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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Amyo
Amyo

I am using the A2 course at dw.com (as a supplement to Duolingo, or vice versa). It’s called Nicos Weg.

fairyhedgehog
fairyhedgehog

I like Nicos Weg too!

Gardner West-Bound
Gardner West-Bound

I have also used DW. I have progressed to Level BII and am also doing their numerous stages of “Hilfte Harry!”

Ahmad Mazaheri
Ahmad Mazaheri

Ich benütze heutzutage , ein ausgezeichneter Kurs von Bruce Duncan aus Darmstat Universität .
Bis Morgen.

Elsa
Elsa

Hello, Emanuel!
I’m back!!! Loved my trip to Germany and the concert by the Sohne Hamburgs :)
My German improved oodles just from my spending a week there!
More to the point of today’s lesson, I had German class yesterday and my teacher told us about online resources. I actually suggested your site and we even watched the video where you and Janusz argue. My colleagues and I had fun watching it and our teacher wrote down a few expressions and the translations for us to learn!
So that will be 10 pounds for the free advertising, you can pay via bank transf…. oh, shoot, I’m not supposed to post my bank details online :)))
Joking, obviously… she also suggested a video named “Nico’s Weg”, which is about a guy from Spain (allegedly, he’s actually a German actor, so he speaks perfect German) who’s struggling with Deutsch!!
Bis Morgen

parisbongi
parisbongi

Other resource: there is this really weird thing with paper pages between thicker cardboard covers, it is apparently called a ‘book’ … ;) An old German grammar book I found in the basement – I use it for reference and some exercises.
I’ve listened also to some podcasts like DW.

fairyhedgehog
fairyhedgehog

Oh, I didn’t think to add in my dictionary, google translate, and my Collins Easy Learning Complete German. I use that last one a lot to help out with verbs.

Roger
Roger

Has anyone tried Speechling ? (I paid too much and should have paid for one month only to try it. Now having paid more I need to use it more. The concept is excellent. I wish it could be done with Emanuel as the tutor !!! Be careful not to pay too much. I would prefer to have paid Emanuel.)

In Speechling they give you German sentences to speak into a laptop mic (and maybe a phone); then in a day or less you get an email link to their language lab, where you get a rating of your speaking, or a button to re-record a correction of your pronunciation mistake if necessary. Everything spoken by them and by you goes into a personal online diary.

Another similar one which works in writing only is Clozemaster where you build a progressive score and a chart of your performance.

I am interested in any experiences of these two and any other “testing” type resources. Both those mentioned have the Premium version that you pay for. Are they really worth it? My guess is yes in small subscription payments or free version only, but I keep returning here like a bee to honey pot !!

Emanuel is addictive and more motivating than all the others !! I did German at uni, and although it generated my first interest in German, Emanuel keeps making it so interesting and I await his every email with increasing excitement !!

Roger
Roger

Now I’ve just looked at a basic level Nico’s Weg video … it looks very addictive … Emanuel we need to see you in more videos like Nico !!! I saw you arguing with Janusz … let’s have more !!!

Roger
Roger

Oh ja, das habe ich vergessen. Bevor ich Emanuel fand, mag ich Barbara auf Yabla – eine weitere Bezahlseite. Wir brauchen Emanuel nur, um die besten Ideen von allen Seiten zu nutzen, und er wird bald ein Multimillionär sein. Aber ich hoffe, er verliert nie seine lustige Teenagerpersönlichkeit.

fairyhedgehog
fairyhedgehog

I’m using Clozemaster all the time, and occasionally I pay for a month’s pro version. It’s not especially better than the free version but I like to support where I can!

stosselgg

I use Duolingo for Grammer and Memrise (German 1-7) for vocabulary. I find your explanations of work origin very helpful for remembering the deeper meaning and usage of words. Covering German slang also demystifies some of the translations I’ve run across elsewhere.

Turtles
Turtles

It’s nice being able to compare with one another

MICKEYMAN
MICKEYMAN

Had German in HS, fell in love. Been studying by myself. I Take your course which is amazing and informative. I also use Rosetta stone. I make up simple converstations and questions and move on to grammer and syntex. With that said, I am making amazing progress. Keep up the great course and today I learned about a few more avenues to explore

Anonymous
Anonymous

I use Mango and I am happy with it. I feel that it can help me apply so much grammar I have learned so far.

