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Mozart & Beethoven

Just as I was scrolling down a web page I found a article saying "Mozart and Beethoven; good for studying". The music geek I am, I automatically went on Spotify and put on "Minuet". I suddenly felt myself picking up grammar rules quicker, as I read from my grammar book. I tried it with a Duolingo lesson and seemed to help me pick up vocab better. Also, the fact that both Mozart and Beethoven were native German speakers seemed to help me concentrate more!

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/LiamRowe
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This also brings about another good way of learning vocabulary, and that is through learning the lyrics to songs, such as Schubert's; Der Erlkönig :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KSmitch
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Die Forelle is a favorite of mine. I like to pretend like I know how to sing and then pretend that I'm James Moriarty while I haphazardly defy laws of probability and hit every pitch that isn't in key while fearlessly defying the restraints of notation.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mrankin15
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In my German I class at school we had to memorize the first three stanzas of Der Erlkönig. A year and a half later, it's still there

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya
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Here is a great performance of Schubert's Erlkönig (in Berlioz' orchestration): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEkO29iJ8vs

BTW: The poem is by Goethe

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bibliobibulous

I love that one! ("Wer reitet so spaet. . ." :D) Isn't it "Der Erlkoenig", though, because a compound takes the gender of its last component? (I hate to be nitpicky, and obviously I'm no authority :) but this is a grammar rule that I thought fellow German-learners might want to note.)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/saschambaer
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Yeah, I don't know said piece of music, but assuming the last word is König and not "Konig" (whatever that could mean, that word doesn't exist in modern German) then it's der.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LiamRowe
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That's the one, I've changed my original comment. Thanks for also highlighting the importance of umlauts :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlmogL
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I love it too, I love how the piano is going: pa-pa-pa pa-pa-pa pam pam pam... it's so tense.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlmogL
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Cool! :-) I love German music, too. It's the main reason that I've been wanting to learn German for years.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems
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Blue Danube = dative prepositions
http://goo.gl/hPbgwu

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya
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Nice one :) There is still room for improvement in terms of intonation, though :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Siebenundzwanzig

Sorry, I'm totally confused, ... as a player of classical music on the guitar, I'm confused as to how that can improve German grammar? xD What am I missing?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lewisjcranston16

That kind of music relaxes the brain and helps to pick up stuff more easily. I am also a player of classical guitar! xD

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Siebenundzwanzig

Oooh, I see, ... well, OK, but I am not convinced that helps. :P Nice to see another guitar player, here. :) Have a Lingot for playing an awesome instrument. :P

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lewisjcranston16

Thanks! Here's one for you too!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Siebenundzwanzig

:D Danke sehr!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Danmoller
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Of course!!! They played in German :p

Can't help philosophic thoughts here.....would the mind shape and the way it thinks be modeled by language? (I believe yes...)
But I hadn't thought until now about shaped minds by languages affecting music styles.....

4 years ago