https://www.duolingo.com/DirkSelbee

Strategy and Resources (Requesting suggestions)

Guten Tag! I am learning German, and have been since last year. After completing the tree about 50% I took a hiatus that lasted several months. Since then I have picked up Duolingo- eventually relearning all that I had done in the past and now I am on my way forward. Each day when I get on about 5 skills deteriorate and I make them gold, then I learn one more category followed by reading one of the Duolingo stories, afterwards I watch a German show on Netflix with German subtitles. Throughout the day I listen to my favorite music in German as well. However, if I work on my tree at my current pace I will conclude the show and complete the stories much before finishing the Duolingo skill tree. Do you have any suggestions on how I could adjust my routine to make those mile stones more inline, or can you all provide additional resources so that I can supplement my practice after I finish my show and the Duolingo stories? Vielen Dank. Mach's gut!

-Dirk Selbee

March 29, 2018

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When you finish the stories you can start over from the beginning, it doesn't hurt to do them more times... When you finish the show you can watch another one :-)

I think you have established a nice routine. Keep it up and it will take you somewhere.

Happy learning :-)

March 29, 2018

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Thank you. Do you have any movie or TV show suggestions in particular? Or could you tell me where I should look for more outside of Netflix?

March 29, 2018

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Watch anything you enjoy :-) The best thing to watch in the beginning is something that you know from other language that is dubbed into German. As this discussion ( https://www.duolingo.com/comment/20534887/German-dubbed-TV-series-and-movies-online ) suggests bs.to is a great source of shows of all kinds. You won't find subtitles there but they are not so great for learning anyway. Find something you like and watch a lot of it :-) (I watched the whole Friends and M.A.S.H. in German...). After you understand dubbed series well, I would suggest moving to some original German shows (I watched Deutschland 83, Babylon Berlin, Mord mit Aussicht and a math show (no kidding) Mathematik zum Anfassen ...) depends on your taste. German in original shows is supposedly closer to what "normal" Germans speak like :-) For that also ZDF mediathek can be good: https://www.zdf.de/ (click "Rubriken" on the top and choose for example Doku/Wissen). Some of ZDF videos might or might not be available in different countries. If you like documentaries like I do you can also find many of them on youtube.com ... A search for "pyramiden dokumentation" shows tons of videos on this topic. Or simply search for "dokumentation auf deutsch". Hope this helps you.

Happy learning :-)

March 30, 2018

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    I agree with this statement, however, there aren't many shows (German or English) that offer accurate German subtitles. I heard the series Dark on Netflix has the best German subtitles. Also, a great German book series is Dino lernt Deutsch, it is great for reading comprehension. I forgot to add this but, once you are confident in German try German dubbed shows without subtitles.

    March 30, 2018
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