Need help with German!

Does anyone have any tips (besides listening to natives) on speaking better German? I don't sound right apparently but I've been listening to natives speak....HELP

April 26, 2018


Duolingo also has a feature called Stories, in which you listen and read along and answer questions.

April 26, 2018

For German you need a lot of patience the first time. In Germany we often forget that we speak our native language very fast. If you want to train I would say children songs (in German "Kinderlieder") can be good for to learn the sound.

Some points for you: 1st: If you have a vocal followed by a "ß" or a "h" it is long spoken. If you have doubled consonants you short up the vocal.

2nd: If you have a "s" it is softly spoken. A "ss" is hard like if you want to make a hiss. A "sch" is roughly spoken like in "Kirsche". A "ch" can have two sounds depending on the word: It can be soft like in "Kirche" or hard like in "Bach" which sounds like if an animal would snort and roll the breath. Youtube is often times good because you can stop every time you want to make a break and you can choose the points where you want to start and stop :-)

a little bit fast but a good training:

Here are some older slow folksongs in High German:

Or you can look for poems like this: (a little bit sad but well known from Goethe:)

or a little bit faster podcasts like this:

to have something to smile:

also nice:

April 26, 2018

"Some points for you: 1st: If you have a vocal followed by a "ß""

The "ß" shortens the vowel, like in Hass, Pass, Kuss, but there are exceptions, like a Maß of Beer.

April 29, 2018

thx. gmbka, your explanation is beautiful. The "ß" is mostly a sign for a long vowel.

Also interestant (maybe) are doubled nouns (compositas). Here the first noun is morstly spoken a little bit higher with the voice and between them you make a very very short break:

Türklingel Speckstein Winkelmesser Kiesstein Kissenhülle...

May 5, 2018

Find a German music group that you really like. Or, find German groups who do popular American songs, but in German. Watch German t.v. with English subtitles, or the other way around. Find video games that you like and switch the language to German, if possible.

April 26, 2018

There are also two good podcasts, Coffee Break German (two seasons!)

Slow German with Annik Rubens (very good)


Slow news in German

Just listen to the last two to get the rhythms and cadences. Don't bother trying to understand, though they do have translations attached I believe

April 27, 2018

I used to read Stern or Spiegel aloud - it really helps

April 27, 2018

I think this helps in every language to learn to accept the sound we are not usually use. Our ears learn with us

April 27, 2018
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