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I'm Headed to Europe!

[deactivated user]

    It's been such a long time since I've visited the forums - but I just couldn't contain my excitement! I recently found out that I'll be traveling to Paris and Munich!

    I'm going to try and get familiar with basic phrases in German and French (I have a teeny bit of experience with both languages) - any tips about either French or German are greatly appreciated! Also, if anyone has been to Paris or Munich, I'd love to hear about your experience! :-)

    January 20, 2018

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

    I'm very excited for you--Europe is a place I've always wanted to visit, and I hope you enjoy your visit there!

    I would recommend using some of these resources to learn some basic Frech and German:

    Good luck!


    [deactivated user]

      Thank you for the resources! Sometimes they can be hard to find!

      I really hope that you get to Europe sometime! :-)


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

      You're welcome! And I also hope so too--good luck with your language studies! :-)


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

      SportsOcean, I'm so happy for you!!!

      Also, I don't know if you remember me, but I think we talked when activity was around. I've been following you ever since; your such a big inspiration to me! :)


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

      Also, I'm around A2/B1 in German, so I might be able to tell you how to say some basic things in German!


      [deactivated user]

        Aww, thank you so much! I believe I do remember you - I miss activity so much! I loved talking with everyone!

        Seriously - you just made my day (with everything you said about me)! It means so much to me that I inspire someone (eeeeee!)!

        I might take you up on that German offer! ;-)


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

        I also enjoyed talking with other people! Also, you're welcome - I love how devoted you are to learning languages, and that has inspired me a lot :D

        The things you might want to practice the most in German are phrases, adjectives, objects, and how to order a meal and such. Bye is "Tschüss", hello is "hallo", "danke" is thanks, and to order something, you would say "I would like...." which is "Ich möchte". If you wanted a fish, you would say "Ich möchte einen Fisch." :)

        I wish there was a better way for me to give you help besides in the forum. Perhaps a club would work better? :)


        [deactivated user]

          Aww! I don't think I can thank you enough! If you don't mind me asking, how do I say "Tschüss?"

          Oh shoot - I'm in clubs for all my languages. Sorry it took me so long to respond, I've been so busy lately!


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

          (Sorry in advance this is primarily about French) I am learning French in school and Duolingo as well. Duolingo has really helped with reading because I turn the sound of because I often watch Netflix or YouTube while studying, but this is NOT what I would recommend. Class helps with speaking, but I would really recommend listening to it and downloading the app on your phone. The app has a speaking portion where you can practice your pronunciation. And actually, French is REALLY similar to English! Words like "elephant" and "calculator" are spelled with just a few different letters (different is actually spelled "différent"). "Elephant" is spelled "l'éléphant," and "calculator" spelled "calculateur" or something like that. Words like these make French a really easy language to learn. The tough part is sentence structure and pronunciation. I can never structure a sentence correctly, and I've noticed that us English speakers pronounce things WAYYY more than French people. For example, the famous French musical "Les Misérables." It's pronounced mis-e-rab, while some people pronounce it as "miserables." Some words as hard to remember, like "what" is sometimes spelled "est-ce que tu" and that took me a long time to get right. I hope you have a wonderful time in Europe, I sure did! (sorry this is so long) (sorry I apologize a lot)


          [deactivated user]

            Thanks for the help! If you don't mind me asking, where in Europe did you go? Don't worry - I apologize a lot too! ;-)


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

            In April I went to Rome and it was INCREDIBLE. We saw the Vatican, the Colosseum, and lots of other places. My favorite place was a fountain that I cannot remember the name of for the life of me. Rome is absolutely beautiful.


            [deactivated user]

              That's awesome, and kinda funny because I went to Italy in April too! I believe you are talking about the trevi fountain (that's the only fountain in Rome that I remember)? I went there and it was amazing!


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

              I am guessing you are American? :-) I hope/I'm sure that you'll have a wonderful time, I am suuuuper passionate about our European cities!

              I have been to Berlin, but not to Munich. However I'm also going to Paris soon and it'll be my 4th trip to Paris in the span of only 7/8 years..!! - so hopefully that just shows my opinion of it! It's a lovely city and if you have any specific questions about French or Paris I'll be more than happy to answer them :-)


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

              Faaitth!! I haven't talked to you for so long :( Hope you are doing well and having fun in Europe. Some tips that are probably not useful now but here there are to keep this post relevant.

              Listen, a lot. Surround yourself with whatever language you're learning. Even if you don't understand all that you're listening to, it's fine, you will.

              Don't be afraid to ask someone there (most can speak really good English) to correct you when you speak French or German. Usually the natives will love that you are learning their language :-)

              Speak up! It's hard, I know, but it will help you learn tremendously. Like with anything, make mistakes (not on purpose but you know) and learn from them. They'll help you! :P

              Anyway, I hope you enjoy your trip!!


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

              These are good tips. Have a lingot!! :)


              [deactivated user]

                Iris!!! How are you? Thanks for the tips! :-)


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

                What part of Germany is Munich located?


                [deactivated user]

                  Bavaria in the south.


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

                  I’m sorry I haven’t spoken French in forever, and I am only at least level 3 in German, but I’m so excited for you! Have fun in both places!


                  [deactivated user]

                    Thank you so much! :-)

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