A couple of things

Hello everyone

and welcome to the blog with the most nichtssagend title ever :).
Like anyone is like…  “Oh, a couple of things, that’s exactly what I was waiting for. ”
But title shmitle… I just couldn’t think of anything better. There are just a couple of things I wanted to talk about.
And the first one is a big, fat, huuuuuge, colorful

D A N K E S C H Ö Ö Ö Ö Ö Ö Ö N !!!!!

What for?
For all your donations!!!! There are a few coming in every month, which is awesome, but in October you really knocked it out of the park because:

It was actually enough to pay my rent… and get a few beers!!!

WOW!!!
The things is… I know that the articles here are far from perfect, often too long and full of mistakes sometimes; but this blog is a part time job for me by now with about 15  hours weekly. I want it to grow and do more things but it needs to pay in some way. But at the same time, I don’t want to exclude anyone. It might not be many of you but I know that there are people for whom some 5 bucks subscription fee really would make all the difference and I really don’t like the idea of being like “No, you can’t read that because you’re too poor”. I mean… we’re not talking about caviar and fast cars here, we’re talking about educating yourself. And that’s a thing that should be available to everyone, period. It’s best for the whole society. What? Oh… that’s right Donald Trump… I’m a god damn socialist :).
Seriously though, I just think that “pay what you can afford” is a really great model in theory. And in October, you guys showed that it could work in practice. I can’t even tell you how happy that made me. Sincerely… thank you!
And if you’re now like
“I get it. Where do I need to go” … Here are the two options: You can send me a one time payment through Paypal (no login required), you can make it reoccurring or you can become my patron on Patreon.com… basically another way to support this on a monthly basis.

 

EDIT… membership model now :)

Oh and don’t think a dollar doesn’t cut it. It does. One man’s dollar is the other man’s 100. And if everyone reading this were to give a dollar I would have 98 solid Dollars… meh, a little more probably :).
Now, October didn’t only make me very happy… it also means that I have to work less on my day job (I’m a sort of bar manager, in case you’re wondering) and it was very motivating.
All right. Moving on.

Layout ideas

The second thing I wanted to talk about is the blog itself. I’m about to move to a new host that’ll give me more flexibility and I’m thinking about some sort of a redesign because I’ll have more options for layout and functionality. And I figured  you guys are the ones who know best what you want. So my question is…

  • Do you have any suggestions or wishes for the design or for functionality?

Stuff like a search function, or a less wide layout, or a wider layout or a different font, or more colors, or even lesserer colors, some cat pictures… you name it. So if there’s something where you’ve been like “Oh man, I wish the blog had XYZ” let me know.
And that’s already it. This was our look at a couple of things. 
By the way… if you’re wondering whatever happened with the language school review I was talking about a few weeks ago… well, I took all those great ideas from your comments and drew up a questionnaire.  Here it is (consider it a draft):

I think it wound up pretty tough, I think.Like.. if you’re a language school, you really need to think about your answers. I’ve sent it to them a few days ago and I haven’t from them since. So let’s hope we didn’t scare them away :).
Anyway, that’s all for today. Vote for which sucker-word you want to read about and let me know if you have any wishes for the blog’s layout and again… thank you for all your support.
Bis in ein paar Tagen.

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matt
matt

Aren’t eben and gerade both “even”. I know eben has other uses, (hence my selection)…. but ???

kat
kat

They both have TONS of other uses!!

webatxcent
webatxcent

I had always mentally translate gerade as “stay the course” both in literal and figurative situations. One of my earliest memories of learning this word in high school was in the context of “Go straight ahead” Gehen Sie gerade aus.

I would like to know more about particle words in general, but schon in particular. I am reading a book right now where the author has a tendency to write “schon fast sth.” Really? Already almost sth? How does that work :).

Camille Hunt Goldston

Ja. One of my earliest German phrases was learned in the car: gerade aus!!!
:)

Mayer
Mayer

haha geil, habe gerade gewählt – und wieviele votes gibt es jetzt? 98!

regarding the layout, I think being able to choose the font size (or even the font) and the background color (light/dark) would be really great – especially helpful for longer posts :)

rock on ;)

rachelracket

The one thing I would change about the site is the added necessity of having to click on every individual article I’d want to read when scrolling through the homepage. I’d read so much more if the entire article was visible immediately on the homepage, without having to click on ‘continue reading’ everytime. :)
Other than that – keep at what you do, it’s brilliant!

Norah
Norah

Dear Emanuel,

First of all… Thank you for your wonderful and really helpful blog. There is no other online resource for learning German as useful as this one (at least, that I know of). I started reading it sporadically in 2012 when I arrived to Germany to make my Master studies. There were A LOT of things that I could not understand and when I asked, German native speakers were just like “I don’t knooooow, I just speak it”… Or, even worse “is like thah, because it is logic…”. Well, maybe it is logic in German, but not in other languages!!… However, you explain these things for us that need a background and a better understanding of WHY we are saying what we are saying. For that, I am extremely grateful to you…. And yes, when I was just studying I would not have been able to pay for this (not even 1 EUR). Now I do have a job in Germany (in which I have to speak German most of the time) and I think your blog might have to do with it (to be fair I also get to speak English and Spanish, my native language… but still German is the main Geschäftsprache). So, yes, I will start donating… I think it is more than fair! I wanted you to know this because I read a lot of diverse blogs and I have noticed that Bloggers appreciate when their followers share how much their blog has helped them. So, to sum up, DANKE SCHÖN!
A suggestion for the layout… When I find a blog that I really, really like (like this), I like to read ALL of it…. So, I read a couple of posts, and if I am hooked I tend to read it from the first to the most recent post. For this, most of them have something like a “Monthly Archive”, where you can select the month and year and then you can read the post of each month (I think you know what I mean)…. I would love to see that in your blog (maybe it exists, I just haven’t been able to find it). Because yes, I would like to read all of you blog! :) I absolutely dislike the idea of losing the opportunity to impress my German husband and German Bekannte with my knowledge of specific German words… ;)

