Just Started German!
Hi I just started German it is really fun to learn a new language but I was wondering if any of you fine people have any tips or pointers to help me learn and then keep the words in my head. This would help me a lot thank you everyone who will help!
My tip is: whenever you learn a noun in German, also learn its gender and its plural at the same time.
So, don't just learn Hund = dog but instead der Hund, die Hunde = the dog, the dogs.
German nouns have one of three genders, and you usually can't tell the gender of a word just by looking at it... so you have to learn it. And best to do so right from the start :)
Then you don't have to worry later on about "Why is it Ich esse einen Apfel but Ich esse eine Banane? What causes these changes? How do I know which form to use?" if you remember it as der Apfel, die Äpfel and die Banane, die Bananen because you'll know that Apfel is masculine but Banane is feminine.
I can't emphasize how important this is. I made the mistake of not doing this in the beginning and I really began to struggle when it came to grammatical concepts.
Learn the plurals, the genders, and the pronunciation. If you learn all of those, you will improve dramatically. Good luck!
Another tip is to learn the pronunciation, go slow and repeat the sound. You can also try to record yourself and compare. it takes time, but it helps to remember and your pronunciation will be better.
Wilkommen! I agree with the people who say you should learn the article along with the noun, it makes things much easier in the process! You can find helpful hints under the lesson on Duolingo, but you can also google stuff about grammar or conjugation and store them in your tablet/smartphone, or even print them out and make a nice, neat folder (if you're more into studying with paper).
Hallo :) I'm currently using this course
along with the tree. It really helps me out to remember the words from the lessons. Viel Spaß beim Lernen :)
All the other comments are awesome advice. I would just like to add one thing.
As you learn German, you will see interesting letters (they are actually letters, not just accent marks) in certain words, such as das Mädchen or die Schildkröte. Make sure that when you learn the word, learn it with the letter. Don't get careless and just write das Madchen or die Schildkrote, as these are grammatically incorrect. If you can't find these special letters, you may substitute ae for ä, oe for ö, and ue for ü.
Articles and Verbs. Always remember the gender (for the articles), and when you take notes on verbs, make sure you conjugate them, and as you keep conjugating, you'll learn how all the different "Person"s relate to the endings on the "Present"s.*
I've also found that it is helpful to upload the German "Quertz" keyboard, and I switch to that every once in a while to practice my German typing.**
*You can do this by hovering over the verb, then clicking the "conjugate" button.
**If you're on a PC, here's how: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17424/windows-change-keyboard-layout
My phone sometimes switches to that keyboard automatically. I thought I'd forgotten how to type when it first happened. Hate it.
I usually make flashcards of words or sentences that I usually get confused or can't remember it so easy,maybe that could help, good luck anyway..
In certain Duolingo languages--which includes German--there is a "Words" tab by the "Home", "Activity", and "Discussion" tabs, where you can view the words you've learned and how strong you are with them. There's also a Flashcards button, virtual flashcards of words and phrases.
For other languages that don't have the Words tab, you can make your own, like you did.
I know but I more like my flashcards :D I already speak fluently German and English, but I make flashcards for Russian, and other languages.
There is nothing wrong with memorizing genders of nouns, but the acquisition of the meaning behind articles takes place much later in the process. So, I suggest you learn thematically. Learn to give short but complete answers to typical questions about the topic. For example if someone asks you Wer bist du? Could you give a five sentence response. If you list 10 nouns with genders, it will not be communication and the native speaker or other learner will be bored. Watch: wer bist du? Ich bin Joe. Ich wohne in Chicago. Ich bin 15 Jahre alt. Ich spiele gern Tennis. Und du, wer bist denn du?
Five sentences and no concern about gender...at least with this simple topic. Learn thematically. It is so much easier to master all the required grammar in context and you will recall it long after a memorized list of random words are forgotten.
New topic - wie kommt ihr zur Schule. Ich komme mit dem Bus. Joe kommt mit dem Moped. Eric kommt zu Fuß. Mike kommt auch zu Fuß. Und der Lehrer, Herr Mühlberghuber, kommt mit dem Auto. Wie kommst du zur Schule?
Hmmm...when stating transportation, it seems mit plus dem happens a lot. and zu Fuß is unique...done! Even by bike...mit dem Rad! Recall based on topics is clearly much easier for the human brain!
You will know patterns before realizing there are cases and genders. Then when someone asks you..what is das in dative, remember a theme and there is your answer! It will be easier!
practice is the best possible way to learn. I always so lessons over and over again until I am confident that I get it and then I "strengthen" my skills. sometimes, its best to take your time, as much time as you need in fact. besides, learning a language is not about how fast you learn it, but how WELL you learn it!
I would recommend learning the pronunciations as well as possible, at least by ear if not by mouth. German is a phonetic language, so words (the majority of the time) are spelled exactly as they sound.
Learn the purals, genders and pronounsiation then you will improve massively and it will help you on you learning journey
Danke, ihr alle! Ich lerne jetzt viel besser mit deinen Jungs Tipps auf Deutsch. Ich weiß nicht, wie diese Worte in der tatsächlichen Deutsch sagen, aber ich werde bald, ich dachte, es wäre cool, um die Post auf Deutsch zu tun. Nochmals vielen Dank nochmal!