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Seedlang/Easy German

Does anyone use Easy German on Youtube or Seedlang? Do you recommend?

May 26, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanFarber1

Why are people down voting? Is it a question that does not fit into here or what?

May 27, 2019

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

Don’t question it. You’ve given a perfectly reasonable question.

As for the question at hand; I’ve always thought that Easy German is one of, if not the best, German YouTube channels around. Whilst it’s not my main resource, there are a lot of diverse cultural topics which it covers, alongside A2-C1 content.

Seedlang is a pretty good concept, but it is a lot like TinyCards. I don’t use it enough to fully evaluate it, but there are some free decks on there, and unlike Duo/TinyCards, it does include speech from native speakers. It’s got a much more useful and broader range of vocabulary than Duo and TinyCards so in that aspect, I guess I’d recommend it.

Take this lingot anyhow. // P.s. I upvoted ;)

-Syntax.

May 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanFarber1

Thank you!

May 28, 2019

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

No problem!

May 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gregorius001

90% of content on Seedlang is paid, 4.99€ per month.

May 28, 2019

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

Easy German is great. Why not try Learn German with Anja also

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZwegPHTG4gvnR0WLzaq5OQ

And Deutsch fur Euch

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsYMk_FCTGBxmwKFiCynFwg

Good luck and have an upvote !!

May 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanFarber1

Many thanks!

May 28, 2019

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

You're welcome Good luck

May 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rmbush2

I find Seedlang incredibly useful for working on my pronunciation and on accent reduction. I model my speech on that of Cari and her friends, and repeat each exercise over and over until I sound at least somewhat OK. Being able to construct a grammatically correct German sentence doesn't get you very far if native speakers can't understand what comes out of your mouth!

May 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanFarber1

Thank you for your response, could you share further on what has been most helpful for you in learning German out of the various options available (Duo, Youtube, Seedlang, etc)? What helped you with grammar most? What helped you with vocabulary, etc?

May 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rmbush2

The most helpful advice I can give, but advice even I find hard to follow, is to routinely access and modify your approach. It is easy to just keep doing the same thing every day.

I started out by taking a beginners class, in which I learned the basics of grammar. However, my vocabulary was so limited that I had trouble reading and writing anything other than the most simple of sentences. Duolingo has been very helpful in increasing my vocabulary, and in keeping it fresh, as I am usually not around German speakers.

Neither my beginners class nor Duolingo helped much with listening comprehension, or in learning the style and rhythm of everyday conversational German. Since I usually live in the US I worked on this by watching a totally ridiculous German soap opera online (Sturm der Liebe: https://www.daserste.de/unterhaltung/soaps-telenovelas/sturm-der-liebe/index.html). I did this for almost a year, and I took a lot of ribbing about it, but it helped a lot. The production quality of this show is very high. The audio is clear and there is little background noise. It also helps that the camera is often focused on people's faces, which helps a lot for both context and lip reading. I wanted to watch something more fun, like Kommissar Rex, but like much of what you find on TV & YouTube there was very little conversational content, and way too much background noise.

I am currently living in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. I find Schweizerdeutsch pretty incomprehensible, and I am not even trying to learn it. Instead, I thought I would take this opportunity to practice speaking Hochdeutsch, which the Swiss all know. To my dismay, I found I was not being understood because of my poor pronunciation and my accent. That is a problem with being primarily self-taught, and something I rarely see discussed online. I have been working on this via a weekly Skype tutorial with a native German speaker. This has been very difficult and quite embarrassing.

I am in my early 60s, and this is my first foray into language learning. I have no talent for it. I just work hard, and I keep at it. Perhaps it helps that I am a professor and so just accept that learning is hard work and sometimes even painful :)

May 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sea-mist

I use Easy German at times, that is good. I tend to use tinycards and have not tried Seedlang. If you can handle watching 10min cartoons I suggest to check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jx5726sjMY which is fairly easy to follow along and seems based on teaching German. Many say that when one does not need to translated everything and thinks in German, learning can happen faster and right now I'm using those cartoons to help me with that.

As far as downvoting goes, there is a lot of trolls here and I've found they often stop peoples posts from appearing as they can downvote a post fast before others have a chance to see it and vote. So downvotes dont necessarily mean there was a real issue with your post.

May 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eric31742

I am beginning to use Easy German more often. I really like the subtitles in both languages.

May 30, 2019

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

I use Easy German's mobile app and even though it crashes a lot, it is actually really helpful in advancing my vocabulary.

July 24, 2019
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