Have a nice day and thanks again!

solveforxy

I honestly think you are making pretty good use of the mySQL/wordpress functionality. However, I do wonder if a side bar that listed the topics/categories you’ve covered would improve navigation? Just a thought.

As always, I’m looking forward to the next entry that makes me feel like a leaky boat in a storm!

marionhaftel

I agree about the monthly archive idea. I miss so much here and there is so much I would love to go back and read. This blog is well written and entertaining and I feel I learn from it. It keeps me motivated. I have been in Deutschland twice for a total of 9 months so far and will be there again for 6 months beginning in January. It is not so easy to get better when so many People there speak English and want to practice that, but I am getting better and reading this blog is part of that. So I too want to add my thanks.

Daniel Groves
Daniel Groves

Please don’t change the site design! It works too well! Anytime an odd word (like doch) comes up while I’m reading German I just google “doch german is easy” and your article pops up. And definitely, definitely don’t change the way you write articles (especially with voting for what article we want to see next). Your word articles give the best, most in-depth explanations for how to actually use the German language that can be found anywhere. Dictionaries are pathetic at this. Thank you so much for your work!

Anonymous
Anonymous

That is a good Google tip. Soll ich mich es gedacht. (Oder etwas ähnliches). Now I will look up “reflexive pronouns German is easy”

tohaklim

So you are a Barmanager and can’t get a few beers on the house? Damn you are honest

Amir
Amir

I know that the votes for “ja” was not the highest. But I hope you talk about it some time soon.
Using “ja” in the middle of the sentences is rather confusing. Gradually I have learnt how it means but I still cannot use it in my sentences. Often I use it in wrong context or wrong positions in the sentence.

Aaron

Some others mentioned this as well, but it would be great to be able to comb through the archives. I like the word of the day posts and wish I could get a list of all the words you’ve covered.

koolio
koolio

Just please God don’t start using Cloudflare. :)

Your format is great, just the index or table of contents or whatever could use more updating, but that’s what googling’s for anyway.

Josh B
Josh B

I remember being a new learner of German, and by chance I stumbled upon your blog. I’ve been an active reader for about a year now, and have ended up donating once. There are a few things that have made me stay, but the main thing is your very lengthy explanations paired with your very many examples. I can read one blog article, understand the contents, and have enough material to study for a week(: it’s great, and it makes your blog a one of a kind resource for german. If you are taking suggestions though, I would comment that when you switch to a new host you should reorganize the table of contents/index/all your word gems. For a new learner, it would be nice to see specific categories of the words you have done ie. those weird verbs that are not really taught, have multiple meanings, and are used all the time (kriegen). When I first stumbled upon your blog I just saw a bunch of words in the contents and so clicked randomly. The first article I read of yours was the one on “Der Schrank”. It went completely over my head haha and did not seem useful at all for me as a beginner. If it wasn’t for my sheer determination to learn german at that time, I would’ve never come back. Since your website caters to both experts and beginners, it would be wise to better document your work such that it is more easily accesible by each audience. When a new visitor comes to your blog, the first article they read determines whether or not they will return, therefore by better categorizing your things you can retain more visitors. In short, make your website such that a new visitor like I was, can click on “kriegen”, and not “der Schrank”. (:
best wishes,

Michaël
Michaël

Most importantly, which bar is that you are managing? I’m already donating for YDG, but would love to donate through beer consumption!
And my personal experience: Learning German is utterly depressing, if not by the grammar, vocab, and syntax itself, at least by the fact that German people are extraordinarily picky when it comes to pronunciation—a wonder of sort considering the sheer amount of dialects. Put the emphasis on the wrong syllable, pronounce “Roggen” as “Rogen”, and you’ll be facing blank stares. YDG, with its light side, is one of the very few things keeping me on tracks—mind you, I’m only willing to speak English with my German friends as a result of the aforementioned difficulties, but at least, they can answer in German :-) So thank you for keeping “fun” in “learfuning”. Or putting it in. Well, you get what I mean.

Hartmut
Hartmut

What are some good suggestions you got for “other”?

Siiri
Siiri

Hi! On the new site I would like to see some better functionality for exercises. Now you have the right answers in yellow if I remember correctly. The right answer could be hidden until you click on it to reveal it or something like that :)
Thank you for great work on your blog :)

Alan
Alan

Very nice, I’m glad your blog is growing. I would like some of that beer you’re having…lol. I think it would be nice to have a search box to look for the stuff you have on the “Word of the day tab”, that tab is super useful by the way, I found a lot of things I wanted to learn there. I love this current white layout and the font as well (keep it simple, if possible), I would also suggest you to insert a cat picture somewhere PLEASE..lol (pretty serious on the cat idea)
Thanks for teaching us so amazingly.
All the best for you and your blog Emanuel!!! :)