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Help with learning German.

Hi everyone, I started learning German last week and have a (difficult) goal of becoming at least conversational (maybe A2-B1) by September. I have so far dedicated around 5 hours each day to studying German (but some days I am a little busier and have to contribute less). Does anyone have any ideas on how I can learn, and maybe give me some criticism on how to tweak what I'm doing?

So far, I am reading short stories, watching children's tv shows (still don't understand much, though!), Netflix with subtitles, some workbooks, German-English dictionary, Duolingo, Memrise (which I am still trying to navigate), Youtube videos, and the Harry story on DW.com. I do not know anyone who speaks German but I am looking into finding people to Skype with online etc.

Thank you everyone for your help! I really want to use my time the most efficient way possible :)

5/31/2018, 7:27:41 PM

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https://www.duolingo.com/volisvid
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You can also try Drops and Rosetta Stone.

5/31/2018, 7:28:27 PM

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I have never heard of Drops. Going to check it out now. Thanks for the suggestion! :)

5/31/2018, 7:30:21 PM

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Nedward, I am right behind you. My first language is English. In order to understand German, I try to relax. German and English are so similar that it is scary. My only real experience with German is form watching "Hogan's Heroes" on tv. I am loving it. I am repeating a lot. My throat is getting sore. No pain, no gain. Look forward to reading posts about your progress. Right now "I know nothing" (Sgt. Schultz). Good luck! Your friend, Cat

5/31/2018, 7:42:26 PM

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They are incredibly similar! A lot of vocab I am learning so far is just easy to infer. I will definitely try watching that show, thanks for the suggestion. Update me too on your journey! We can do this! :)

5/31/2018, 9:31:07 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Margalit1
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I suggest you keep a Diary in German.

6/1/2018, 7:12:09 PM

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I never thought of that! I will give it a try, thank you!

6/2/2018, 2:42:01 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose
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Hello! Are you looking for sources or help with learning German?

6/1/2018, 9:46:09 AM

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Sources please! Any sources you think could help me learn it :)

6/1/2018, 11:43:48 AM

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Okay! I recommend Learn German with Anja and Leran German with Jenny. You could also look at Get Germanized. They're all on YouTube.

EDIT: German with Jenny also has a website.

6/2/2018, 1:43:23 AM

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Danke! I love Get Germanized and will definitely check out the other two. Thanks for the help! :)

6/2/2018, 2:41:35 PM

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You have all the best resources at hand. I used Rosetta and it took me about 3 months to feel that I was starting to think in the language. It really does teach the language like a child learns but you must practice every day like amchild does, for several hours, even if it is just listening. I listed to music in the language on my down days or to audio classes that I down loaded.

Here is another resource: When I took a crash course on Serbo-Croation I used the FSI class and audio. The audio was great and I could listen while I worked out or walked. They have german too. Here is the main link with all the languages:

https://www.livelingua.com/fsi-language-courses.php

All I really used from them was the audio. But there is text. I also listened to Croation radio.

You can also listen to German speaking radio programs.

6/2/2018, 2:00:53 AM

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Thanks for the suggestion! The FSI class looks wonderful and free! I will definitely give it a go! I have been thinking about Rosetta Stone too,I checked it out online and it looks a lot cheaper than it used to be! Thanks for your help! :)

6/2/2018, 2:03:17 PM

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Keep checking the prices and package combo. They fluctuate. THey may have a father's day or 4th of July sale.

6/2/2018, 6:00:52 PM
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