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

How to practice your German effectively

Duolingo is a great tool to learn a language quickly, but it can still be hard for beginners like myself who may not have anyway to practice their new German skills anywhere else, this could then cause a drop in momentum and effectively kill off the interest in learning German or any language for that matter.

There are several ways to stop this.

One of which, and probably the best option, is the app "HelloTalk" its completely free and allows the user to talk with native speakers of most languages. This can be a great help as now you can text, and send voices messages too people who are native speakers of German (Not just German either, there are a ton of other languages) and would love to help you with grammar and pronunciation.

the other option is the Goethe-Institut. more specifically Deutsch für dich: https://www.goethe.de/prj/dfd/en/home.cfm

Deutsch für dich has a collection of lessons to test your skills at German Grammar wise. Its not for everyone and requires the knowledge of some basic German skills. Over all its a good site and should offer lots of help.

Other places to improve your German:

Deutsche Welle "learn German" at http://www.dw.com/en/learn-german/s-2469

The podcast "Slow German": https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/slow-german-lerne-deutsch!/id349536681?mt=8

The youtube channel "Deutsch für euch":https://www.youtube.com/user/DeutschFuerEuch

March 5, 2016

18 Comments


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

Important note: It's "für", there is no "fur" in German but it definitely would be pronounced differently. If you can't type the ü, type ue instead. Just using u is not correct and awfully confusing ;)

March 5, 2016

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

Yea, I cant type the u :/ Thanks!

March 5, 2016

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

If you have a mac, you can press option+u and the umlaut will show like this ¨, then you type the letter you want.

z.B. Ö=option+u, O

Hope this helps! (If you're using windows, or linux, you could probably also find tutorials online, or you could switch to a german keyboard layout, and use stickers!)

March 5, 2016

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

The latest Mac OS has a feature similar to a smartphone. On a desktop press and hold down the letter you want and a menu will appear. Select the number of the mark you want. On a phone or iPad press the letter and when the menu appears swipe.

March 5, 2016

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

I find the shortcut one easier, but it's really personal choice. I know a lot of people who'd prefer the "holding down" method.

March 5, 2016

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

If you have trouble with typing the umlauts and ß on your English keyboard you can do so using "alt codes". Simply hold down the "alt" key and, using the number pad on the right side of the keyboard, enter the appropriate number. (Alt + 0223 = ß) (alt + 0196 = Ä) (alt + 0228 =ä) (alt + 0214 = Ö) (alt + 0246 = ö) (alt + 0220 = Ü) (alt + 0252 = ü)

March 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/geop7

Try dowloading the United States International Keyboard. Then, for example, to produce a ü you type "(nothing happens) and then u-->ü. The ß is produced with Alt s.

March 5, 2016

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

You can use the "alt" or "opt" key with "u" to produce an umlaut for für or any other letter. However, it does not seem to work when using a tablet.

March 5, 2016

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

Thanks! I also like to practice by talking to actual people in Germany, using brieffreunde.de. It's a penpal site :)

March 6, 2016

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

I found your "HelloTalk" suggestion very interesting as it was close to what I had been searching for.

Unfortunately I had to delete it almost immediately after download.

It has zero regards for privacy, broadcasting age, sex, location and gender to all its users. I know certain settings help limit the audience for your private data, but why display them at all (Especially to people one has absolutely no connection to). The focus should be on language learning just like Duo.

Obviously some people don't mind this little snag, but there might be some who have similar concerns and would appreciate the review.

Finally, thanks for your goethe link, it was quite useful. Here, have a lingot for your help

March 7, 2016

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

Thanks for this and I will certainly try your suggestion. Here are a few more:

Deutsche Welle "learn German" at http://www.dw.com/en/learn-german/s-2469

The podcast "Slow German" (available on iTunes also on the web, I don't have a handy link but I'm sure it's easy to find)

The youtube channel "Deutsch für euch"

March 6, 2016

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

I will be adding these to the list, thanks for the suggestions!

March 7, 2016

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

I followed the link and got ads for the Goethe Institut selling programmed learning in courses in Germany. But nothing online which is what I wanted.

March 7, 2016

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

Thank you for letting me know, I have fixed the link and it should redirect you to the proper page now.

March 7, 2016

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

It does. Thanks

March 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mandy513522

Thanks for the great tips! I'm just starting with German and was looking for other sites I could use in conjunction with Duolingo.

March 6, 2016

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

Danke!

March 7, 2016

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

Updated list with three new links, fixed Deutsch für dich link.

March 7, 2016
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