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User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1650 times:

I'm currently trying to learn German, but am having a difficult time finding a good course to help me. Anyone know of a good one I could use?

I bought the Rosetta Stone level 1 course a few days ago, but am having the hardest time with it. I've heard nothing but good things about it, but I'm not dealing so well with it. All it does is quiz me- it says something in German, I click on the picture or whatever that corresponds with what they say. Well.. how the heck am I supposed to learn the english > german version of it anyways?! Am I doing something wrong?!

Can anyone reccomend a course that you think WOULD work? Can be anything. You name it; Audio CDs (w/ books), VCR tapes, computer software, anything!

Any/all help is much appritiated.  Smile

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User currently offlineAseem From India, joined Feb 2005, 2046 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1644 times:

achtung!! baby  Smile
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User currently offlineStratofish From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1053 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1639 times:

http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/net/prz/en17082.htm
just klick your way through...

and even though it appears kinda stupid to me:
http://www.uq.net.au/~zzkmunr1/german/exercises/a-lit-and.htm

Any self-learn course with audio-material should be good enough for "survival skills". Just don't get the Austrian version, that's not German what they talk.  duck   Wink



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User currently offlineMattCLE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1629 times:

http://dict.leo.org/

Above is a link to a great German-English, English-German online dictionary. Just type in a word and more times than not it will be translated. You can also hear how the word is pronounced, how a verb is conjugated, etc. A great and fast tool for any German learner.

-Matt  Smile


User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1626 times:

I think the BBC website has a good basic tutorial. Also, the Goethe Institut offers a "Fernkurs" (distance course) which they keep sending me letters about.

It might be worth your time to seek out a course in your area for after school. There's probably a local group somewhere. When learning a language, the interaction is what really teaches you to understand and think in that tongue.



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User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1593 times:

Thanks for the links and quick replys.  Smile Handy sites, indeed.

I'm going to give Rosetta Stone's tech support a call tomorrow and if I can't get anything figured out I'll send it back in for a refund.

Anyone tried or had any luck with the Berlitz courses?


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26593 posts, RR: 75
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1577 times:

I have not used Berlitz, but know from several people that it is a good course. I am surprised at your trouble with Rosetta Stone, because I have also heard nothing but good things.


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User currently offlineBeowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 734 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1560 times:

Quoting UAalltheway (Thread starter):
Can anyone reccomend a course that you think WOULD work? Can be anything.

Get a real tutor or attend a course at the Goethe Institut. This distance-learning stuff requires a lot of discipline and it lacks the interactivity of a real teacher.

Quoting Stratofish (Reply 2):
Just don't get the Austrian version, that's not German what they talk.

Watch it, Mister!  taekwondo  Our pronounciation makes German sound like a nice language.  wink 

Nick


User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1557 times:

Another thing to learn another language...
Come for a 1 or 2 month stay and we all can help you to learn.
There a quite a lot a.net members from germany.
And imagine here are another 80 million natives who speak at least a bit german  Wink



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User currently offlineAMSGOT From Sweden, joined Jun 2005, 337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1555 times:

By experience I can say Pimsleur has great courses, though you won't learn writing as much as speaking and understanding. The thing is, it's so amazingly expensive.

[Edited 2005-12-07 12:24:44]


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User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1552 times:

Quoting Stratofish (Reply 2):
Just don't get the Austrian version, that's not German

Achtung, Baby, there are Austrians on the prowl in this Forum!! Big grin Big grin Big grin

Of course you're totally correct!



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User currently offlineMacc From Austria, joined Nov 2004, 1050 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1536 times:

well, forget about learning german. better try austrian! people will respect you as much more sympathic than with german!  yes 


and as i presently do a spanish course, try the nearest goethe institute or get information at the embassies. usually they can advise something...



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User currently offlineMIA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 874 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1512 times:

german.about.com is good. Also try purchasing the book english grammar for students of german.


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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8455 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1496 times:
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Many years ago I did a course called Deutsch fuer Erwachsene (German for Adults) which concentrated more on learning to speak and understand everyday German than the complicated grammar they teach in school. Of course we learned genders, dativ, akkusativ etc but the emphasis was on getting you out there and communicating. Not so good for self teaching though, it was very interactive with the lecturers (Iga and Gisela!).


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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7960 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1493 times:

Quoting Andz (Reply 13):
it was very interactive with the lecturers (Iga and Gisela!).

No need to elaborate on that .... Big grin



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User currently offlineThorben From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1487 times:

Not one single thread about the German language is possible without the Austrians joining in.  sarcastic 

A couple of years ago, I watched a football match between Cameroon and Austria.

On one side:

-exotic people
-mysterious cults and rituals
-strange food
-not understandable language

on the other side:

Cameroon


User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1480 times:

Quoting Thorben (Reply 15):
Not one single thread about the German language is possible without the Austrians joining in.

A couple of years ago, I watched a football match between Cameroon and Austria.

On one side:

-exotic people
-mysterious cults and rituals
-strange food
-not understandable language

on the other side:

Cameroon

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl   rotfl   rotfl   rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 

Great dude... Danke dafür!!!!



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User currently offlineDeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1701 posts, RR: 34
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1461 times:

Quoting Thorben (Reply 15):
Not one single thread about the German language is possible without the Austrians joining in.

A couple of years ago, I watched a football match between Cameroon and Austria.

On one side:

-exotic people
-mysterious cults and rituals
-strange food
-not understandable language

on the other side:

Cameroon

haha das ist sehr lustig. Osterreicher sind nicht dieses Schlecht!

UAalltheway: The best thing that you can do for yourself is to enroll in actual German classes. I am taking German now in university and I can't tell you how quickly I have picked up on the language. My family is mainly German and my father speaks it fluently so I do have some influence, but truly don't waste your time and money with audio tapes and computer programs. The best thing that you can do is get a good learning guidebook (currently in my course we are using Fokus Deutsch), a good dictionary (Harper Collins Concise German Dictionary), and someone who is well-versed in the language whom you can converse with. My other recommendation is that some point you may want to travel to Germany and spend some time there--that is the best way that you can learn the language. I have been to Germany 3 times now and this January will make my 4th. If there is anything that I can do to help you in your learning process, perhaps answering questions you may have feel free to email me via my profile and I'd be happy to help you out.

Bryan
Viel Gluck!



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User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1457 times:

Quoting DeltaMD11 (Reply 17):
Osterreicher sind nicht dieses Schlecht!

I don't wanna be a nit picker but. You might wann they this with the sentence above:

Österreicher sind nicht so schlecht (schlimm)!

 Smile

Regds
jush



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User currently offlineDan2002 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 2055 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1456 times:

I could probally photocopy my German textbook and email it to you, if that would help any.


Tschus,
Dan



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