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How can I learn German efficiently?

I have some exposure to German. I took a semester of it in college but just the basic stuff. I try to use duolingo every night

Any tips would be great thanks!

March 2, 2018


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Study, study study, study, it's hard work but it pays off in the end. Here is my old post with the resources I used, hope you find them helpful: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/24437249


Thanks so much for this post! I bought the vocab book and the intermediate grammar book... Thankfully it's the beginning of the month, so I have $$ to spend. ;-)

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Glad to help, I wish you happy learning :-)


Here are some Youtubers I follow that are helping me with German: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZwegPHTG4gvnR0WLzaq5OQ/playlists https://www.youtube.com/user/MeisterLehnsherr/playlists https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnZ0C4deOyB_TUFSJK3L4lg/playlists https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1-MpIG20o6kzsu1I5SLXpQ/videos

But besides youtube it could really help if you listen to German music, movies, shows, audiobooks. With the music try to follow along with the lyrics, not sing (Well you can try if you want to) but really pay attention to how they pronounce the words. Or if you're a type of person who plays video games, you can try and play a game you played many times in the German version and also turn on the subtitles during dialogue (This has really helped me learn new vocab words). Another way is you can try to find native speakers online and make friends with them, ask them to help you with speaking.


Memrise for vocab. Youtube series "The Secrets of the German Language" for Grammar. Also, youtube series "Easy German" for interviews with real Germans on the street with English subtitles. "Super Easy German" for German spoken more slowly. ZDF website for German news and programs.

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