work! Thank you very much, sire! Thank you! I do not jest with matters such as these. I am not saying so because I would like to flatter you or some other no-good reason. This is of great significance and value, and I thank you much for it!

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

Bitte schön! Es freut mich zu hören. Much luck with your continued studies!

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CutiePie889

Danke schön, sire! I shall use your new Memrise course and report to you and how much I like it very soon!

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/manouchehri

Danke schon :D

December 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

Bitteschön! ;-)

December 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lorel90

Danke for the resource I will try it. I also would like to ask you about the B2 level. Can you understand well at this level, can you write and read. I am planning to go to Germany in spring or summer to learn more German, someone told me that perhaps the classes are now full due to the refugees. Thanks

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

Happy to help!

I wouldn't use the word "well" to describe my understanding. "Fair" would be a better word. If someone speaks German slowly and clearly (without slang or regional dialect), I understand roughly 70-80%. If someone speaks quickly but clearly, I get roughly 60%. And with regional accents I am often completely lost. But luckily, most people born in German-speaking countries have learned Hoch Deutsch in school and can turn off their dialect for you a little bit :-)

My writing in German is fair. My spelling is quite good, but I suffer when it comes to word order sometimes, and also with the declination of the articles, adjectives, and pronouns. And don't even get me started on prepositions. I think these are my worst enemy at the moment. For example: Hast du Lust auf ein Bier? (Have you desire ON a beer?) Es riecht nach Erdbeeren (It smells AFTER strawberries). Things that seem completely illogical to an English speaker are perfectly natural in German.

I would doubt that classes are full because of refugees. Refugees are often given free courses through special learning centres funded by the state. Privately run business who teach German are very likely to have lots of openings as long as you sign up a month or so in advance. I suppose it also largely depends where you will be located in Germany as well.

Good luck with your travels and your learning!!!

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lorel90

Danke

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

Bitte!

December 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/drtiny
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"It smells AFTER strawberries"

You do this as well, think of naming someone after someone else, not that different if you think about it... still quite strange for an italian like me :D

December 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/buck72

Thanks for making the course, I plan to check it out. I'm glad you've shared some of your specific difficulties in learning German. I can't tell you how much time I've devoted to prepositions as well as declination of the articles, adjectives, and pronouns. It is so difficult to get a handle on it all. Again, thanks for the course. Here's a Lingot.

December 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

Learning German has been an enlightening experience for me. I perhaps do not have the sharpest memory, so I feel I am constantly losing information as I take in new stuff. However, at this point I am just bulldozing through and giving it my all. I make tons of mistakes in conversation still but have gotten over my shyness. People seem so pleased just that I am trying. Prepositions are slowly starting to come more naturally to me. Perseverance is key, no? :-) Thanks for your nice comment and the Lingot!

December 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SIDDHESH.SULE

Danke dir! Es ist sehr einfach und nützlich! Keep up the good work!

December 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

Es freut mich sehr zu hören! Und danke dir!

December 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adam9812

Thank you for this! I took the "Top 5000 words" already and feel I did not learn enough words due to the fact duolingo covered most. On the other hand yours contains many new words I have not seen!

December 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

Yeah, it's funny... I have learned a couple thousand words from Duolingo and Memrise but there always seem to be really important words which I have no idea about and it makes me feel flustered in conversation. That was the reason I made this, so I am happy you find it useful too!

December 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mawaffles

Thank you for taking the time to make this course, I will definitely give it a try! :)

December 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

Thanks for trying! I hope you enjoy it and get a lot out of it!

December 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beneficium

Thank you for taking your time, I will also join the course. Looking forward to the list's completion. :)

December 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

Sure! It has been some effort, but already has rewarded me. And it is much more fun to learn with new friends rather than alone... so thanks for joining!

December 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NtateNarin

Thank you Lance for taking the time to make a course yourself! I'm still a beginner, but I saved your course on my Memrise page so I can try it out at a later date. Have a lingot! :-)

December 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

Danke dir! Ich freue mich auf wann du den Kurs anfangen kann! (I look forward to when you can join the course!). Best wishes and lots of fun with your learning :-)

December 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nazanin.tasavor

danke vielen danke

December 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bastianbalthazar

Bitteschön!

December 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pdquinn1

I'm on board. I'm always looking for additional ways to learn the language. I appreciate your efforts.

December 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/drtiny
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Thank you very much, your contributions are always very helpful :)

December 18, 2015
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