UAalltheway
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Learning German.. Help Needed

Wed Dec 07, 2005 9:09 am

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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RE: Learning German.. Help Needed

Wed Dec 07, 2005 9:14 am

achtung!! baby  Smile
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RE: Learning German.. Help Needed

Wed Dec 07, 2005 9:22 am

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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MattCLE
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RE: Learning German.. Help Needed

Wed Dec 07, 2005 9:38 am

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
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RE: Learning German.. Help Needed

Wed Dec 07, 2005 9:40 am

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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UAalltheway
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RE: Learning German.. Help Needed

Wed Dec 07, 2005 11:36 am

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?
 
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RE: Learning German.. Help Needed

Wed Dec 07, 2005 1:17 pm

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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RE: Learning German.. Help Needed

Wed Dec 07, 2005 7:52 pm

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 

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RE: Learning German.. Help Needed

Wed Dec 07, 2005 7:58 pm

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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RE: Learning German.. Help Needed

Wed Dec 07, 2005 8:06 pm

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.

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RE: Learning German.. Help Needed

Wed Dec 07, 2005 8:19 pm

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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RE: Learning German.. Help Needed

Wed Dec 07, 2005 9:15 pm

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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RE: Learning German.. Help Needed

Thu Dec 08, 2005 12:51 am

german.about.com is good. Also try purchasing the book english grammar for students of german.
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RE: Learning German.. Help Needed

Thu Dec 08, 2005 2:37 am

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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RE: Learning German.. Help Needed

Thu Dec 08, 2005 2:45 am

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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RE: Learning German.. Help Needed

Thu Dec 08, 2005 2:53 am

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
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RE: Learning German.. Help Needed

Thu Dec 08, 2005 3:03 am

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 

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RE: Learning German.. Help Needed

Thu Dec 08, 2005 5:46 am

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.

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RE: Learning German.. Help Needed

Thu Dec 08, 2005 5:58 am

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

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RE: Learning German.. Help Needed

Thu Dec 08, 2005 6:06 am

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


Tschus,
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