Great ways to learn German besides Duolingo
I use a lot of these and it is really helpful. Watching childrens' shows spoken in German since the point of those shows is to build the childrens' language skills. Also, reading childrens' books in German. Watching movies and shows in German with German subtitles. Reading websites in German. A German penpal or friend over the internet. Learning with a friend. German Youtubers and vloggers. Having a German diary and you write what you have done today in German. This is good because you learn vocabulary that you can use. German music. (My favorite song is 747 by Mark Forester) Songs that are catchy that help you memorize specific things. For example, colors, days of the week, months, numbers, etc.
There are tons more ways to learn. These are some of my favorite ways. Good luck on your language learning journey! :)
Thanks Emily! I never thought about a diary. That's a great idea. Then I can look back at it in a few months and see the progress.
Btw, how/where do you find pen pals? I have all these fellow learners in my buddy list, but unfortunately we can not communicate with each other.
Since we all are learning German here we could be pen pals. We can commit to one email per week (200 words). We can help each other by correcting our mistakes.
Penpals International (see internet) used to be good. You have to write them an added little note, though, expressing your desire for mainly German penpals. Otherwise 99% will be from Belgium...not sure why. Heaps of Germans want to learn English, though - so it shouldn't be a problem. Alles Gute! :))
Netflix has several shows in German. Even Victoria on PBS/BBC has some German in it. Cooking shows, or channels like Füttern have low level German, as you can ID the different foods.
And I also apply my methods of learning English to learning German, that is asking or answering questions on Stack Exchange or Quora. To build vocabulary I extract sentences(the contexts) from books or answers(books I have read and answers I like) containing the words and keep them with the corresponding words in a notebook. Hope this helps.
Danke Schon, Es gibt eine YouTube Channel: Learn German with Anja, es ist sehr gut
I have been watching the German cartoon "Toggolino", using Netflix to watch "Charite" first with English then with German subtitles. Also Podcasts while I'm driving! For reading, I use my Kindle to read "Dino Lernt Deutsch", and I bought the Complete Idiot's guide to Learning German.
"Dino Lernt Deutsch" is great! It has words and phrases you may not know bolded for each short story with translations at the end of the story. Also since it is on Kindle, you can highlight the word to get the translation. I have the entire series I love it so much.
Just to ask :) Does anybody know why we don't have explanations on lessons?? The last one is on lesson adjectives and on lesson not and further on we don't have, and it is a couple a day so.. When will they update it?? Thanks.
how about the following idea : write the diary in English , and then feed that into Google Translate
pros : you can learn about sentence construction , word usage and acquire new vocabulary cons : 1. the knowledge is not coming from you 2. Google Translate is not 100% accurate all the time , so you might be learning mistakes
oh , and another advantage : Google Translate has the option to hear what you have translated , so you are also learning correct German pronunciation ( I hope )
Thanks. I don't have a good German language though. I want to watch great German movies.
I like action based films and tv because the imagery makes the plot obvious and so you don't feel lost no matter what level of comprehension I have
I really liked "Das Bot" on Netflix. Spoken and subtitled in German, but that effort ! For an italian German is very hard, not for pronunciation, but for the constructions and the words ! :-) Hallo allerseits !
One thing some people like to do is pick one movie or series to watch and watch it over and over again. This helps you pick up things. You can start with watching it with English subtitles until you pick up the plot and vocabulary while you are learning, and then switch to German subtitles.