I need your help!

Hey everyone,

ich hoffe, euch geht’s gut :). So there’s something I could use your help with.
Two things actually – a review and then
this blob.
Oh… I mean this BLOG, but man, this cat really needs help, too.

Anyway, let’s start with the review stuff…

 

 

Help me review “Interlinear Books”

What is Interlinear books?
Well, the idea is really simple. Most of you probably know these bilingual books where you have one language on the one side and the translation on the other. Well, in interlinear books you get a line by line translation. But not a “normal” translation. You  get a word for word translation. So you have a German sentence structure, just with English words. Like so:

  • Ich habe heute eine halbe Pizza gegessen.
  • I      have    today    a        half     pizza     eaten.

Now some of you might be like “Wait a minute Emanuel, didn’t you already tell us about that 3 years ago?!?!?!”
And yes, I almost forgot it myself, but I actually did do a review. But I wanna do it again.
Why? Well, my first review is REALLY hard to find as it is kind of hidden at the bottom of a hidden article.
But what’s more important is that I reviewed it back then. But I, Emanuel, doesn’t exist. It is a concept your unconscious has made up; an imaginary friend that helps you not to go crazy over learning German. Yes, that’s right… you had to crazy, not to go crazy. Man, what kind of red wine is that? I feel really weird. Who am I?  Where were we… oh… oh wait, yeah, right. Interlinear books.  So I did review Interlinear Books but the thing is… I’m actually not that qualified because I don’t have to learn German. I’m not learning any language in the present decade … I mean moment. Of course, I can have an opinion but I can’t really tell whether it is any good.
YOU GUYS CAN.  
For me, Interlinear Books was a mixed bag back then, but I do like the idea because it’s something new, and when the people contacted me again now, I felt like I really wanted to get YOUR opinion as language learners.
So that’s why 
I am looking for two of you as test readers.

There’s one title available in German at the moment: Franz Kafka’s “Die Verwandlung”, which a classic of German literature, by the way.
As a test reader, you’ll get a copy for free (it costs $20) and in turn I’d like you to write a short review.

  • How did you like it?
  • What were the downsides, what the ups?
  • Do you think it’s helpful, and why?
  • Would you recommend it?

If that sounds interesting to you and you’d love to be a reviewer then here’s what you have to do:

 Leave a comment and complete the hashtag #Iwant____ .

Kafka’s stuff is pretty random sometimes, so the two most random answers will get the chance to review the book/tool.
UPDATE: CONTEST IS OVER!! Sorry :)
Here’s the link to Interlinear books for more information and a snippet of the product:

Interlinear Books on the Web

And here’s the link to the article that contains my review from 2014 :)

It’s toward the bottom of the post.

All right. So this is the first thing I need your help with. And the second one is… drumroll please….

Improving this blog

There are close to 400 articles here and I’m still gonna add more. But recently, I feel like devoting more energy to improving the stuff that is already there.
One aspect is to review older articles, edit them and trim some fat. Or a lot of fat sometimes.
But that’s just the basics. Here’s some more ideas:

  • adding more audio (it’s about 120 article with audio right now)
  • adding exercises to certain articles (especially the ones of the course)
  • adding a summary box at the end of an article
  • connect some sort of vocabulary training app so you can build a Yourdailygerman-deck as you read

I can’t do all of that at once and I’m sure there’s more ideas  so I’d really love to hear from you what you think would be the most helpful for you as a learner?  Is it audio? A summary? Exercises? Vocabulary? What’s a good app for vocabulary learning?
Let me know in the comments. And also… do you have any wishes about the layout and usability of the site?
I won’t be able to do everything until I my plan of creating a minion army from empty beer bottles finally works but I really appreciate any input and inspiration you have.
So go wild in the comments :).

And don’t forget complete the hashtag #iwant___ with the most random thing possible if you want to win a copy of Interlinear Book and review it.
I’m really looking forward to reading from you!!!!
Eine tolle Woche wünsch ich euch, und bis bald :)

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billkamm
billkamm

#Iwantarubberducky

SpaceshipAfrica
SpaceshipAfrica

I think having a vocabulary deck that corresponds to a spaced repetition application (ex. Memrise or Anki) would be a great addition to your blog. Would really be helpful for reinforcing some of the more advanced vocab and example sentences. #IwantWennIstDasNünstuckGitUndSlotermeyer?Ja!BeiherhundDasOderDieFlipperwaldtGersput!

