Advent Calender 2019 – “Tell me more”

 

Tell me more

 

Hi guys,

day 8 of the Epic German Learning Calendar and today we’ll not learn any German.
Instead, we’ll learn something about ourselves, so to speak :).
Last year, I made a little questionaire to get to know you a little better, and because I’m super curious I decided to do it again. This year, the focus is on how you learn German – specifically the material you’re using.
I’m especially curious as to which Youtube channel is the most popular among you. I suspect Easy German, but you never know :).
So yeah, if you have a minute, please partake in my little poll so I can better select which ads to serve you here in the future.
Nah… I AM KIDDING. There will never be ads here. Unlike on Youtube, by the way. Soooo many ads now. It’s annoying.
Anyway… here are the questions :).

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What do you focus on in your German learning?

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What's your main way of learning German?

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Which of these online systems are you using (the most, select up to 2)?

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Which of these Youtube Channels are you using the most (select up to 3)

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How old are you?

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How satisfied are you with your progress in German (relative to the effort :)?

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If German were a dish, what would it be?

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Oh and if you have a good resource that I didn’t mention please share it in the comments.
Have a great day and see you tomorrow!

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AlexP1960
AlexP1960
1 year ago

I started 3.5 years ago (as an absolute beginner) with Assimil course which is very efficiently designed in my view: 100 funny short stories with only really required grammar comments.
 
Then I bought Sicher B2 course and continued listening in parallel to Easy German and Jenny.
 
My current favourites are you and Lera (DeutschLera) although your styles are very different.

Thank you once again for the effort. It seems I am getting really obsessed with your site:)

dljon
dljon
2 years ago

I have used German to Go. It is a pay course, and well organized. Juliane has quite a few videos from the course on YouTube. I have also like German with Jenny videos

Joao
Joao
2 years ago

IchHeisseSherin ist auch ein sehr gut wahl für deutsch lernen!

PeterB
PeterB
2 years ago

I’m surprised nobody mentioned yet LingQ.com, which is a great generic tool for reading and listening. I also use my own decks in Anki, which is efficient for those times when other methods would not be easy to use (for example, waiting in line somewhere).

Denis
Denis
2 years ago

I love your in depth explanation of words. It really makes them stick and helps my vocabulary. Thanks:)

Marie
Marie
2 years ago

Latecomer… My schedule was totally hectic these last few weeks so I’m catching up. That’s “YourDailyGerman binge reading” for you, an’ I’m lovin’ it :)
I wanted to share a site I haven’t seen in the comments : readlang.com. You read a text (you can either choose in the library or import texts yourself), you click on words or idiomatic expressions you don’t understand and it gives you a traduction. But that’s not the real interesting point (I’m not for reading with a dictionary, if it were only that I wouldn’t like it). The site remembers the words you clicked and creates flash cards out of them, with the context. Not just a word and its translation, but a sentence and a gap and you fill in (great for word order too!). I was very keen on Anki before I found this site, and haven’t re-opened Anki ever since! Really useful.

I love reading all the etymological things in your blog. That’s really different from what we read on other resources and that’s really great.

My best resource is still my boyfriend, but sorry, I’m not going to share.

Wanted to share a huge success: a few weeks ago I was in Hambourg, spoke only German from the minute I arrived there. And in the evening I met a friend who can hardly spek German: we tried to speak English but I kept switching back to German! My brain was completely addicted I think.
(must add that English is not my native language, though, as you may have guessed reading my clumsy phrasing)

patrik.osgnach
patrik.osgnach
2 years ago

Few comments: I’m a proud financer of German with Jenny, my main learning way is surviving in a country which loves its German and its regional dialects and I compare German with sauerkraut: I couldn’t stand it before moving to Austria, but now I would have it for breakfast

Rakesh
Rakesh
2 years ago

I use herrprofessor.com

Akosua Heather
Akosua Heather
2 years ago

Ich möchte ein Paar anderen Resourcen erwähnen, die ich benutze, und zwar die folgende Youtube Kanäle: Deutsch mit Marija, Business Deutsch mit Vasilena, Auf Klo (das ist kein Deutschlern Kanal aber es ist interessant und hat deutschen Untertitel), und My German Short Stories.

Am meisten lerne ich deutsch durch Youtube. Ich schaue jeden Tag Youtube Videos auf Deutsch an, Deutschlern Kanale und eben auch einfach Kanäle zum Themen, die mich interessieren. Ich höre auch regelmäßig verscheidene Podcasts (Easy German, Forschung Aktuelle, Eine Stunde History, Das Thema) – manchmal höre ich 2 oder 3 mal zu, um alles zu verstehen. Ich lese Bücher so oft wie möglich (am meisten, während ich pendeln), versuche mit meinem Mann deutsch zu sprechen (aber nicht so oft wie ich das sollte) und versuche jeden Tag ein wenig zu schreiben in eine oder andere Form – Whatsapp oder kurze emails schreiben, Tagebuch führen, Kommentare auf Youtube (oder das hier z.B. :) ) hinterlassen. Seitdem ich versuche, deutsch in meinem Alltag zu lernen und verwenden, ist mein deutsch rasch besser geworden. Das größte Problem ist, dass ich lerne am meisten passiv, und das heißt, dass mein Hör- und Leseverständnis viel besser als mein Sprechen und Schreibsprache sind. Deswegen versuche ich im Moment öfter aktiver zu lernen, indem ich versuche mehr Zeit mit schreiben und sprechen zu verbringen.

