Skills to learning a foreign language (German)?

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    Jan 14, 2013 7:12 AM GMT
    hey everyone, I have a pretty large vocabulary when it comes to the German language, however I am having a hard time learning the verbs. In any language that I have studies, those have been the hardest. Do any of you RJers have any methods to memorizes more "advance" German verbs.

    Keep in mind, I have been studying for about 2 years but its been on my own and with free stuff from online.
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    Jan 14, 2013 7:58 AM GMT
    I just think it's impossible to learn a language without emersion. I studied a language and kept having to go over and over the same things, but once I moved to the country and was forced to speak it everyday, everything just came together.
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    Jan 14, 2013 1:11 PM GMT
    I speak 3 languages and I don't memorize words and phrases. To me, memorization is short term and you don't learn a single thing. My suggestion is to use the verbs to describe your specific, everyday activities and go from there.
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    Jan 14, 2013 2:30 PM GMT
    Skype with hot German guys ;)
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    Jan 14, 2013 2:54 PM GMT
    Nivek saidSkype with hot German guys ;)


    This isn't a bad idea.

    Also +100 on the immersion idea.

    If you can't afford the trip to Germany, or otherwise can't make it, go on youtube or something and watch German cartoons. The language will be solid, but it will also be very simple since it is aimed at children. In lieu of actually going and being around Germans, this is probably be closest you can get to immersion: immersing yourself in their cultural productions.
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    Jan 14, 2013 2:59 PM GMT
    Practice, practice and, again, practice...
    Hm, did I mention that practicing is the most important? icon_smile.gif
    Thankfully, internet gives you so much opportunity to communicate with Germans. And not only with them icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 14, 2013 4:49 PM GMT
    Larkin said
    Nivek saidSkype with hot German guys ;)


    This isn't a bad idea.

    Also +100 on the immersion idea.

    If you can't afford the trip to Germany, or otherwise can't make it, go on youtube or something and watch German cartoons. The language will be solid, but it will also be very simple since it is aimed at children. In lieu of actually going and being around Germans, this is probably be closest you can get to immersion: immersing yourself in their cultural productions.


    I find quiz shows by far the easiest foreign tv to understand, they have a lot written down and speak slowly. The ones based around words are the best ones of course.

    Once you get better there is a fun daytime soap called Verbotene Liebe (forbidden love) which is set is Düsseldorf and has some cute gay characters in!
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    Jan 14, 2013 6:41 PM GMT
    Well someone above me posted that memorizing words is bad.
    When it comes to German though memorzing words is the only way to learn it. I'd say about 40-50% percent of the German language don't follow set rules.
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    Jan 14, 2013 6:46 PM GMT
    OMG this is great advice...I will do this when I get a course at school and do Rosetta stone everyday. I really wanna learn German, I think it is really sexy.

    ME GUSTA A+ topic!!!!
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    Jan 14, 2013 6:47 PM GMT
    Don't forget about German porn (if you dare) icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 14, 2013 7:10 PM GMT
    Justtrying saidWell someone above me posted that memorizing words is bad.
    When it comes to German though memorzing words is the only way to learn it. I'd say about 40-50% percent of the German language don't follow set rules.
    Good luck icon_smile.gif

    ich weiss, es gibt so viele Ausnahmen.... :S
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    Jan 14, 2013 7:14 PM GMT
    This is a site for language enthusiasts. There are areas to discuss specific languages and methods of learning. You might get tips and find conversation partners.

    http://how-to-learn-any-language.com/e/index.html
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    Jan 14, 2013 7:19 PM GMT
    socalfitness saidThis is a site for language enthusiasts. There are areas to discuss specific languages and methods of learning. You might get tips and find conversation partners.

    http://how-to-learn-any-language.com/e/index.html


    danke! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 14, 2013 7:34 PM GMT
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    Justtrying saidWell someone above me posted that memorizing words is bad.
    When it comes to German though memorzing words is the only way to learn it. I'd say about 40-50% percent of the German language don't follow set rules.
    Good luck icon_smile.gif

    ich weiss, es gibt so viele Ausnahmen.... :S


    Eigentlich sind es nur Ausnahmen ;)
    Aber man lernt das schon mit der Zeit icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 14, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
    Honestly...read childrens books and comic books/cartoons in the language you want to learn. Music videos seem to work well too since all are visual representations of what's going on.
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    Jan 14, 2013 8:18 PM GMT
    As German native speaker I think it´s true, that this language doesn´t follow rules (which has historical reasons).

