https://www.duolingo.com/profile/feelPhobic

German learning tips?

I have been learning German for a little while, mainly with Duolingo, although I watch some tv shows, and movies with German audio or subtitles.

I would like some helpful suggestions to add to my German learning process.

Danke!

February 18, 2019

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16

I learned this the hard way back when I started learning German in HS. Always learn the gender of the along with the meaning of the nouns from the start. It will make your progress a lot smoother. You seem to be off to a good start and will go far.

February 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IchhasseMuecken

Also, learn the shortcuts. A lot of nouns can be identified easily and their gender be determined by knowing the right rules. Like: you see it ends on "-ung", you immediately know it's feminine. Decreases the amount of dry memorisation.

February 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DonEbaella

I learned German back in high school, and I remember there was an in-class assignment where we had to translate the lyrics of some German songs. Based on that, I can recommend some German song artists to listen to:

Cro - he's a German rapper who combines both rap and pop, which he calls "Ra-op". Some of his songs that I have listened to in class were "Traum" and "Einmal um die Welt", which you may want to check out.

Deichkind - a hip-hop, electro German band. The only song that I have listened to in my German class is "Denken Sie GroƟ", which has a rather interesting music video to look at.

Apollo 3 - a German alternative rock band. Their earlier stuff, which was made when they were literally kids, sounds similar to the stuff you may hear form Linkin Park. Their newer stuff sounds pretty different, from what I remember. I recommend "Superhelden", if you are into alternative rock stuff made by kids.

Those are all the German song artists that I can remember from my time in high school. These artists have more songs than what I have listed, so you may want to check these artists out to find what you like. I hope this helps. :)

February 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CatW.SelinaKyle

looks like you have a good list of resources for learning. I always suggest people find some one who speaks the language to talk to or write to, so you can have conversation practice. Guten Abend, and happy learning.

February 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/feelPhobic

Thank you very much. Also, how would I go about finding someone to talk to in German?

February 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CatW.SelinaKyle

Well I personally just ask my friends if they speak multiple languages, if we share a second language then we try to speak it to each other. I also write in the discussion forums using pieces of the language we are all learning. But that is just what I do. Hope this helps.

February 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IchhasseMuecken

Are you using the App? If so, you can join a German club. I won't be really active once my semester starts very soon, and I don't know how many native speakers you'll find in clubs, but you'll at keast have fellow learners.

February 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CassidyDeutsch

There is this book on Amazon, If you look up 'German Workbooks,' and scroll until you find 'Living Language German (Complete Edition)' It is the best rated and I'm getting it tomorrow. As I've seen so far, it looks like a good way to learn more about the grammatical aspect of German and it also gives you practices for what you've learned. It also comes with 9 audio CDs and such. I will update once I've got it.

February 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CassidyDeutsch

Btw make sure you're able to spend $40.14 in checkout.

February 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IchhasseMuecken

Learn general rules that can help you as early as possible. Whenever possible, try to understand the reasons, ask "why" a lot.
Understanding something can greatly reduce the amount of learning by heart you have to push through.
For example: If you understand that the suffixes "-heit" and "-keit" turn an ajective into the corresponding noun, you can just remember that these nouns are always feminine, and boom: That's a long, long list of words that you don't need to painfully learn the gender of by heart (especially gender has a bunch of tell tale signs that can be your friends if you want, like compound nouns having the gender of their last component, etc).
Forget that silent letters are a thing. Yes, if it's a Lehnwort (foreign word) from French or somewhere else, it might break the rules, but other than that, every letter is there for a reason. This is the biggest pronunciation advice I would recommend to english speakers: If you don't speak a letter that is in the words, 99% of the time that's wrong. If there's an E, it wants to be heard! :D
And keep in mind, that if you ignore an aspect of the language, like gender, or the more strict conjugations, it's not going to go away. Take the extra time to learn it correctly, and understand it, it's going to make it easier once the actual usage of the language kicks in and steels your knowledge into habit.
I hope any of this helps, and if nothing else, keep having fun!
Das klappt schon!

February 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CassidyDeutsch

Hey! So I got that Living Language German set and I haven't been on Duolingo because of it. It's tought me more in 5 lessons that Duolingo does in 22+. I've also remembered most of what it's taught me which really makes me happy because I used to have trouble remembering and learning. I definitely recommend it! You can also practice on Duolingo on the side!

Auf Wiedersehen!

February 21, 2019
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