Questions asking for resources and advice for learning German.

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For how many years do Germans study English at school? [closed]

Most Germans are pretty fluent in English. It seems to me that the number of years Germans put into studying English should be roughly comparable to the number of years learners of German would need ...
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Any German books with included vocabulary?

I am trying to learn German, but I find memorizing vocabulary lists very boring, and would prefer to read a book and just look up the words I don't get. The problem is, I find it really frustrating to ...
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German learning apps for Google Android

I'm on the lookout for any decent self-study applications for my Google Android smartphone to help me brush up on my German on my daily commute. Can anyone recommend any for me?
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Is there a book about German that is comparable to “Wheelock’s Latin”?

I found Wheelock’s Latin to be amazingly straightforward and comprehensive. The many German books which I have found are in no way comparable. They are absolutely annoying with their pictures, ...
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Learning German from scratch in order to read mathematics?

I heard that learning basics of French and German, especially in order to read mathematics, is not difficult. It's verified by my experience of learning French: it's much easier to read mathematics ...
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I am looking for self study German grammar book with English scripts [duplicate]

there is a version for English called "English Grammar In Use" it was very helpful. I look for same one but to learn German. If anyone has some info please tell me thanks
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How to learn/explain to pronounce Ä,Ö,Ü,Z,CH?

How do I learn to pronounce Ä (at least 2 different: "Ärzte" + slightly different "Ärmel", "ätzend") Ö (at least 2 different: "Öl", "Öffnung" + slightly different "Löffel") Ü (at least 2 ...
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Best way to learn German! [duplicate]

I am so interested in learning languages I have some knowledge of Russian language and English language. I am from Egypt and I would like to learn German .. I have learned Russian to the level that I ...
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Learning german [duplicate]

I need to learn German, but I can't study it in a school or so. And my internet connection don't allow me to use online methods. Is there some books, with audio tapes avaible that you would recommend ...
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German games for dyslexic to learn language

My son (8) has dyslexia and we need to motivate him a lot to read and write. He is German and German is his mother tongue. (But German is not my mother tongue.) I learned a lot of English playing ...
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How difficult is Mozart’s German for language learners?

I grew up with a love of opera, which brought me to Italian and German. As I am particularly fascinated with the Magic Flute, I am considering to take a course in German, so I can understand what is ...
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How to find pen pals? [closed]

How do you find pen pals for people like me who are learning German and think maybe it'd be a good idea to have someone as a pen pal who is a native German?
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Classic childrens books that are unknown outside of DE/AT/CH?

This question is present as a matter of historical interest. While you are encouraged to help maintain its answers, please understand that "big list" questions are not generally allowed on German ...
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Can one access online the subtitles for the UT-tagged videos in Bayerisches Fernsehen’s Mediathek? [closed]

I have found that watching German media videos with subtitles has helped my aural comprehension (I am not a native speaker of German). Therefore, I am particularly interested in locating subtitled ...
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German dictionary program [duplicate]

I am looking for a German dictionary program that I can install on my Mac. I would like the program to have: Definition of the word in English Audio files of the German pronunciation Declensions ...
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What is a good way to start learning German?

There is already a question that asks for free resource for learning German. However, I would like to know what resources are good for learning German regardless of their cost. The online sources ...
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What learning strategies are there for German noun declension?

In German, there are three genders, four cases, two numbers and irregular words. It’s a lot and I can’t learn the declension of each word one by one by heart. Of course, I’m not talking about der, das ...
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Why is it so hard to understand German sentences construction?

I’ve been trying to learn German for a few months and I find extremely difficult to acquire the meaning of a spoken sentence (when reading I can take all the time I want and if I know the words, I’m ...
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Learning Swiss German handwriting alphabet

I were unable to find paper with alphabet letters on it to start learning reading/writing in Swiss German. Searched native bookstores and still couldn't find those "1th grade school kids letters ...
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What points do I need to consider in order to find the best online course for me?

I intend to start learning German and I found two brilliant courses on the website of Deutsche Welle, one called Deutsch Interaktiv and another audio resource called Warum Nicht. I would like to know ...
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Wo/Wie kann ich meinen Wortschatz erweitern?

Ich lerne gerade die Lektionen für die B2-Prüfung. Trotzdem fühle ich, dass ich noch mehr Vokabeln lernen muss. Ich suche jetzt Ressourcen dafür, deutsche Wörter zu lernen.
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Which online course for learning German can you recommend?

I got a place at a German university and I would like to learn some essentials from the scratch during the summer. My main concern is to be efficient while learning. I don't mind paying for an online ...
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Was macht es so schwierig die deutsche Sprache zu lernen? / Why is German so hard to learn?

Als Muttersprachler fällt mir die deutsche Sprache natürlich vergleichsweise leicht. Von Lernenden höre ich allerdings immer wieder, dass besonders Deutsch eine schwer zu erlernende Sprache ist. Was ...
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Learning German through debates/ discussions - Deutsch lernen durch Debatten/ Reden

Ich habe mir gedacht dass man ab einem gewissen Deutschniveau auch durch Schreiben Fortschritte machen kann. Habt ihr Blogs, oder kennt ihr eine Seite wo man an Debatten teilnehmen kann? Ich habe ...
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Magazines and documentaries for speaking German with subtitles

Could you please name some documentaries, radio stations or magazines with easy German vocabulary and clear pronunciation?
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Are there any mnemonic aids for remembering how to deal with cases for each gender?

