I just started german and was wanting to know if anyone had any suggestions for starters?
thank you all!^w^ ps: if i was going to start another language what shoud it be?
I learn germany too for 3 years. That is really hard because my country is very far away from germany and the structure is very different compare with my mother language. But I was really happy because I got scholarship from goethe institut and I stayed in Germany for 3 weeks last August to learn Deutsch! It was really fun and I want to go there again. For me, learning language likes give you another live, beside you learn language , you also learn the culture! and that is really interesting because germany's culture very different and sometimes funny for me. that's for motivator and My suggest: you should learn one language till you become an expert or almost an expert! then learn another! I usually learn from video in youtube and goethe uploud some videos for learning. watch : Jojo sucht das gluck, or Erste Wege in Deutschland! I love both. After learn german, try to learn Dutch! because both is similar but dont be confusing! good luck!
My single best piece of advice to you is to read the discussion threads. When I first started it took me about a month to fully realize just how valuable they are. Not every post in every thread will be valuable to you, but many will be and you will be introduced to resources you likely would never encounter otherwise.
Thanks for the lingot and welcome to the duolingo community! I hope it serves you well and one day, before you know it, you'll be offering your help and expertise to the next wave of users. In the meantime, I hope you have lots of fun while learning a new language. It can be challenging, but you just never know how useful it might be to you one day.
You don't need to rush. Don't focus on doing big steps, focus on doing each day small steps so you have time to learn them. Don't focus on strengthening your previous skill, but do it if you feel that you can't move on. You WILL forget words, but doing so, the second, third, fourth time you got to see the answer, you will eventually learn it.
I would suggest you to learn greek. It's my native language. The reasons: 1. You will learn a new beautiful alphabet but it will not be so weird for you like Hebrew, Persian/Arabic etc 2. You'll get to know how many words you already known comes from greek and what are their actually meaning. Especially if you are a scientist. 3. The vocals (and all the letters) have only ONE sound like German language and simple rules are applied [bloody english]. You will never have hard time to read and pronounciate (see i forgot how its written correctly-pronnounce?) 4. BUT like german it has three gendres (der, die, das), english has none, greek has also three. Memorizing will be difficult. 5. Some words exists only in Greek 6. It has consistency. Constistency=συνοχή->συν+έχω, προσ-οχή (attention), αν-οχή (tolerance), εν-οχή (guilt), επ-οχή (season), απ-οχή (abstention). If you noticed some consistency can be found on english words like at-tension, abs-tension. Window (παράθυρο->παρά θύρα (beside door), paranormal (beside normal). I speak 4 languages (danish and persian the other two) and none has this beauty. You won't understand it until you get in to it.
Good luck with your choice. I hope you make a good progress on your german.
I've been trying to decide between spanish, french, or some other language after I improve my german, but greek also sounds like a good choice. I took a spanish class once, and the teacher said that greek was his favorite language, and I have an uncle who learned greek as his third language. I'm going to seriously consider greek.
Well learning a language has some pros: 1. if you want to work in that specific country 2. if you want to learn a language with millions of speakers and have highly chances to use it oneday (for example arabic, chinese etc) 3. or if you doing it for fun and focusing on something greater on your language course instead of just memorizing words and rules.
I learn danish for the #1 reason (I was also born there). I suggest you to learn greek only for the #3 reason more examples συμφωνώ(v)-συν+φωνώ(v)-συν means plus and φωνή(o) means voice. He who has the same opinion ("voice") with you. OR just AGREE συμπάσχω(v)-συν+πάσχω- πάσχω means suffer - he who suffer with you OR just commiserate σύνοψη(a)-όψη means view- so when you add views together you have a SUMMARY (sum) πορεύομαι means march, συμπορεύομαι go together, προπορεύομαι precede
πρόγραμμα (has been written before (pro,pre), γράμμα is the letter (both those on alphabet and the letter we sent), γράφω (write), and what we write below something? our signature - υπογραφή [υπό means below]. What is written ON something, for example grave? επιγραφή (inscription). When you write something from somewhere else? αντιγραφή (copy), if you write about something περιγραφή (description), απογραφή (census), υστερόγραφο postscript
well i think i overdid it.
If you were to start another language I would suggest Irish or Russian. Advice: if you take many languages or consider taking many languages be sure you are up to the responsibility of keeping those skills up or you will just stress yourself out.
I just started, and I am going great. Just do it every day to make it stay in your mind! Gross Gluck! :D
Another advice then: don't give away your lingots that easily (you will need 90 of them to complete the tree to the full). But you're a sweetheart. Good luck, persevere when it gets hard, and remember that the goal is achievable [Exhibit A myself].
Italian would be easier, but you might mix it up with your Spanish.
If you just started - don't be lazy, go and register on memrise and find a corresponding duolingo course there. I'm on duolingo for 4 months and feel kinda sorry that I didn't start memrise at that same moment.
These two things, I mean Doulingo and Memrise perfectly complement each other.
Here's the link, they have a nice smartphone app too.