Gabriela
Gabriela
2 years ago

Hello!
I use the app Tandem, where I got to know great people with whom I learn to speak proper German and in exchange I teach my mother tongue (in this case Spanish).
Cheers!

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

I watch shows on mhzchoice.

Grubbygrubster
Grubbygrubster
2 years ago

I think “Deutsch mit Martin” is a great YouTube channel for German grammar. Although, I think not as well known as it should be. It is completely in German, so not for absolute beginners, but he speaks very slowly and clearly.

Davide Roccato
Davide Roccato
2 years ago

“What do you focus on in your German learning?”
To be honest, in this question, I’d have answered everything at the same time. I do have different resources where I try to balance everything and try to understand something.
What’s the hardest part when you don’t know the language at all is the beginning. And trying to find the perfect resources and balance for your level and weakness. Then you’ll change resources or integrate others when you can increase your level of comprehension.

At the moment I’m using:
3 different grammar books
a simple book to read and another ebook to read
ANKI for self vocabulary
Seedlang (awesome)
your blog to go deeper and stay engaged
udemy courses
a german partner to read, write and exchange info
reading load newspaper news by myself
youtube channels at my level
… probably other stuff I don’t remember now

Many other resources are in my bookmarks already because learning a language is a long journey.

You’re doing a great work, thanks.

Adrian
Adrian
2 years ago

After 2 years of German at school many years ago, and a couple of attempts at getting beyond the basics (The Michel Thomas CDs, briefly a lunchtime course with a tutor whilst at work), I started to work at it more regularly at the beginning of this year. Initially I found Andre Klein’s books (Dino Lernt Deutsch) a good refresher – a couple of chapters over coffee each morning – then moved to his krimi series. Audio versions are available though I mainly just read on a Kindle. There are a range of other ebook titles for learners, and I’ve also used quite a few of those.
Online: Apart from this excelent site :) – Exr@ video series was fun; I quite liked the DW Nico’s Weg, (turn on the german subtitles), though found a distinct jump in difficulty at the A-B level – I tried watching them all as complete films, perhaps too much in one go. Some of the other DW series look useful, and ‘Mit Rahel unterwegs…’ from Goethe Inst. Easy German of course, and occasionally Dont Trust the Rabbit for entertainment…
And books – I still have a 1968 copy of ‘A Skeleton German Grammar’, Henry Atkins (probably only available second hand now) – the most concise reference book I’ve come across (<100pages), with all the endings, changes etc printed in red, and verbs given first in first person singular (which shows whether separable etc).

Adrian
Adrian
2 years ago
Reply to  Emanuel

I’ve not tried the interactive book – maybe I should look again…

Mark
Mark
2 years ago

My main Youtube channel is Deutsch mit Marija. She was originally a foreign learner of German, so she can explain the differences between words with similar meanings, or at least words that are similar from an English-speaker’s perspctive. Aside from watching videos almost daily I attend a C1 course in Vienna, take part in Sprachtandems and do some self-study as well. In addition my job is conducted in German. I’m thnkful for my colleagues’ patience as I stumble through daily interactions with them!
I’ve found the app “Word Bit” helpful while I’m whiling away time on the U-Bahn or tram. It’s a quick way to review and learn (oberflächlich) new vocabulary.
I’m aiming to take the ÖSD C1 Prüfung sometime in spring/summer 2020.

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank you! I am very encouraged! You are giving me courage to continue

Daniel R Silva
Daniel R Silva
2 years ago

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been in here!
Best place to learn up to date vocabulary and much other stuff in the german language world.
Thank you for the commitment to it, it’s profoundly appreciated.

Californiagogirl
Californiagogirl
2 years ago

I am trying to refresh (from my Uni days 40+ years ago!) and improve my German, mostly so I am not such a drag on the conversation when I visit my (former) sister in law and young adult niece and nephews every few years. I’ve been focusing on learning Italian, so my German study has taken somewhat of a back seat. In addition to your excellent blog, I sometimes use Coffee Break German. I like the format of a brief conversation followed by a lesson in the form of a discussion, then exercises. I also dip in and out of the DW course, and watch an occasional episode of Easy German. I tried Rocket German (paid) and would recommend it for true beginners, but I didn’t like it for my purposes.
Another great free resource is the University of Michigan Germanic Language and Literature website. There are videos of some of the lectures and vocabulary resources, like tips, helpful links, and flashcards and quizzes with vocabulary from the various courses offered. I’ve only used the desktop version of the flashcards, which I find helpful, but there is a link to download the mobile version which is supposed to be better, if anyone wants to try that. Also good general grammar summaries and self assessment tests under the Grammar Explanations and Exercises heading. https://resources.german.lsa.umich.edu/grammatik/

Click around on the site – lots of resources right there, and suggestions for other blogs, videos, etc.: https://resources.german.lsa.umich.edu/
Also fun – links to videos made by students as part of their final project for one if the courses. https://resources.german.lsa.umich.edu/studierende/231kh/

Adrian
Adrian
2 years ago

You did not mention Rosetta stone