I always get confused remembering adjective endings for both definite and indefinite articles. Does anyone know of any phrases/songs that kids are taught at school to help with remembering these? For ...
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Best books for Hören

As you know Hören is a critical skill for improving the other skills (Schreiben, Sprechen and Lesen). I am looking for a set of books that would teach me this skill and give me good exercises? I am ...
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Learning German as a native Dutch speaker

Is there a method for learning German that leverages the close relationship between Dutch and German? My main concern here is the vocabulary (many words are pronounced the same way, and mean the ...
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German student preparing for travel abroad

I've studied German in an academic setting in the US for a number of years. When conversing with native German speakers I've noticed slang and other "non-academic" mannerisms. I'm preparing to ...
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Which satellite channel to learn German in Europe? [duplicate]

I've a good satellite system here in Europe. I can get: Hotbird 13 Astra 19.2 Astra 28 I would like to know if there is a channel dedicated to German teaching, maybe with subtitle.
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Which verbs tense I should learn after simple present?

I'm studying German for a while, I know I still have a lot to learn. But I'm considering which verbs tense I should learn after Simple Present, like a study guide for verbs tense. Could someone give ...
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Finding out how many German words I do know

I know a website offering a test for knowing how many words you know in English. http://testyourvocab.com/ I would like to find something similar for the German language. I've made some searches ...
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Is there a rule which preposition to use for a place?

Is there a rule for choosing between the prepositions zu, in, bei, nach, an for a special place or does one have to memorize all of them? For example: Beim Arzt An den See Nach Berlin Zur ...
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Is there a site for learning German like this one? [duplicate]

I tried to find sites where everything is sorted nicely, like grammar > present simple > other things etc., then vocabulary > commonly used words > parts of human body, town > food > other words. Is ...
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How to remember words which are extremely similar but have totally different meaning?

I would like to know if someone has any suggestion regarding how to remember words which are extremely similar but have totally different meanings. Any advice? Tricks? I am thinking of words like: ...
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Learning German and Yiddish at the same time [closed]

I need to learn German for professional reasons to a relatively high level (say C1 on the standard European scale). At the same time (or within a couple of years, say), I would like to learn Yiddish ...
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German language simulator for training verbal skills

I have started to learn German language and seem to be doing okay when it comes to understanding the grammar and writing any texts. Where I am miserable lacking is when it comes to verbal skills as I ...
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Can I start to make rudimentary sentences in German after a week worth of exposure to German?

I signed up for a German program in college and they taught me the very essentials like cases, gender, a general introduction to verbs, counting, and some basic but useful words. But I find sometimes ...
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Are old textbooks still useful for learning German?

I know someone who is teaching himself German from the original copy of Assimil printed in 1957. He thought to himself, "wouldn't it be hilarious if I spent years learning out-dated German?". Is ...
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How to brush up my German?

I've studied German for almost three years when I was a teenager. I'm now out of practice. I just managed to keep up minimal functional reading skills by keeping reading books and visiting German ...
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What are some good audio resources for learning scientific German?

German Science Reader by Charles Frederick Kroeh is a book on learning scientific German. However, I learn better aurally. What are some good audio resources for learning scientific German?
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German-English word frequency list (1000-5000)

I am not looking just for German words frequency list, for which there are many in this site and others. But I am looking for translated German words frequency list. Copy pasting from sites like ...
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Die Frage „Wem oder wen?“. Auf welche Weise hilft sie mir?

Als ich mit dem Deutschlernen angefangen habe, ist ein typisches Gespräch zwischen mir und meiner Deutschlehrerin ungefähr wie folgt gelaufen: Ich: „Der Ball gehört mich.“ Lehrerin: „Hoppla, ...
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Humour/Comedy websites in German [closed]

Are there any websites out there which offer a large repository of jokes and humour in German? I'm looking for something similar to, for example, www.9gag.com or Comedy Central's www.jokes.com.
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Where to rent/watch German movies with German subtitles

I'm an intermediate German learner and I would love to learn the language better by watching original German movies with German subs, because then I can see what is being said and understand it more ...
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How to ask German student to homecoming?

I want to ask one of the foreign German guys to homecoming. I found different quotes but I don't know which one is correct. So how should I write the note to ask him? "Will you go to homecoming with ...
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Learning German helpful for any other language learning? [closed]

I am interested in learning German since I am fascinated about the German automation machines and I want to study in a German university. I want to know whether learning German directly helps in ...
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German video news with transcription

Inspired by an answer, I wonder if there are good places to watch simple-language multimedia on current topics with subtitles or transcription (and ideally English translation). For example, Spiegel ...
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Anything like the NYT crossword in German?

English is not my first language. In college (in the US), a roommate got me hooked on the New York Times crossword puzzle, and I picked up a lot of English vocabulary (along with a ton of trivia) ...
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English documentary with German subtitles

It is easy to find German documentaries with English subtitles. But I am looking for English voiced documentaries with German subtitles. I find this makes it easier to learn new German words. Any ...