https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elena531360

I just started learning German and I need assistance

Hello everyone! I'm Elena and I've just started learning German. I would like to find new friends in order to get some information and to share experience regarding learning the language. Thank you in advance!

July 19, 2016

31 Comments


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

I have been learning German for 9 months or so. My advice, based on what I have found most useful so far:

  1. Get a good textbook and work your way through it, start to finish. If you have too many books, it's too easy to just occasionally dip into them, until you are spoilt for choice and end up not reading any of them. I would say it's better to get one and stick with it.

  2. Get a teacher. I do it by skype, and the best place I have found is italki.com. You can also find language partners on there, but if you can afford it, it's better to just pay a real teacher. There are so many grammar rules in German that it's almost impossible to say a correct sentence at first. So the best thing to do is practice talking, and have a native German speaker correct your mistakes.

  3. Download Pimsleur, Michel Thomas, Learn In Your Car German, and DW Audiotrainer, and whatever else you find, put them in your phone and listen (and say the phrases out loud) whenever you can. Of course you should pay for the licensed official versions of these and not download them for free, which would be illegal of course. DW is free anyway.

  4. Watch Lindenstraße. I've watched films, TV shows, and listened to German radio, podcasts, etc., but the best I have found so far is the German soap opera Lindenstraße. The stories are simple enough that you can follow them without understanding every word. And they use simple, every day language, (unlike e.g. the news). I have learnt so much from watching this show, making notes, and then talking about the show with my skype teachers. They also have very helpful episode guides (under "Folgen“) where they explain basically everything that happens. It is quite entertaining, and all available for free on http://www1.wdr.de/daserste/lindenstrasse/index.html

  5. Remember the four pillars of language learning: Read, write, speak, listen. I don't know the ideal ratio between these, or if there is one, but if you notice that you concentrate on one of these pillars much less or much more than the others (for example if you spend most of your time just reading), consider whether you should spend more time on another one of the pillars, and keep it in some sort of balance.

  6. Don't spend too much time on Duolingo. It is OK at what it does, but it does not do everything, and you cannot achieve fluency with Duolingo alone.
July 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elena531360

Thank you so much for provided information! It is really informative and useful.

July 19, 2016

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

Do you have a recommendation for a textbook?

July 20, 2016

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

I bought this textbook recently https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/159869989X/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I am not too far into it as I too am new to learning, but it starts with a preface as to why German is a great language for native English speakers to learn, connecting their history, and has parts of each section for workbook activities. I do wish there were more workbook activities, places to actually write out the lesson you've learned. I am considering buying a supplemental workbook in addition to this one.

July 21, 2016

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

"A Grammatik" from Schubert. I think you can get it as PDF. And when you finish it, "B Grammatik" and then "C Grammatik".

July 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NgocHa2003

TO DUOLINGO

July 19, 2016

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

how did you insert that image?

July 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NgocHa2003

you follow the formula :

July 19, 2016

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

sorry what do you mean?

July 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NgocHa2003

I answered you on your wall

July 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elena531360

Thank you!!!

July 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jake.Wrightson

Hi Elena,

I started learning German when I was at school - from the age of 11 - completing my GCSE and A level qualifications in the language a few years ago (these are the British standard qualifications).

German is considerably harder than French or Spanish - the only other (European) languages with which I've had experience learning - in terms of grammatical structure. I think some examples of this I can use for someone's who's just started learning German is that it has three genders (Die, Das and Der) and there are a lot more verb endings than in French or Spanish.

However, like with most languages, the hardest part is the first few weeks when you're trying to learn the basics. Once you have gotten your head around the verb endings and the sentence structures the only thing left to do is regurgitate and practice. The one good thing about German as an English speaker is that it comes from the same language family so pronunciation is never really an issue.

Best of luck!

July 19, 2016

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

the pronunciation of "durch" is an issue... and "ausgezeichnet" took a lot of practice.

