What is the fastest and most efficient way to learning German outside of Duo?

Hello everyone, thanks for taking notice of my post. I plan to study in Germany next year(2019) and want to be as fluent in German as possible. I've taken four years of German, but I didn't take it too seriously. To all the German veterans, what do you think is the best way to improve your fluency in German outside/after Duolingo?

Thank you for any help, Peyton

January 30, 2018


I would say a mix of listening to radio, watching shows and/or movies, and conversing in the language. Completely immerse yourself in the language. I also wrote in a journal everyday. It helped me, I live in Germany right now and I get around quite ok. :)

January 30, 2018
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It depends on the learner: the best way is one that keeps you engaged, but challenged at the same time. Use Duolingo as long as you feel it helps, then start with German material (radio, books, stories, videos).

Here's some:

Try also comics, they're full of expressions and vocabulary easily inferred from the drawings.

January 30, 2018

Visit the country for an extended period of time, avoid English speakers while there. ;}

That method greatly helped my English (more than years of learning it in school did). =D

January 30, 2018

If you can't visit the country, try communicating with Germans via social media. I have several German Facebook friends and we chat exclusive in German. It's really helped my German!

January 30, 2018
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Immerse yourself, I recommend watching sitcoms in your target language. Tons of it... 100 or 200 hours should do the trick. I've done it with English (years ago) and German (just recently) so far, and will do it with French in the future if I have time and good enough reason/motivation for it. I started both German and French here on Duolingo but my French is about 20 times worse than German just because I did other things for my German out of duolingo (mostly watching the TV shows). These days I can watch almost anything in German and have no problems to comprehend, I can also hold a decent conversation myself. Good luck and have fun.

EDIT: If you're interested, here's my older and pretty detailed post on how I aproached learning German:

January 30, 2018

You can use a flashcard application like anki or memrise to help increase your vocabulary. Also try to start speaking German, either online or through a local meetup if one is available (Benny Lewis says that speaking a language is the most effective way to learn it).

Another thing I've heard about that could be good to try would be to go 60 minutes without your native language. So for an hour, any movies, books, tv shows, websites, etc. that you look at need to be in your target language. In this case German. The idea is to get you immersion at home, in case you can't afford to travel or you do travel but want more consistent immersion.

January 30, 2018

Given your plans, you need to build up a large vocabulary. Language classes usually don't provide that. I've found LingQ very helpful for that purpose (app and/or website).

January 31, 2018

Hallo Peyton ich meine aus deinem Text lesen zu können das du schon ein bisschen deutsch verstehen kannst. Das ist sehr gut. Ich würde dir empfehlen dich schon jetzt mit deutschen anzufreunden in der Stadt in der du ab 2019 studieren möchtest.
Neben den Studien solltest du versuchen mit möglichst vielen deutschen in Kontakt zu treten und viel reden, auch wenn es am Anfang ungewohnt sein sollte das macht nichts. in Deutschland leben zur Zeit sehr viele Flüchtlinge aus den Arabischen Staaten die haben das selbe Problem. Für dich ergibt sich dabei aber auch ein Vorteil du kannst also relativ leicht Kurse finden um dein Deutsch noch weiter zu verbessern. Zusäzlich würde ich dir deutsche Musik empfehlen und deutsche Spielfime sowie dich direkt in einem Sportverein anzumelden für Mannschaftssportarten in denen die Spieler viel miteinander reden müssen wie zum Beispiel Fussball (Soccer) oder Handball.

January 31, 2018

I've heard positive feedbacks about helloTalk (app), for chatting with native speakers; I haven't tried it out yet myself but I plan to: seems promising. @hello_matteocorti_6310

January 31, 2018

Use Nicos Weg.

January 31, 2018

write the words you get wrong on a flash card and put the german
first on one side and on the other side write the english word and tran ever day


February 1, 2018

Watch movies, listen to music, read books and make friends. I started learning German when I was 14, I have officially been speaking/learning it more than half of my life, but only just lol. I started to learn German from the German for Dummies book. book I've ever picked up. While listening to German music, I recommend having both German and English lyrics on hand so that you can follow along, and if you hear a word you do not know, you can easily find it and learn the word. It works like a puzzle, kind of. It helped me a bit. I'd check out as well. It's a great website with a lot of grammar tools.

February 8, 2018
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