    So it´s a lot to memorize, and no easy way in sight.

    Even many Germans have problems. ;-)

    "Verbotene Liebe"?! Oh my gosh! icon_eek.gif
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    Jan 14, 2013 8:33 PM GMT
    Obviously you should be listening to more Rammstein
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    Jan 14, 2013 8:38 PM GMT
    Justtrying saidWell someone above me posted that memorizing words is bad.
    When it comes to German though memorzing words is the only way to learn it. I'd say about 40-50% percent of the German language don't follow set rules.
    Good luck icon_smile.gif

    Here I was thinking about learning German.
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    Jan 14, 2013 9:29 PM GMT
    LilPuppet saidOMG this is great advice...I will do this when I get a course at school and do Rosetta stone everyday. I really wanna learn German, I think it is really sexy.

    ME GUSTA A+ topic!!!!


    Dude thats Spanish!icon_lol.gif

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    Jan 14, 2013 11:36 PM GMT
    You can start watching the German news online.

    Deutsche Welle has free German courses, but I haven't tried them.

    Some of the German TV networks have websites where you can stream their programs:

    ARD
    ZDF

    Good luck!
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    Jan 14, 2013 11:56 PM GMT
    Hey I'm French and @HFrenchM will probably agree with me when i say that most of our English Programs but also our teachers are kind of lame,

    The only way i found to improve my english has been to move to the US.
    Even after 18 months my english is still in progress, it's faster to learn in a foreign country than just attending courses.
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    Jan 14, 2013 11:58 PM GMT
    If you're just trying to memorize words, then try http://memrise.com -- it's basically a souped-up flashcard system with timed repetition. It doesn't help much with grammar and usage, but it's good for building vocabulary.

    And I second the suggestion to read kids books -- Harry Potter is available in a bunch of languages as an ebook. If you have a kindle/ipad/whatever, you can even touch the words you don't know, and it will show you the definition in the native language. You can accumulate a vocab list this way, and then shove it into memrise for drills. It's a bit slow to get through a chapter this way, but it really helps!
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    Jan 15, 2013 12:10 AM GMT


    The only way to learn any language is by using it. One of efficient ways is to take an interesting book in German, you can find it on Amazon, and start reading. Take Gunther Grass stories for example or even some Hemingway's translation to German. Try to understand the concept of the sentence and capture the meaning.
    About the grammar. Deutsche sprache ist schwere sprache and it is very hard to learn it - still nobody expects much from a non-native speaker.
    The verbs are complex because with minor change the meaning of the verb changes as well. Bauen, Umbauen, Abbauen....
    Also, consider listening or watching German TV on the interned, Deutsche Welle...just to hear it and catching the meaning...Meeting and conversing with German speaking people is the best...and there are some meetup groups in any major city.

    Viel spass und gute Laune
  • DanOmatic

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    Jan 15, 2013 12:28 AM GMT
    I'm considered a "near native" German speaker (and Dutch speaker, too) I agree with the posts that suggest online sources, especially Deutsche Welle and television programs. Listening to German online radio can add a lot, too.

    Beyond going to a German-speaking country and actually living in the culture for an extended period, another thing I can suggest is just reading a lot of various things: magazines, newspaper articles, novels, short stories, etc. Reading a lot really expanded my vocabulary, both before and during my extended (5 year) stay in Germany.
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    Jan 15, 2013 1:46 AM GMT
    This is relevant to my interests as I've forgotten a lot of the German I learned over the last year