So I've been using Doulingo to learn German, but I still have a long ways to go. I've heard listening to music in another language can help. If any of you guys know of some good German songs/artists I'd love to check them out! Thanks!!
P.S. If you guys have any other tips for learning German that I can do let me know :)
99 Luftballons is still to this day my favourite German song ^.^
Checkout Lingvist if you want to drill vocab, there's a website and also mobile apps. German is in beta though, so there can be spelling errors and such but I really enjoy the app.
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For any other tips and what not which are not music suggestions, if you are not already, using Italki and Memrise can really help. Italki for getting in contact with native speakers and Memrise for learning more words (there is a really good 5000 German word course there). Also, two hidden gems I've found are Der Die Das which is a mobile phone game, where you are given a German word and it's translation to English and have to decide whether it is male, female or neuter. When you get one right you get a point, and you lose your streak when you get one wrong (it also shows you what the correct gender is, in case of you getting it wrong) and besides that, there is also German Listening (by Luglasoft, on the play store, don't know if it also is present on the app store), it is an audio library filled with 3 m. long articles, which have both a text and a recorded reading. Mainly focuses on present events and what not, and it also has a feature where you can click on the words and see their translation. All in all these are the ones I use.
Here are a few old-school suggestions for you...
The reason I originally started learning German (circa 1988) was the music of Einstürzende Neubauten. (https://neubauten.org/) I still recommend them highly: earlier albums are noisier and more experimental, newer albums are quieter and comparatively conventional, but all are good. Kraftwerk (http://www.kraftwerk.com/) is another longtime favorite. I especially recommend Electric Café (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_Caf%C3%A9). (The vocals on this version are in German—make sure you get that and not the English equivalent.)
On the punk and new wave side, I also enjoy Die Ärzte (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_%C3%84rzte) (especially the song "Blumen") and Nena (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nena). And, on the pop/rock side, I recommend Herbert Grönemeyer's (especially 4630 Bochum (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4630_Bochum) (among others).
I also like Falco (especially Einzelhaft https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einzelhaft), but not because his lyrics are easy to follow!
A newer band I enjoy (though their music is hard to find) is Baby Benzin. E.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mondkw1xkkM.
Here's another oldie but goodie: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Never_Mind_the_Hosen,_Here%27s_Die_Roten_Rosen
It's a lot of fun, because some of these are American songs covered in German, or a mix of German and English (Deutschlish?).
I don't really have any song suggestions, but I have also heard that listening to music in another language might help you learn it. For example, for me listening to Kyray Pamyu Pamyu has sort of helped because now I know all of the words. I have also heard that going to sleep and listening to people speak the languages you're trying to learn might help too, it sort of worked for me... but I wouldn't recommend doing that. Well, I just made this comment to agree with you. Sorry I don't have any ideas of German artists for you : (
I listen to quite a bit of German stuff on youtube. If you're after something on the heavy side Knorkator is pretty good. Rammstein is a given. For more folky stuff Faun is a good band. Santiano...if you like sea-shanty sounding music. Darkwood...which judging from the comment section is possibly some kind of white supremacy music but good for hearing German none the less. Forseti, Jännerwein, Leger Des Heils, Dies Natalis, Sturmpercht, Werra, all kind of folky stuff with clear lyrics. Hans Söllner is a singer songwriter type that plays mostly reggae music. Marlene Deitrich has a lot of German songs if you want something old. And Rummelsnuff...which is kinda wierd electronica type music sung by a big bodybuilder meathead looking dude with a really deep voice. A bit odd but it grew on me.
Darkwood...which judging from the comment section is possibly some kind of white supremacy music
I'm not really a fan of Faun-type music (doesn't mean I can't appreciate it on occasion, though), but out of curiosity, I listened to one of their albums, Notwendfeuer, and while it is nationalistic, only vaguely and symbolically so. For example, the Verlorenes Heer that was referred to in the song of the same name is probably the Wehrmacht. Ostenfeld could also be poetically alluding to Germany's eastern front. However, I found two lines from the song Totenburg...
- Wir streben an mit festem Schritt.
- Wir führen dich im Geiste mit.
...to be very reminiscent of the first verse of the Horst-Wessel-Lied, which was the anthem of the NSDAP (Nazi Party):
- Die Fahne hoch! Die Reihen fest geschlossen!
- SA marschiert mit ruhig festem Schritt.
- Kam'raden, die Rotfront und Reaktion erschossen,
- Marschier'n im Geist in unser'n Reihen mit.
I don't think that's a coincidence. Nevertheless, I wouldn't condemn anyone for being into their music. It's pretty typical pagan folk/neofolk and there's nothing fundamentally wrong with the lyrics - it's certainly better than "Europa erwache! Arische Rasse!". The comments don't surprise me though. Anyway, while they words are very audibly intelligible throughout most of the album I listened to, the vocabulary and grammar doesn't exactly match with everyday German, but I suppose that's a given.
Aye, I wasn't sure whether the music itself was explicitly about white power and all that or it just attracted a disproportionate number of those kinds of fans. I've just been reading about neofolk, which I've been getting quite into lately. Apparently there is a strong association in Germany between that genre of music in general and the far right. Something to do with the connection between Nazism and paganism/the occult. The neofolk and black metal scenes in Germany have ties with fascism, it seems.
I guess some bands in those genres draw in more people with those ideas than others, I've never noticed as many of those comments on Faun vids....according to the thing I've just been reading half of Darkwood's audience "look like they've just wandered in from a Nuremburg rally." But, likewise I wouldn't condemn anyone for listening to them either. I quite like their music myself.
Even Faun attracts a disproportionate number of those kinds of fans. Their song with the most views on YouTube is Federkleid, and some of the most liked comments are:
- "Keep European music and traditions alive! we need it!",
- "Europeans save your CULTURE!",
- "Europe has such beautiful culture... too bad that we are distroying it because some say that preserving it is a treat to globalism"
- German pride
- The more migrants submerge Europe the more Europeans sing barbarian songs.
- Too bad the ethnocultural composition of White countries does not look like this anymore.
- Love this music. As a brazilian, I'm wondering why europeans with their liberal ideas are trying to kill their own culture, both pagan and christian. It's so sad.
- 198 jews dislikes it
I won't get political here by giving a personal statement to those comments, but neofolk is almost by definition nationalistic in the sense that it reflects the traditional culture, spirit and folklore of a nation, so it will naturally appeal to the far-right or neo-Nazis (of course, that doesn't necessarily mean the artists themselves are such). The far-left on the other hand doesn't believe in nations in the first place (extreme example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID4lstARK0w), so it shouldn't come as a surprise that Antifa-types are scarce if present at all in the comment sections of songs of that genre.
What I'm doing, which is helping me.
First learn your ABC's it will make things easier to pronounce. You can search up abc song in German for kids. (Please do not click on ones that are an hour long. It will make your brain explode. a minute to five minutes are plenty.)
Do days of the week
Learn gender specific nouns (You can respond to me if you want the full list. It becomes pretty easy once you memorize the list.)
Do duo lingo EVERY DAY.
I also keep a book with everything I learn in German in there. I use different colors for the spelling and pronunciation for memorization.
Watch German news everyday like The Daily Show. Watch something that you know by heart in German in subtitles.