July 19, 2016

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

Why the downvotes? I was making the point that I don't agree with the statement "pronunciation is never really an issue" for English speakers learning German. Differentiating between the letters e and ä is also pretty hard.

July 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elena531360

Thank you for such a warm welcome!

July 19, 2016

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

Hello, Elena and welcome to Duolingo. I studied German in high school and college, and have lived in Germany. Nothing is difficult that you really have a burning desire to accomplish. I speak German fairly well but need to always improve it. Feel free to post on my stream if I can be of help. All the best!

July 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elena531360

Thank you! I just need some days to learn more and probably I might have some questions.

July 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PaulJD1

Hi, Elena! I've been studying German off and on for a while, and I've learned a few things that might be helpful. Aside from what solopipe said, here are a few things you should know:

A. The grammar is difficult. I recommend focusing on one topic at a time until you think you've got the hang of it. There is a really awesome website that you can use for help:

http://www.nthuleen.com/teach/grammar.html

It looks a little overwhelming, but if you hit ctrl + f and search for the topic in question, the author of the website explains everything very clearly and really well. The ones that begin with "handout" are completely in english (besides the examples, of course).

B. Here is a page that will help with guessing the genders of words:

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/identifying-a-german-words-gender.html

Scroll down to the second table titled "Common Genders by Noun Ending (Or Beginning)". Getting to know that table will help a lot.

When you start to get more advanced in your studies (working with word order, for example), you can message me because I have more tips and useful pages I've found that I can share with you. Have fun! :)

July 20, 2016

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

I also start to learn it's hard language but practicing everyday is the key

July 19, 2016

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

Hallo! Learning German here too. I am also fairly new and am looking to make some new friends. All the best!

July 19, 2016

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

me too

July 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kouri12

hallo

July 19, 2016

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

Haloo! I learned German at school when I was sixteen,but I don't like it and I forget it.Now I want with Duolingo repeate it.I I'm also new here. I wish you all best.

July 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ahmedel-sedawy07

hallo ich bin ahmed ich komme aus agypten Ich Hsaadk Sie Deutsch lernen Ich Aadhan Deutsch in Dulinjo wie Sie lernen, und ich Aadhan in Stufe V

July 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wael2018

Thank you , Elena for the post . Thank you solopipe for grateful information.

July 20, 2016

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

Hallo. I am learning German. I think I have a big problem with pronunciation.

July 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Robin11034

Here is a tip I was given when I was given for pronouncing the umlaut vowels when I was learning German many years ago. This tip will work well for English speakers or those who know and speak English well.

To say A umlaut - put your mouth in the position you would normally put it in to say the English letter A. Then instead of saying A ... say the English letter E.

To say O umlaut - put your mouth in the position you would normally put it in to say the English letter O ... but again say the English letter E.

To say U umlaut - put your mouth in the position you would normally put it in to say the English letter U ... but again say the English letter E.

When I lived in Germany, a native German speaker told me that I pronounced the umlaut vowels as well as a native German. I was using that tip. Try it, it may work for you.

July 20, 2016

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

Dear Robin, thank you so much for your helpful tips. I will try. Could you recommend a book or youtube channel that help us improve German pronunciation? I think Duolingo can not help me more in pronunciation.

July 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Robin11034

Hi SwanPham! Someone on Duo posted a link to two youtube videos. Both were good, but I personally felt this one slightly better. She wasn't as animated and for this over 50 gal, it suited me. I listened to a few lessons and found them clear. I just listened to her pronunciation video (here is a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DnNVi1qCyQ) and she gives some very good examples of how to say sounds in German. Plus she is just adorable. I subscribed to her channel.

Hope it helps you on your journey!

July 21, 2016

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

Thanks so much for you kind, dear. I checked the link, it's really helpful. I am trying to learn German before starting a Master journey in Germany, I think learning their language make me can socialise and understand more about culture... Duo is awesome to connect me with you. Hope you do well too!

July 22, 2016

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

Hi Elena, I've just started learning German too, you can add me as a friend if you want :)

July 20, 2016
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