[Video] Me Speaking German / Duolingo Review
I made my second video in German! I think my German has gotten a lot better. I corrected the mistakes I found, but I'd like to know if you hear anything unnatural-sounding or grammatically incorrect...
My pronunciation on a few words is very American when I'm not well warmed up, so it's always worse at the beginning IMO... Let me know what you think about my pronunciation & accent too so I can improve! If you hear anything very wrong I'd like to know! (Someone pointed out the man ordnet zu & kein Deutsch mehr kann errors to me already... :P)
Here's my first video in German, you can maybe hear a difference (at least in audio quality and volume lol)... https://youtu.be/hXoYoDAKIOs
I had a German friend listen to your video and here is a cut and paste of what he said:
He has a very slight accent and sometimes seems to have trouble with the German sch, which resembles to the English sh like in "rush".. other than that, he is pretty good, especially the voice intonation is really good.
Sounds good to me!
Thanks :D Do you mean I say the sch like the English sh or it should be said like English sh? I'll try to look at that and fix it... :o
I would say not to worry about it at all. I'm sure Germans will appreciate you speaking their language. And accents do add a bit of flavor. What's more important than the accent is the content. My cut and paste was to give you positive feedback from a local's perspective.
The video was more than enough to motivate me to open my notes and start studying :) though I have a few questions.
Did you use Duolingo exclusively? other than music as you have mentioned Did you take any language courses before?
Do you have any German speaking friends?
and lastly How do rate your speaking skills, do you find yourself able to understand the native accent?
Great work, wish you the best of luck.
No, I learned German for 4 years in high school but this year I started taking it more seriously, typing to lots of people in German, listening to mostly German music, making these videos, 100 hours of German Netflix, etc... And soon I am gonna start a blog in German! :D
I have had one German friend for almost 4 years, but have been typing exclusively in German for 2 years, and this year I made a couple more German friends. I type to some almost daily, and others every few days.
My speaking skills are maybe B2 I'd say, but my writing/reading/listening is nearly C1, however that is self-assessed. I'm trying to be conservative with that though, because as you can see in the video sometimes Wörter fehlen mir einfach. :P
I can understand most German accents... I watch an Austrian girl on YouTube whose native language is a dialect and she speaks Hochdeutsch with a weird accent but I understand her just as much as anyone else. I also watch a Swiss girl who speaks with less of an accent when she speaks Hochdeutsch. It basically sounds like the difference between British English, American English and Australian English, some people have really thick accents when they speak Hochdeutsch and others don't so much. Netflix & YouTube really help with understanding all voices! :D
May I ask what you have found on Netflix which is in German? I think I've only found one show which had German.
A few years ago, it was much easier to watch various shows from German networks through the internet, but now most of those shows are not viewable outside of Germany (and perhaps Austria and Switzerland).
At the very least all Netflix original content is available with dubbing and subtitles in multiple languages, including German. I've been watching Daredevil wieder auf Deutsch -- tough going for my level but fun nevertheless.
Only annoying bit is that the subtitles don't match the dub; the translations are slightly different. I think it's the trendy thing pedagogically to eschew subtitles, though ...
I use Hola which is a browser VPN and it changed my location to Germany so I can watch everything in German... Between H2O Just Add Water, Orange is the New Black, Sense8, Orphan Black and a few random things, I'd say around 100 hours of programming in German.
Hey, nothing wrong with having an accent ;) I enjoy these videos. Great job from what I can tell!
that's very good man ! I subscribed you. How long have you studied German ?
Thanks :D 4 years in school with no prior knowledge of languages, that's why it took so long to get to this point. I didn't really have a interest in languages until last year, and that's when my German got a lot better.
yeah once you find the passion to learn something you will progress really quickly in it ! I noticed that in languages and programming and in other skills also.
I wish I could program but I have 0 passion for that lol. I'd rather learn how to speak Faroese or something rare and practically useless. Even though it wouldn't exactly be productive, I'd enjoy it so much.
You posted your first videos my first week on Duolingo. The positive comments you received in the discussion forum were one of the things that encouraged me to stick with it.
For the haters and learners looking to judge your own level, here are some Mündliche Prüfungen playlists from YouTube. Since listening is easier than speaking, pause the video, try to answer the questions yourself and then click play to hear the actual responses, you might be surprised. I especially like the C2 exam when the tester tries to explain why an answer to an opinion question is incorrect.
Ich bin gerade von einer Reise durch Deutschland zurückgekommen, und ich glaube Sie sprechen genauso gut wie ein Deutscher! Hervorragend!
Mir mag es was kann mir sage/ sagen / sagte -( one of these words work )