What should I pair with Duolingo to help learn German?
I am currently level 4 in German, and according to some German related forums I have read, it is a good idea to pair Duolingo with another source to help immerse yourself in the language. Would any of you have some tips concerning that? I'm looking for things to help me with sentence structure (such as how to ask a question in German, how to use "nicht" in a sentence, etc.), things to help me with pronunciation, and also some fun sources, like a German band, song, or show (I love anime, and I know that there are some sites that offer German subtitles). If any of you could offer advice, that would be great!
General Grammar (cases, adjectives, verbs, etc...)
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http://www.canoo.net/index_en.html - Grammar and links to dictionaries, word formations, etc... My second most visited bookmark after Pons
Questions and answers
Other German learning sites
Educational blog on German vocabulary, etc
German Grammar Book
- Onkle Tom Angelripper
- Dings vom Dach
- Mord mit Aussicht
- Die Sendung mit der Maus
- Find some free online shows on Germany's TV websites: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_television_stations_in_Germany
- Lola Rennt
- Die Fälscher
- Goodbye Lenin
- Kebab Connection
- Gegen die Wand
Suggestion if you are interested
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I love my Pimsleur CDs; lots of repetition and sentence structure, and they start you out with real sentences, not just verb conjugations that can be tedious out of context. Memrise has also helped me a lot with vocabulary. Check your library for the Pimsleur courses; they're expensive to buy on your own.
Besides that, I would recommend Michel Thomas' course of German. They are available only for English speakers. but I don't think that would be a problem for the poster.
I love my Pimselur too. It has taught me to put a full scentence together. Though it's very very old fashioned!
It might sound stupid (seeing as we live in the age of the internet), but other than what's already been suggested I would recommend a nice grammar textbook. You don't need to study it, just read through it if you have any difficulties. I thought it was a waste of time before I glanced at a couple and God were they thorough. There's actually quite a lot of detail that you tend not to find on the internet (or at least that always bypassed me), in fact so much so that I actually found myself having fun reading them. Cheers.
Have to admit that I have found the grammar work book I am using called " practise makes perfect" really useful. I have tried loads of Internet sources and Babbel definitely got me part of the way there. But suddenly a lot of stuff became suddenly really clear to me when I started using the book. It might be that if you are bad at grammar like me you need to try several sources in order to understand?
The internet is fantastic at giving you the gist of things, but rarely can go as deep as a textbook can. There's a good reason why a good grammar book is at times hundreds of pages long, there is simply a lot to talk about. Internet articles and videos are only great for scratching the surface (albeit a very important surface that alone should get you through a lot of grammar). A textbook is for those details that you don't read about on the internet.
I've been meaning to start searching for a good German dictionary or something, I never thought about an actual textbook. Thanks for the suggestion!
i heard someone recommend Mindsnacks app. It seems a bit "kiddy" but I paid for the 50 lessons and think its worth it, it's one of those games where you play in your downtime like Angry Birds or Temple Run, except you learn words in German, Spanish, Manadarin etc
Even though I don't take German, this is common for target languages: I would check YouTube for Pixar movies or Disney movies or just straight up classics in German. My brother had to watch finding nemo in German for his German class and really enjoyed it! I would also recommend not having captions. I know this sounds strange, even if it's German captions. Do. Not. Have. Captions. Through the entire movie you'll just be reading the captions and translating in your head rather than thinking the movie through trying to undetand the language through hearing it. Even if you don't understand even 50% of it, that won't matter. What matters is becoming immersed and just familiarising yourself with the language
Thank you for this post! I'm going to follow it! I had downloaded TuneIn Radio which plays podcasts from all across the world. I've been listening to a channel dedicated to learning German while going to bed, and during the day there are children stories and music that I can listen to as well.
I listen to Deutschlandfunk on Tunein Radio - it's a spoken word radio station. It's helping me a lot.
I second using Bliu Bliu and Pimsleur.
I also recommend Fluent U, for the videos. The children's songs have helped me with genders and declensions.
Also, look for a good language partner! There are sites like LiveMocha to find one remotely, or just ask around. Nothing really pushes you to learn like having a live conversation.
Consider too -- what do you read in your current language(s)? For example, I love folklore. So for my practice, I read Grimm's children's stories. Find reading you will like regardless of language, then stretch your fluency that way.
Thank you so much for the suggestion! I don't think finding books in German should be that hard, either, because I believe German is considered a world language.
No, and there is plenty online. Projekt Gutenberg and LibriVox are good starts.
In preparing for German next year, I starting compiling websites that I've found or seen posted by Duolingo users, and put them in this blog post:
I have many of the ones listed by others, but many more as well. A good list to copy and paste to your own document somewhere. I add to it all the time, so maybe bookmark it?