Graham Coady
Graham Coady

I agree with Spaceship Africa. I never thought I’d write that. I use Brainscape as a flash card app and the repetition helps. A deck included in a lesson would be useful.

Paul E Ramoni Jr
Paul E Ramoni Jr

#Iwant____ #Iwantaunifiedtheoryofgerrmanwordorder

Megan Holloran
Megan Holloran

Ich möchte gern ein paar Aktivität oder Übungen pro Posten! #IwantdasbuchzurezensierenalsEnglischlehrerin

Naomi
Naomi

#Iwantalioncub
Also I think the vocab excercises and training would be the most helpful. I’ve only used memrise before and it seemed to be a good platform, but couldn’t find any good vocab lists that suited whatever I was learning at the time. I often use quizlet to help me study Japanese vocab and find that easy to use, however maybe memrise is better for adding things like sentence structures to practice. I love your blog all the cool insights into specific random parts of german. I learnt as an exchange student in Switzerland last year, and find it really helpful to have actual rules explained sometimes.

Christopher Person
Christopher Person

I never heard of that learning method before, even though I study linguistics at university. Very interesting concept!
#iwant

Christopher Person
Christopher Person

#iwantalongandcurlyblondwig

Nicklas
Nicklas

Ich mühe mich damit ab, Die Verwandlung zu lesen. Solch eine Ressource wäre eine große Hilfe für mich. #IWantTheVoidToSwallowMeWhole

Ubungmachtdenmeister
Ubungmachtdenmeister

#IWantdasRindfleisch­etikettierungs­überwachungs­aufgaben­übertragungs­gesetz

Hakan
Hakan

Hey, just a quick thank you to all the kind souls who decided to pay a little extra to sponsor those who can’t. You’re awesome!

Renee de la Prade

#Iwantahouseblimp It’s just like a house boat but attached to a blimp. It should be at least medium-sized so there’s room for two cats, instruments and electro bikes. And, uh room enough to sleep somewhere and cook something. I promise not to drop poop or kitchen scraps on peoples’ houses I will be a responsible blimp-driver.

Renee de la Prade

In regards to website improvement ideas: It would be friggin’ awesome if there was a Deutschegrammatikbungsgymnasium section where students can prep for the Deutsche B1 and B2 exams. In the meantime I am training up for the B1 by reading romance novels I found in the free box. They are really stupid but at least there are phrases like “mannlische Leidenschaft”. Although I do worry that my nipples may turn into Brustwarzen if I keep reading romance novels in German…

Renee de la Prade

Oops I misspelled Deutschegrammatikübungsgymnasium. Oh the shame…

Winston
Winston

#IWant to review Interlinear books or to follow on the line of nonsensical meanlingless funny and riveting forewords before an interesting new german leaning theme(Nice job Emanuel – I love the comments); because being a german leaner one of the things I find very time consuming is when reading german books I have to translate many words by typing them into my phone or after my phones battery runs out because I have had to look up so many words then taking even longer to look the words up in a german dictionary! The concept of already having the words translated word for word rather than sentence for sentence is a very very appealing concept! One which I would love to test and write a review about! Vielen Dank für Ihnen helfen! winston

Chuck Gleaves
Chuck Gleaves

I want moderate to severe omniscience.

Peter Milligan
Peter Milligan

Metamorphosis/Die Verwandlung is one of my favourite stories: so much so it’s central to a comic book that I’m writing (Kid Lobotomy, out now, written by me, Peter Milligan). So…this sounds interesting for a number of reasons. Ich wurde genre versuchen, und danke fur den blog!

Ano Menschkind Königin
Ano Menschkind Königin

Really? Where can we read it? :)

Emil J Wisekal
Emil J Wisekal

#Iwant – Thank you for the opportunity to review Interlinear books. I have been following you on-line lessons for a year, and find them interesting and funny and USEFUL for remembering what you have taught about the German language.

Word-for-word translation MAKES ME THINK. It is useful for learning and remembering. It helps me when I explain to non-German speakers whom I meet and educate (when they allow me to) because it shows the non-German speaker “where the German speaker is coming from” when he/she makes a declaration, a statement or asks a question.

Danke dir. Thank you,

Trever Arnold
Trever Arnold

#Iwantnocheinbier

Boyd
Boyd

#Iwantanewpresident

Robert Cook
Robert Cook

#Iwanttotrythisfürshitsandgiggles