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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ich-heisse-emily

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! :)

March 8, 2019

29 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim17720

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.

March 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ArindamBas6

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.

March 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ich-heisse-emily

Good places for penpals is Facebook and other social media, and email as well :)

March 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hoges.110

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! :))

March 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/K4JfK

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.

March 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ich-heisse-emily

Netflix is a great source for movies and shows in German. A good series is Dark :)

March 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chooch639215

Babylon Berlin ist gut und macht auch Spaß

March 13, 2019

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

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.

March 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ich-heisse-emily

Thank you for that, that is a great method! :)

March 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fr0stedFr0st

Danke!!

March 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ich-heisse-emily

Bitte schön!

March 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KaranSood6

Danke Schon, Es gibt eine YouTube Channel: Learn German with Anja, es ist sehr gut

March 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ich-heisse-emily

Yes that is a great channel! I love that one :)

March 10, 2019

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

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.

March 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katkat1029

"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.

March 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ich-heisse-emily

Thank you for sharing your learning resources!:)

March 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/marko3703

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.

March 10, 2019

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

how about the following idea : write the diary in English , and then feed that into Google Translate

March 15, 2019

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

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

March 15, 2019

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

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 )

March 15, 2019

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

Sehr Gut!

March 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ich-heisse-emily

Danke schön!

March 10, 2019

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

Thanks. I don't have a good German language though. I want to watch great German movies.

March 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ich-heisse-emily

You don't have to know a lot of the German, I started watching them early in my journey of learning German. It is just a good way to hear the pronunciation and how they speak, hope that helps you :)

March 10, 2019

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

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

March 10, 2019

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

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 !

March 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katkat1029

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.

March 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/minmin.wang

Danke

March 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ich-heisse-emily

Bitte schön! :)

March 10, 2019
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