Where to go after Duolingo for German???
I've got a few months left before I completely finish all of the Duolingo exercises in German. What is the next step to build on what I have learned here? I like the fact that Duolingo encourages and tracks daily progress, since I'm not immersed in a German speaking culture this is critical. What's the easiest next step to continue progressing? Goethe Institut?
I think dw.com is the best, they have a lot of resources. I also like LingQ and Memrise official courses. Did you do the Stories in Duolingo? They are very nice and try to see if you can recall the vocabulary with tinycards. You can try to get a language partner in sites like conversationexchange.
Definitively try the reverse tree, it's a fun and rewarding challenge.
Deutsche Welle ist simply great, with several courses for different tastes and levels, plus native material to test your knowledge against.
Plus, if you like the Duolingo way, but wish it were harder, do you know about Clozemaster?
Awesome! ...yeah, immersion into a language culture isn't always a realistic option, but here are a few ideas that I am implementing now and will use to practice language skills as I increase my knowledge & understanding...
- read children books, starting with toddler books that build basic language & vocabulary skills :D
Source FREE via libraries & online.
Here are a couple safe websites to start you off with: ... http://www.childrensbooksforever.com/childrenpages/German1.html)
... https://learnoutlive.com/free-german-childrens-books-language-learners-young-old/ (scroll to the bottom for two books for beginner language learners)
watch free language lessons for toddlers & children via Youtube.
listen to music/radio of target language
= Great way to start learning basic words and to become familiar with the sound of the language.
Enjoy and all the best :)
As others have mentioned, Deutsche Welle has a number of good German language learning features.
You mention the Goethe Institut. If you can afford it and you live close to one of the Goethe Institut offices, I definitely recommend their courses. I've done 5 courses at the Goethe Institut near my home, and I've done 1 course at the Goethe Institut in Munich Germany. They were all very good and worth the time and money, in my opinion.
Hi! Is it possible for you to get German Programs? Where I'm from we have a TV Package that allows for a few German Stations, like SAT1, RTL, ARD, etc. It's just a small package, and it's unfortunately not the same as having someone to speak to in German, but does help. Even listening to a German radio station.
Unfortunately, I don't know of any other sites. The others who have already commented seem to know better. They have some good advice. Have you also considered Online classes for German? I know, it's not free, but might still be an option.
The easiest next step is buying a high quality complete course for beginners. You can pick even a monolingual one now, thanks to Duolingo. And you can learn the stuff again and in more detail. It will be easier than if you were starting from zero, and worth it.
After that, there are many other steps to take, but I must say that not overestimating my abilities and learning properly from more serious and complete resources has been helping me immensely. Sure, I am looking forward to much more input and practice based learning, but I have found out that trying to skip the basics had been actually slowing me down in the end :-)
Some examples of high quality courses: Assimil, Themen Aktuell, Menschen, ... A course with grammar, vocab, audio, more complex reading than single sentences, active exercises, etc.
Something I did, was to buy DVDs that had the language option of German on it. (Dubbed, not subbed) Then I would watch my favourite series and movies in German. It wasn't easy, sometimes I barely understood anything, but I just kept going / rewatching.
Slow German Podcasts also helped. SlowGerman is the name of a good one where you can follow the text.
Other than moving to Germany, these are the only suggestions I can give. I hope these help. :)