Mary LaFrance
Mary LaFrance

i lived there for 2 years and my German speaking friends wake me up every morning to chat on what’s app. Google translate is helpful on the fly but hearing spoken German is always the best. IMO

RsKs81101
RsKs81101

Two additional resources: SmarterGerman (https://courses.smartergerman.com); Glossika (https://ai.glossika.com/language/learn-german).

TheAlchemistress

Absolutely support and recommend Michael’s Smarter German. He has a great sense of humor, great practical tips and some good techniques to learn it rather than memorize. I also enjoy the Coffee Break German magazine this season–podcast. They read interesting texts and break down the grammar, vocabulary, etc.

Marian
Marian

I use Memrise and like that fairly well for vocabulary. Also Lingoda which makes me speak and some e books I get on Kindle to help learn.

Vorlaufer
Vorlaufer

I use Nico’s Weg as well. Highly recommended. I am constantly taking screen captures on my cellphone for further review.
This is my first post here. German is Easy has become my best resource. Other resources are a local German newspaper, and I am trying to wade my way through Eric von Dänikens ‘Aussaat und Kosmos’.

TomBambadil
TomBambadil

hi,
I focus on grammar, vocabulary, and reading.
none of these dishes, but something like a crème brulée: hard part and soft part very delicious.
to have access to youtube is not very easy and honestly when I can get it. it’s not for German, but for listening to Tchaikovsky, Brodin, Orff, etc. Yes, shame on me!
I had Easy Deutsch but it’s not on youtube. I had it in my inbox These days I receive another advent calendar from Dilyana but I can not use it I click on the days but nothing happens it is just to make you feel as a mouse looking and trying to catch a piece of cheese behind a window. Very frustrating.
I have an old book from Inlingua Institute and when I have a question I write it in a motor search of yahoo. and I think I found your website this way. Oh, today Dilyana’s calendar and yours were on my spam box and when iI tried to put them to my inbox yours disappeared. So I get today’s calendar by yesterday’s post!!??
I turn to 90. And yes when Thought.co was About.com, I liked and found very interesting Ingrid Bauer’s German lessons.
But unfortunately, she is no more there.
I think I answered to all questions.
Bis morgen.

Poyma
Poyma

Easy German, German is Easy, Frölich Deutsch on youtube, plus various snippets from tv and radio news and programmes. The apps like duolingo are somewhat helpful.Im thinking there is no silver bullet here, just stay patient, keep sniffing out more opportunities to hear, read and speak German, and keep going!

Kayla
Kayla

I use Memrise for vocab and a couple of podcasts for listening: Slow German w Annik Rubens, and the Coffee Break German series. I’ve listened their first and second series two times each, and now listen to their Coffee Break Magazine series. I also use your articles of course, they definitely supplement the stuff I listen to, since I’m really a visual learner. I like Easy German videos a lot, especially the ones where Cari takes a concept and explains it (ie the difference between ‘in’ ‘zu’ and ‘nach’). I feel like Ive tried it all: classes at Goethe (too much of a time suck and the last class I registered for got cancelled) Skype lessons (too nerve wracking and my computer’s sound isn’t good) Duolingo (gave me a good start but got tired of it) Mango Languages, Rocket Languages, Anja’s app, my own flashcards on Anki, Get Germanized, a few easy books. REALLY what I need is speaking. I feel like everything else would have a lot more meaning if I could bring it all together with speaking practice. I have been trying to find an in person tutor for conversation practice but so far no luck.

Mustafa
Mustafa

Hello Emanuel!

That’s my first comment here. I’m slowly getting addicted to your blog. It’s really great man:)
My main source is a real life course, taught by a native German. She’s very good and the book she chose is very condensed and really makes a fast progress. It’s called ,,DaF Kompakt Neu”.
But the course has never been enough. I’ve started learning since 8 months and everyday I have to watch an Easy German video (btw my favorite is yours with Cari about cultural shockes in Berlin, it’s amazing) or listen to German music. I also like to watch movies, documentaries and reports from ,,WDR for you”
Also there’s a wonderful magazine called ,,Deutsch Perfekt” I like to read some articles while commuting to college.

Flavia
Flavia

Ich benutze Podcast!!
Coffee Break German ist wunderbar. Und DW hat auch viele Podcast und Deutschkurs, wie „Nicos Weg“ und „Harry gefangen in der Zeit „, alles auch wunderbar!

Dan Talley
Dan Talley

For beginners I found Fluenz German very useful

Anonymous
Anonymous

Am I missing something, or have you stopped writing the introduction to the weekly “lesson” in German? And if you have stopped, why? I looked forward to reading it in German, and then checking to see if I understood it correctly (by reading the English translation). Thanks.
M.