Thanks! And looking for advice.
I've been doing the German course for about a month and have been enjoying it thoroughly. I wanted to thank everyone who has contributed to this wonderful free resource.
I'm also looking for some constructive criticism on my plan for learning German. I'm doing this course side by side with Memrise's A1 German
Duo is helping me learn the mechanics of German and the Memrise course is giving me real audio and useful phrases. I also have an old copy of Pimsleur German and I'm slowly working through the whole course (it will probably take me a year or two). I also have a German grammar book that I like to thumb through when I get curious.
The overlap between the three courses is really helping with reinforcement and I feel more comfortable with German than I did with any other language after a month. Can you suggest anything that I should be doing that I missed?
Try to find a language partner to practice German or at least check this type of videos to get familiar with the sound of the language and real conversations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NXDM9XXhQ4&list=PL3936178A38BB5F87&index=134
As you advance you may want to try Deutsch Warum Nicht in DW
Thank you. Yes, the real news is too complex. My vocabulary is about 100 words right now, so I'm getting basically nothing from real German sources. Hopefully it will change in a month or two.
Oh, I see... well, in a few months down the line, when you're somewhere between A2/on the verge of B1, this one should come in handy. Everyone wants to be able talk about current affairs, don't they?
Anyway, here's a simple vocab game if you want to expand on those 100 words:
Thank you. I plan on doing a 5000 word course on Memrise when I finish the ones I'm on now. I may use Babadum too.
This YouTube channel could be very useful - it tackles tricky bits (vocab/grammar) in three-minute sessions:
And this one:
Writing, perhaps? You can start a blog journaling your progress from beginner to an intermediate/advanced learner. You'd be writing mostly in German, of course (or trying anyway).
I don't think I'll be doing much writing, at least not yet. I know others will disagree with me, but I don't see a point in writing when I know so little about the mechanics of the language. I don't want to reinforce any mistakes. I'm also sure it will prevent me from internalizing proper German word order.
That's fine if you do not wish to write entire sentences/paragraphs. But writing down the new words (and their meanings) that you learn will in itself reinforce them and perhaps help you remember and recollect them better. Just a thought anyway. :)
I'm sorry, I misunderstood you. I'm doing a bit of what you mentioned, though in a notebook. I share it with a fellow language lover from time to time.
Do a search for German songs on youtube with both German and English lyrics displayed during the performance.
Write down the German lyrics on one side and the English on the other, a couple of lines at a time.
Visualize the words of each line as an action story....Someone/something does/happens to/with/for/by someone/something else.
Once you have a couple lines memorized, listen to the song with the intention of visualizing the story you have developed.. Don't look at the English translation. You already have what the English words tell you contained in your story line. Connect the German words being sung to the story. You don't need a bunch of English words to conjure up the images. You already have the images. Repeat until you can listen to the song in its entirety.
At first the process seems a little hard But once you get to where you are listening to songs and visualizing what they say without having to translate, your whole understanding of your relationship to German will change.
You will want to make sure that your choice has simple lyrics, the words are sung with clarity and hopefully the music is relatively pleasant to listen to. Because you are at a beginning level it will pretty hard but it will make you want to increase your vocabulary so you can employ a wider range of songs.
Finally, of course, start singing the song. Any words that you run across at other times, that you sing on a fairly regular basis, wont need a moment's thought as to their likely meaning.