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What Is The Best Way To Learn German?  
User currently offlineB727 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 521 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3604 times:

As the topic states? CD's books, perhaps a class?


Thanks,
B727
Glenn

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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3599 times:

I went to the Goethe Institute in Germany. If you have the time (and the cash) it is the best way.
I did two summers there, 8 weeks 8 hours a day.

After that I worked and lived in Germany.


www.goethe.de/enindex.htm


User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8565 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3587 times:
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marry/shack up with one ?


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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3575 times:

The best way to learn a language is to spend as much time as possible in a country where the language is spoken. In your case Germany, definitely not Austria or even Switzerland because those guys are speaking everything else than proper German.  Wink

I learnt more English during an 8 week stay in California than I learnt in 12 school years.

Patrick


User currently offlineMax999 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 1046 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3566 times:

Try the Deutsche Welle website; there's a free online German learning section. It has free MP3s you can download and PDF files to print out.

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/0,1595,2548,00.html



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User currently offlineBeowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 734 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3559 times:

Not even a month ago there was a similar topic
Learning German.. Help Needed (by UAalltheway Dec 7 2005 in Non Aviation)
IIRC, there were some good suggestions made in that thread.

There is a search function, and it works quite well.  wink 


User currently offlineKrushny From Spain, joined Dec 2000, 776 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3548 times:

The best way to learn a language is to spend as much time as possible in a country where the language is spoken. In your case Germany, definitely not Austria or even Switzerland because those guys are speaking everything else than proper German.

From my experience, I do not advise to travel to Germany to practise the German language. Those guys are so damn polite that the moment they see you struggle with German, they switch to English instantly to make you feel more comfortable.
Try Austria instead, Österreicher seem to be prouder of their heritage and they will gladly hold a conversation tolerating your atrocious German.

Maybe Eastern Germany is different; my experiences were in the 80's Bundesrepublik and damn, I even did more German practise in Yugoslavia or Hungary than in Germany!!!


User currently offlineB727 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 521 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3529 times:

My father was from Austria, this is the main reason I want to learn, but he lives across the contry from me.


B727


User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3502 times:

Go to Germany.

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User currently offlineStlgph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9363 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3495 times:

I know of a few people who have bought cabaret and Broadway show cast albums in English, then turned around and bought the German cast recordings of the same show. She has been been able to pick up quite a bit.


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User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3483 times:

Don't learn German from the books. Maybe its me, but I wouldn't recommend this technique. I've studied German language 4 years in Elementary school, 3 years in High school and 6 months (after that I came to USA) in college.
All those years I was B student, but when I went to Germany two months ago as a tourist I had to use English language to get around. I didn't understand a word they were saying to me  Smile (Trip report from my trip to Germany and Luxembourg is comming very soon).

When I came to this country I didn't speak English at all! I just knew "Hi, how are you, yes, no and thank you" - thats it.
I took some English evening class in High school. Mostly we talked - our teacher didn't want us to start with writing. After only 2 weeks I could communicate like regular immigrant  Smile And I landed very decent job which is still my job after 9.5 years.

Rafal


User currently offline9V-SPF From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1375 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3473 times:

Quoting Krushny (Reply 6):
Maybe Eastern Germany is different

Definitely not. Eastern Germany is not a good place to learn the language either because german is not very commonly spoken there.  Wink


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3471 times:

Quoting 9V-SPF (Reply 11):
Definitely not. Eastern Germany is not a good place to learn the language either because german is not very commonly spoken there.

What do the speak then in "Eastern Germany"?


User currently offlineBigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2365 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3464 times:

Marry a German  Wink

Plenty hot women..

The blondes are better I hear


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3448 times:

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 12):
What do the speak then in "Eastern Germany"?

It is actually rare that East Germans speak at all, they are pretty busy with boozing the whole day since every second person there is jobless.  Wink  duck 

Patrick


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21460 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3448 times:

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 12):
What do the speak then in "Eastern Germany"?

By the cliché, they're of course all speaking with a heavy saxonian dialect... Big grin

It does resemble german to a degree, but just somewhat remotely.

Of course in reality there are multiple dialects in the east, and many eastern germans are in fact speaking proper german (or they can, at least).

Language-wise you still may have better luck in one of the larger cities in the west (except Munich, of course ).


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3435 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 15):
the cliché, they're of course all speaking with a heavy saxonian dialect

Yes, but every region has their own Dialect. I learned German near STR but didn't speak Schwaebisch, not did I learn Schwitzer Dutsch in CH.

Quoting Klaus (Reply 15):
Language-wise you still may have better luck in one of the larger cities in the

I disagree.

I spent most of my time in small cities when I was learning the language. This forced me to use my skills rather then be confronted by people who wanted to practice their english.


User currently offlineNordair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3425 times:

Date Moe!  Smile

....


User currently offlineCurtisMan From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1002 posts, RR: 50
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3423 times:

Quoting Nordair (Reply 17):
Date Moe!

I always wondered why you were so fluent in German.



 Wink
Len



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User currently offlineGRZ-AIR From Austria, joined Apr 2001, 574 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3375 times:

Come to any CITY in Austria and you will hear and learn proper german around people who have a high school degree!


"..In your case Germany, definitely not Austria or even Switzerland because those guys are speaking everything else than proper German."

Sabena, I speak better German (Ja, HOCHDEUTSCH) and better English than you, you little P-U-N-K!!! *just kiddin'*  Smile Big grin  Wink



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