The B2 mission!
Hello fellow DL users!
To motivate myself and other users I have chosen to tell "the whole world" my german plan.
Two months ago I found out that I could study in Vienna in the autumn 2016 for exchange! The only problem is that my german level needs to be at B2. Ever since it became clear that I had a mission I have used DL on a regular basis to try to improve my german, and so far it is going pretty well. I have had three years of german in elementary school ten years ago and after a couple of weeks some of it has come back to me, but there is still a long way to go! I have exactly 1 year from todays date to reach B2 german and so I will use this post to update about my progress, concerns and other problems that I will diffently hit on the way.
Right now this task seems impossible but luckily I have a mum who is a german teacher and many friends from Germany and Austria that I can skype and write with ones in a while, so maybe I will make it, who knows?
Kind regards: The danish guy!
B2 is a high level... but seeing that you are so focused and have your mom and friends to help you, you can! good luck!
I'm in a similar situation, last September I found out that if I want to go on Erasmus to Germany, my university demanded a B1.2 level. I'm on A2.2 level now, and I don't know if I'll reach the level, but I'm doing everything I can!
The B1 level is easy to reach, trust me. Especially in German, This language is so easy at the beginning then it is becoming difficult (I would say the B2 level is really hard)
Seriously? German is (even in the beginning) easy? If it doesn't seem easy now... what will it seem at level B2...
I find it easy in the beginning. I think the hardest part is the vocabulary, if you want to reach B2 Level, Watch TV shows read books, that's the fastest way to learn new vocabulary easily. After there is this part. Know if it is der oder die oder das and use Akkusatif, Nominatif, Datif oder Genitiv. I personally think that German is one of the hardest indo - european with Polish. But if you want to learn it, you will succeed ;)
The Dative is what confuses me. If I got that down pat I'd continue, but it's got me at a stump.
it is definitely not impossible........just do not forget mental hygiene and stress reduction since this is a big job to do
You ARE going to be B2 in a year. All you need to do - is do what needs to be done :-). Dont forget to have fun allong the way, as learning is grat fun for all of us. Also - if for any reason you will not end up in Vienna - you will have this great journey of learning to remember.
Keep us posted, and have 10 lingots for good start.
Best of luck: The polish guy!
Thank you for your kind post and hopefully you are right! It's going to be tough since I have to write my bachelor as well and I play soccer and a semi-high level, while seeing family, friends and my girlfriend... pheew but I am going to do my best.
And you are right, if I don't succeed I have learned a lot and will continue to improve my german for the future.
Thanks for the lingots :)
Seh dich Jojo sucht das Glück an auf You Tube. Deutsche Welle hat eine große Menge films und podcasts bis zum B2 fùr dich.
Study in Vienna! How wonderful! I'm just curious.. what exams do people usually take to be certified as a certain level?
Best of luck!!!
Have fun in Vienna, it's my hometown! Definitely check out this museum where they keep the extravagantly made coffin for the royals (seriously, they are HUGE). And of course you must go to the famous schnitzel hause.
Try to study Menschen books up to B1 from hueber verlag and also Sicher B2
I am new to this. What are the different levels and how do you know what level you are at?
Well, some time ago, the EU decided to rate the proficiency of non-nativ-language speakers under some certain circumstances (look them up on wikipedia), it is called "Gemeinsamer Europäischer Referenzrahmen" or for short the english acronym is "CEFR". The ratings are A1/A2/B1/B2/C1/C2
C1 is the rating if you want to call yourself fluent. And on the wiki-page you´ll also be able to find all the certified tests which you can take to assure your rating (they cost money though)
Thanks for all the comments, and helpful links to great material and also thank you to the people who have chosen to follow me in what will hopefully be a succesfull journey! And good luck to those with similar missions, let's keep in touch!
If you remember nearly everything what is taught, a high A. If you can also form own sentences from what you have learned there so far, a B1. It is hard to say what level one will reach, because people are different. (Some try to write to natives. While writing to natives one can also make more mistakes, and we all know we all learn by making mistakes. One also can ask more questions.)
I'm not trying to offend you in any way but we say "make mistakes" not "do mistakes". I understand what you mean but you might get a few weird looks if you say doing mistakes in the UK or US.
Here, have a bunch of my Lingots. You probably could use them more than I could ;)
Good luck! I hope Vienna will be fun! I may be doing some studying abroad when I get to college.
Great post. I am very proud to say I will be moving to Vienna in October this year, and last weekend I visited Vienna and really felt in love with that city.
Best of luck, p.s.- you really made great choice where to study and maybe live afterwards.
hvis du kan se tysk fjernsyn evt paa en iPad vil det vaere en hjaelp, jeg laerte tysk igennem fjernsyn da jeg boede i danmark 35 aar siden
Danish is a super awesome language, Also, Immersion helps a lot! Good luck!
German is tough.. I was able to learn as much in spanish or portuguese in 2 years than in german in 6 years.
It's really tough but i also think that much has to do with where you are original from. Danish and german have many similar words so that helps a bit. Unfortunately the grammar is completely different.
How different is Danish from German? I'm German myself and I wonder if Danish is more similar to Swedish/Norwegian/Islandic than Frisian/Dutch/German.
It is very different but some words are similar. For example at potato in danish is kartoffel where as it in german is Kartoffeln. The danish language is very similar to Norwegian and I have friends from Norway I can easily understand. Sweden and Icelandic is more different but still easier than german because the grammar is very similar.