WHAT I LOVE ABOUT GERMAN ON DUOLINGO!
Have just started going back over the course right from the beginning. Now in retrospect, I have a birds-eye view of how the course is actually presented. This just was not possible, going through it the first time.
Each section is extremely well thought out. New grammar is gradually inserted, with plenty of easy practice before taking it up a notch. I really appreciate the time and work involved in its creation. Am now enjoying each section immensely and retaining it well! Vielen Dank Duo!
I have been learning German for 6 months now solely with Duolingo and to be honest I am finding it so much more difficult than French or Spanish - I think that if I want to progress further I will have to buy a German grammar textbook - however, the French tree was recently revised by Duo and although I had finished the old one, I am very grateful for the new exercises which seem to consolidate everything I have previously learned
I love German Demystified by McGraw Hill! It’s very step-by-step, has audio (the CD that came with my 2nd edition textbook is 75 minutes), the pages have a nice clean look, & there are lots of great exercises & tests & even review tests. It starts with the alphabet & goes through the subjunctive.
For a textbook you could always check out a Foreign Service Institute textbook as they are free to download online or if you want a physical copy you can buy a copy. They aren't the most interesting but are definitely high quality as they are used by the FSI and ambassadors/Foreign Service officials in government.
I've been learning german for over 1,5 years and I do agree that the grammar tend to become complicated so i have gotten a german grammar text book and i do understand so much more now!
Just go searching the net, I am sure there are more than enough textbooks available online
Bup442888, funny you should say that. I just started exploring the first few lessons of French. It seems so hard!!! German is (almost entirely) phonetic, whereas French has a lot of silent letters -- much like English, but that's my native language. I guess I'll just have to keep at it.
I do agree that the gender/case system of German can be challenging, but once you crack it, it starts to fall into place.
Good luck with your studies!
Thank you Susan! English is also my native language - Ironically I find spoken German the easiest to understand - I did French A level what feels like 100's of years ago now and until I discovered Duo, entirely neglected it - I've got a suspicious that Spanish is probably the easiest language from a grammar perspective but not so easy to understand when spoken!
I do French and Spanish as well. German poses its own problems. Everyone learns differently. I would like to be able to say I've found a great German textbook - but I haven't found one yet. Sometimes people mention resources they've found on the web. Maybe you could also give this a try? Best of Luck! :)
I agree! I have been learning German for two years as of now and I have learnt quite a lot of new phrases, vocabulary and grammar than from my school textbook, which, to be honest, is not good for learning German at all.
I agree - my school textbook didn't help me at all. But with Duo, it's all coming together!
German is a great course, I wish there was more of it. I am learning English from German and Spanish from German....I will switch to German from Spanish when I finish the German from Spanish tree. I am learning a lot.
I was trying to do the same MooOOO. But my spellchecker drove my crazy. I had to correct nearly every German/French or Spanish word! ❛¿❛
You may want to try the "Practice Makes Perfect: German" workbook series on Amazon. They are relatively inexpensive. I have not tried them for German but I have for Spanish, Arabic, Italian and French. Best of luck!
I've been wondering if I had learned German lessons toooo fast since one day I happened to look back and realized that, in my brain there hastened so many words to their end surprisingly......
That's why I'm going back over the course now. I'm actually shocked to see how little I remembered! ❛⁄❛)
hey guys i have just started learning german,how much time do i need to reach b1 or b2,and is it possible only using dulingo ?
When one is learning any kind of language, it is the best to learn using multiple resources. In this case, I recommend you to supplement Duolingo with a good textbook and if you want to be truly proficient in German, then I would advise you to hire a tutor or to apply for a German course.
German is not really an easy language for most of the people and they often struggle with learning it, but if you are determined to learn the language, then I do not think you will have many problems reaching B1 level in some time.
But in my opinion, it is good to think smaller, not bigger when it comes to learning a new language. Set yourself a goal to reach A1 and then A2 level and then decide if you are willing to learn more complex grammar and a lot of new vocabulary.
As for reaching B1 and B2 level, it depends a lot upon your commitment to learn the language and how much time you are willing to spend learning it DAILY or at least WEEKLY. Remember, practice is the key to success and if you practice enough, than you can reach your desired level. At what time? As I mentioned, it depends entirely on YOU and how much free time you have for your language learning.
Hope this helps :)
I was going through the German stories, when for no reason, the vocabulary that went along with the stories disappeared. I notified DL about this, and I never received a response.