https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EllieJaneHart95

I'm in Germany!

For a week now I've been in Germany! I will be living here for at least one year. Yesterday I finished a conference which was entirely in German, my first piece of wisdom is that believe it or not, if your tree is 10% or 100% you understand more German then you think you do! You can pick up so much by odd words which are either the same or similar in English and words you know in German. You understand the context, topic and opinion of the person talking by the inflection of their voice, the response from others and the tone of voice. It's harder to pick up details, but you're understanding something! Good as this may be to hear, there is bad news. That tiny bit of German that you can speak in front of other people learning at home now feels tiny and you're scared to say anything. Saying 'Hallo, wie geht es dir?' will have a response that you may not know, in England we all say 'fine thanks, you?' but Germans are honest - so you avoid speaking at risk that they will respond with something you don't know. I'm blessed to tell you more good news. They could not care less how bad your German is. Germans have been in an Education system that tells them English is an international language and every country in the world has at least some knowledge of English, so they should too. Most Germans have never met a non German who has tried to learn their language. So basically they are impressed by your effort and not your knowledge of irregular verbs so take a deep breath and come to Germany. It's very hot here in the south! This week I'm living with a family who speak very little English, and I've learnt so much in one day, point to things and say 'Wie heißt das?' which means 'what is that called' and they will tel you! Say 'Wie bitte?' if you didn't understand or hear and they will repeat. Any time you say bitte you are being polite, so 'Wasser bitte' meaning 'Water please' isn't impolite like it is in English. My last observation has nothing to do with language! Germans like food, Germans like gardens of fruit and veg, Germans like big houses, Germans like straightforward people and Germans like you.

July 21, 2014

41 Comments


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

Ah Germany. A beautiful fierce place. You must be happy the won the World Cup.

July 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EllieJaneHart95

Being a brit of only 18 years of age, this is the first time I've felt pride in my nation for winning the World Cup!

July 22, 2014

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

It sounds like you're having a wonderful time! What an enriching experience your time in Germany will be! Thanks for all of the tips, as well. Have fun, and keep us informed about your year in Germany! :)

July 21, 2014

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

Willkommen in Deutschland!

I've been here almost 6 months and every day I'm surprised at just how much German I can understand. I remember picking out words on the radio until one day I knew enough of the words that I knew what they where talking about. Words for types of food will just seep into your knowledge without you realising it, as will many other things.

I'm sure you will love it here. :D

July 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/0liwia

Wo bist du in Deutschland? München gefällt mir sehr viel :-)

July 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EllieJaneHart95

Uffeheim :) Ein kleiner dorf in Bayern :P

July 21, 2014

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

hi oliwia . l hope that you help me . i need a great dictionary for German language like Oxford and Longman in English language . a dictionary with phonetic . with phonetic !

July 24, 2014

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

If you want to ask even politer I woul say " Könnte ich bitte das Wasser haben " what ofcourse is a bit more difficult :P it means "can I have the water please"

July 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EllieJaneHart95

Of course, but my point is more to thrive (and survive!) you need very little prior knowledge

July 22, 2014

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

Ich stimme zu. Die Bayern sind ganz reizend und ihre Sprache ist sehr musikalich und lustig.

A blog on "My Year in Uffeheim" would be charming if you find the time.

July 23, 2014

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

hi heathermagoo. l hope that you help me . i need a great dictionary for German language like Oxford and Longman in English language . a dictionary with phonetic . with phonetic !

July 24, 2014

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

That's awesome :D I just left Germany a week ago after being there a month I lived in Gundelsheim which is about 2 hours by train from Uffeheim I never thought my German was very good but I understood quite a bit I followed the plots of a couple movies and understood a song progress :) I watched the final game in Germany it was only the third professional soccer game I've seen it's not popular where I live as least Britain claims a title the best the USA has done was third place in 1930 I hope you enjoy Germany :)

July 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EllieJaneHart95

Cool! Keep coming back :D And thank you

July 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AshishAnan4

aaaahhh.. enjoyin the world cup ;-)

July 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ahmed-noor1310

such an experience :) a mixture of fun and education. I wish you the best of both " fun and knowledge " 3>

July 23, 2014

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

thats awesome! have fun learning even more!

