Wohoo… win a book!!

Hallo ihr alle,

ich hoffe euch geht es super. I was just taking a took a look at the comment stats when I saw that we’re awfully close to… drumroll

15.000

Fifteen friggin’ thousand.
Woooooooow!! Just wow. 
It’s always really great to read from you. For one thing it’s super motivating and it’s also interesting because you often come up with stuff that I haven’t thought of…like proper spelling :).
Nah, kidding I mean the additional thoughts that help us flesh out ideas even more. (I do apraicite the spelling correction too, they make the articles better so keep ’em coming :)

Seriously, all your great comments are a substantial part of this blog and have kept me going for all this time so now that we’re about to hit 15.ooo… let’s celebrate. I will do that by having … a beer, and you guys can do that by

winning a book!!!


 I’ll put out 3 German learning novels. These are (crime) stories written specifically for learners, with vocab and grammar exercises and an audio CD. It’s a really cool learning tool in my opinion and they are available for different levels from A1 to B2, so that’s great. And if you’re already C1 we can also make it a n”ormal” book… like “Hypnobirthing. Der natürliche Weg zu einer sicheren, sanften und …”… gee, that title is way too long.
So… here’s how you can win:

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Leave a comment telling the person who commented before you why they are awesome and will totally become fluent in German.  Here’s an example

“Dear EinhornMasterGod1980… you’ll became fluent because your name is longer than most German compounds

Hint: you can also use what you tell yourself everyday… just change the name ;).
Really, it doesn’t need to make any sense, as long as it’s motivational.

Comment number 15.000 will get a book. And because not everybody reads the post at the same time, also 14.985 and 15.35 will get one.

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I’m gonna leave a first comment with a fake name now, so the c… oh wait, I didn’t actually want to say that.
Seriously though… you’re all so great. Thanks for all the comments, please keep it up and let’s go for 20.000 next :)
Schöne Woche euch!!

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Tim Muller
Tim Muller

Denn ich der Erste bin, darf ich nur sagen, wie toll ich selbst bin?

Hugh Warren
Hugh Warren

So much to love about German, from your catchy little verbs that leave the punch line hanging until the end of the sentence (who said Germans lacked a sense of humour?), to yourbloodynounsthattakeupthebestpartofawholelineoftypebutatleasthaveasensibleruleaboutgender. Wonderful stuff.

Inge Aiken
Inge Aiken

I can’t see the comments, so I can’t play the game to win the book. But I would love to buy a book! Is there a link? I am only a “beyond beginner” but love the idea of reading a book to learn and motivate me! Thanks!!

"Zombie"
"Zombie"

Congratulations! Love your blog! Keep up the good work

Andrew MacDonald
Andrew MacDonald

Ob du bist #15,000 nach Himmel du gehst, mein freund! Aber vorsichtig! Himmel ist ein “Gated Community.”

Hunter

Dear Bill Kammermeier,
Your German will be legendary. You will one day have the German skills to read original Nietzsche manuscripts and offer novel translations that redefine foundations of both philosophy and German-English translation. You inspire us all.
Sincerely,
Hunter

Dcrogers333
Dcrogers333

Alle diese Kommentare sind groß! Bin ich 15000er jetzt?

SaeedNebo
SaeedNebo

dear Hunter
when you motivate your fellows and speak of them thats something really great now I am sure when somebody like you do care about this site and respond to it it is give me the full credit that you are a persist person and you will make it I believe in you
wish you the best of luck

Franziska
Franziska

Los geht’s, Bill. Ich hoffe, dass wir beide gewinnen. Ich, eine Anfängerin und du ein C1 Meister! German is Easy ist die beste für Deutsch lernen. Herzlichen Dank, Emmanuel.

"Zombie"
"Zombie"

Dear SaeedNebo,
Your words of encouragement really motivated me to study harder. I was vacationing in Germany last month, but I bet you are much more proficient in the German language than I am. In time I hope to be as fluent as you
:)
God Bless.

RuthE
RuthE

Dear SaeedNebo,
Your dedication is so awesome, you are an inspiration to us all. I am certain that one day soon your German fluency will be stellar. Viel Glück!

donwieler

Dear RuthE
Your comment followed quickly and was exactly behind SaeedNebo…..a certain indication you will be fluent in Deutch before you know it.

Woden
Woden

Dear RuthE, you’ll became fluent because you’ve got the intellectual stamina of an android with bear claws

Dan
Dan

Dear Ruth, You’re a nice human being for giving a compliment…which probably means you’re hardworking. That’s a key to becoming fluent, so you’re already 1/2 or 3/4 of the way there. Jedoch hoffe ich das ich gewinnen werde :)

Seljan
Seljan

Dear Dan,

You are awesome. You will very soon speak German like a native speaker. :) Best luck!

Rachel
Rachel

Dear Dan, I hope you will win as much as I’ll win :) after all language learning is a win-win for all. With your enthusiasm, and hopefully the key as well, you will be fluent in no time!

Gee Kleinig
Gee Kleinig

Dear Dan,
You write nice English and you have the courage to write Deutsch. Courage is the most important quality in becoming a fluent in a new language. I am sure you are nearly there.

Steven Yue
Steven Yue

Dear Dan, Thank you for being so kind and considerate. This reflects in your aptitude to being a good at what you do or learn and I am sure your German is progressing fluently well. Viel Gluck!!

CarlosRoig
CarlosRoig

Dear Steven Yue. I know that for an Asian, learning european languages it’s always hard, but don’t give up!! You already learnt English!!! That’s a huge step! German is only a step forward! And remember: No pain, no gain!

jiggers19
jiggers19

I can only assume that Carlos is short for Carlos geht’s! Cus you might as well be german already! Totally nailing it buddy. If I knew half of what you’ve learned in the past couple of hours alone I wouldn’t look out of place flogging my second hand goods at the Flohmarkt am Mauerpark in Berlin!
Seriously though you’re an inspiration for us all so keep up the sterling work! Weiter so!

berlingrabers
berlingrabers

CarlosRoig clearly has the will to win. That’s what it takes to wrestle the German language to the ground and make it cry for mercy.

berlingrabers

Just replying to my own comment so as not to seem like I’m trying to cheat…

On the topic of books, I just recently finally read one of Wladimir Kaminer’s (it was Die Reise nach Trulala), and it definitely hit a sweet spot in terms of my reading abilities – there were terms and expressions I didn’t know, but overall I could read at a comfortable, normal pace (not much slower than reading in English) and just enjoy it.

I’ll probably read more of his stuff, but are there any other writers out there with maybe a similar style, sensibility, and (particularly) who write at a similar level of German?

Anonymous
Anonymous

You will succeed at learning German, because you didn’t cheat in this contest.

Cristina @Linguavert
Cristina @Linguavert

I wouldn’t be surprised if Berlingrabers is already super fluent! Way back when all I did here was lurk, I would scroll through the comments and see his helpful suggestions and encouragement. While most thanks must go to Emanuel, who started this community, I think commenters like Berlingrabers also deserve some credit for making German Is Easy a great place for fellow learners!

(I’m commenting pretty late, so I probably won’t win a book, but I like the idea of encouraging each other and wanted to chime in!)

weedhatch55
weedhatch55

Dear Cristina,
you are making progress, past lurking, now learning.
Keep reading Emanuals posts and the comments, and gradually it comes to you, not just translating, but understanding.