July 23, 2014

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

Never be quiet for fear of making "mistakes". As you said, people will appreciate your effort and they will try and help you. Good luck and have a great time! Do try some Spezi, it's a must! (German coke-based fizzy drink with orange)

July 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EllieJaneHart95

Yes! Here we call it Mezza mix and I swear I could just eat Pretzels and drink Mezza mix all day long

July 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_mr19

This is all too exciting! I wish to study here in a years (or two) and I am learning as much as I can before I visit for a holiday :)

July 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EllieJaneHart95

Brilliant, be prepared to be overwhelmed! After a little while everything gets normal (Or so I've been told) but at first your brain is like going wild.

July 24, 2014

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

I'm glad you're doing great there :D! It's very motivating I have intense fear of speaking with Germans but now I have to get rid of it since I'm also moving there in three weeks for a long long time for study proposes.

July 26, 2014

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

You don't have to worry that much most people won't understand you... instead you should worry about that they will only try to speak english with you xD

July 26, 2014

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

Every time I go to Germany I feel that if I stayed there a month I'd be good. You will be too. Unf I never stay more than a week or so. BTW, a SANDWICH is BELEGTES BROT, I don't think duo teaches us that, and someone married to a German living in Germany did not know it even though she had been getting weekly private lessons. I learned that from Rosetta, and it was super helpful for me in Deutschland.

July 22, 2014

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

Someone on Chefkoch.de asked the "Sandwich" vs "Belegtes Brot" question.

The entry beginning "Hallöchen..." is very enlightening.

http://www.chefkoch.de/forum/2,1,339063/Unterschied-zwischen-Sandwich-oder-Belegtes-Butterbrot.html

July 22, 2014

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

Yes, the OP wanted to know if SANDWICH was only in English, the way I read it, also did not understand what an open-faced sandwich is, and whether a sandwich was a Belegtes Brot.

July 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EllieJaneHart95

Thank you for the help :) They say if you live in a country for 3 months you can pick it up fluently, you should come over again soon!

July 22, 2014

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

well sandwich should actually be known though o.o Maybe you have to pronounce it like santwitch though :P

and if you want to be specific just say what is on your bread. Wurstbrot, Käsebrot, Butterbrot, Nutellabrot and so on.

But maybe you should try out "Schnittchen" ^^

July 22, 2014

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

Oder einfach "Stulle".

July 22, 2014

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

Not if you're in a small village in Bavaria! ;)

July 23, 2014

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

well I don't like the word Stulle :P (yeah, I forgot to mention it but still)

July 22, 2014

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

hi ellie

July 22, 2014

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

hi EllieJaneHart95 . l hope that you help me . i need a great dictionary for German language like Oxford and Longman in English language . a dictionary with phonetic . with phonetic !

July 24, 2014

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

leo.org or "der Duden"

July 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EllieJaneHart95

Agreed on Leo.org so far the best I've come across

July 24, 2014

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

kunstkr1tik and EllieJaneHart95 have already offered some great suggestions.

If you specifically want something with phonetic transcription (IPA) online, also take a look at:

http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/german-english

and

http://de.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wiktionary:Hauptseite

Ehrlich gesagt, if I'm looking a word (even something really esoteric) I usually start with a google search and browse the various dictionary entries that turn up.

In print dictionaries, the recent Collins and Oxford Duden both look really useful (but I find myself using print dictionaries less and less).

If you're looking for something truly comprehensive, comparable to Oxford English Dictionary (OED), check out the Deutsches Wörterbuch (DWB) online:

http://germazope.uni-trier.de/Projekte/DWB (choose Online-Wörterbuch aufschlagen)

An interesting Wikipedia article about DWB: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deutsches_W%C3%B6rterbuch

July 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cricket2456

Thank you so much for your info on Germany. I feel slightly jealous of you cause you are in Germany... xD I really want to be a foreign exchange student there... are you a foreign exchange student in Germany?

July 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EllieJaneHart95

You should come! No I'm a missionary, so I'm a Christian doing work in schools and youth groups here. It's so amazing, I'm doing what I love for free and I get to live in a great country :)

July 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cricket2456

Ah, fun! :) I wish I could come, but I'll probably have to wait a year or so, maybe longer. D:

July 25, 2014

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

Well said :-) Having said that I need to improve and be fluent, and quick! :-/

September 10, 2014

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

I was born in Germany and lived there for 6 years and really want to go back:]

September 26, 2017

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

Where are you now? :)

January 30, 2018

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