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I took the Zertifikat Deutsch two years ago at the Goethe Institut Berlin. It was pretty tough for me since I was just starting out, but did manage to pass with a good grade with some work. Since Takkat already provided some resources for you, let me give you some advice which is specifically tailored to the Zertifikat Deutsch. The following advice is ...


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Try the Deutsche Welle resources. There's a free 30-lection course going from A1 to B1. In addition, there's a ton of resources for all levels up to C1.


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First, one should note that bei is in general not used with verbs such like gehen, kommen or other words which would express an idea of movement. One would say: Ich bin beim Arzt. but: Ich gehe zum Arzt. Now for a few guidelines about the other prepositions: Nach is used when you go to a city, a country, or any other named inhabited settlement ...


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Well, what do you mean by fluent? :-) I've been learning German for eleven months and has become fluent, but I have been living in Germany the whole time. I have also met loads of German learners during my stay there. This answer is my highly subjective guess at where you'll be in eight months based on this experience. Reading You'll be able to read books ...


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if there's something wrong with my capacity of learn German.. Nope, there is nothing wrong with it. IMO it is always more difficult to understand a language in spoken form compared to reading in it. It just takes a bit of time to get used to the sound and the flow of it. There are some (rather general) things, that you could consider to get used to ...


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I've used what I call the Maria Braun method. In the film "The Marriage of Maria Braun," the hero ask Maria, "Where did you learn English so well?" The gist of her answer was "By dating." I've dated one or two native speakers, and any number of German-Americans whose German was better than mine. This advice is not suitable for a married person unless your ...


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From the Goethe Institut there are some ressources for the B1 exams free for download from here: http://www.goethe.de/lrn/prj/pba/bes/gzd/mat/deindex.htm There you will find A sample exam for candidates Samples for examiners MP3 audio file for listening comprehension tests Various regulations, other informations and a manual


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If you want to learn some formulas as Guten Tag, Auf Wiedersehen, Danke, Bitte, Ja, Nein, and so on, I think you can do it in one week. Whether you can call this "to learn German" is another question. There are books available that promise "Learn German/English in thirty hours" - that is throwing sand in your eyes. They mean thirty lessons of German/English ...


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Die Verwendung dieser Fragen ist in den ersten Schuljahren üblich und für Muttersprachler auch hilfreich (interessanterweise war es aber in meiner Schule keineswegs üblich, dass die Lehrerin die richtige und falsche Version zur Auswahl gestellt hat, sondern sie hätte im Eingangsgespräch gesagt: Nicht so schnell. WEM gehört der Ball?). Als Gründe sehe ich: ...


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For nouns: gender and plural strong/weak noun declension (1) For verbs: past stem, complete spoken past phrase, geben, gab, habe gegeben. Furthermore, if a specific preposition is required, then it makes sense to put it there. But not so much for gehen as it could be almost anything. And then, note if there is a self reference. ...


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Go to a German-speaking country Talk (don't just study, don't just passively listen) Drink alcohol (relieves your natural inhibition about your bad accent, grammatical mistakes, and limited vocabulary, and it's what people do when they socialize) Buy a pocket dictionary. Has to be small enough to take everywhere and pull out for reading signs and ...


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I just used such a website for an answer here: it doesn't quite offer what you're after, but it's close. In Linguee you can type in a German or an English word; then it gives translations and also sentences from various external sources that provide both a German and an English version of the sentence. The word you're after is marked in yellow so that you ...


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Just some suggestions from my side: Listen to German radio, there are tons of radiostations that broadcast online. My personal favorite here is MDR, but feel free to find your own channel/station. Go to YouTube and watch some short clips from German popular TV-shows like "Wer wird Millionär?", "TV Total", "Genial daneben" etc. If you are lucky you can find ...


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Deutsche Welle is the best possible page for German language learners, I know no other news agency that would do so much for teaching German worldwide. On the same page you are referencing in your question there is also a video section called "Deutsch Lernen mit Videos" (s. picture) where you can find 161 different short video clips tailored for beginners. ...


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That's how I (try to) improve my English: Read online news paper daily Watch TV (news, series) as well as movies Read books Listen to audio books. Work through severals online pages (like stackexchange) daily, where you find interesting new words, idioms, etc. and learn them by heart and finally Speak as much as possible with native speakers


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I cannot answer definitely, since I'm a native German (and also not a German teacher), but this is my experience: Yes, you will be able to form basic German sentences and, more important, they will likely be understood, even if not immediately. No, you will not be able to form correct German sentences after a week unless you are a language wunderkind. But ...


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Are you looking for something about idiomatic language, or mistakes in general? If the latter, I think you'd enjoy 50 Ways to Improve Your German, it's very light and easy to read (alas, not many cartoons). For something more comprehensive, 1001 Pitfalls in German is pretty well-known. Hope that helps!


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I think the courses offered by "Deutsche Welle" are what you are looking for. For example this course is quite interesting. All possibilities are listed here below the course finder.


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The two verbs ansehen and anschauen are near-identical synonyms. They are, in fact, identical as to their denotations. People may disagree, however, as to the equivalence of their connotations. For example, when we hear or read anschauen we simultaneously hear or read a faint echo of the noun Anschauung in the back of our mind. There is ...


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Most aspects of the language haven't changed since 1957, but some details have. If these details are crucial to you, you should use a newer text book, if not, feel free to use the one from 1957: Spelling: Reformed Orthography from 1996 changed in 2004 Pronounciation: Some endings have changed their standard pronounciation, e.g. -er Grammar: Former ...


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Learning other languages as a way to learn German is actually just a good way to learn those other languages. If you want to learn German, then go for it. You should have a sense for your specific learning style and start with your comfort zone. Then push yourself into other areas. If the hearing intimidates you, start with reading and then move to ...


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I think you can use the forms of jemand anyway. Duden has sich an etwas oder jemanden gewöhnen as example for gewöhnen. Du kannst dich auch an jemanden erinnern oder dich von jemandem erholen. It may not make sense for certain verbs, but does that matter? Just personify etwas ;)


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Since most phrases in youth language are very temporary, you won't find an up-to-date resource (even online). Also the well-established publisher Langenscheidt already failed to collect such phrases. Therefore, I would recommend that you just ask if someone uses such phrases. If you insist on hearing some phrases before you travel abroad, try to get in ...


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The German part of about.com has a selection of dual-language texts. You will find them on this page. Note that not all of the texts are available in two languages, look for the ones marked dual-language. However, they are not all elementary, but for example Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten should fit the bill. It even comes with German audio.


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Es ist (vermutlich auch in anderen Sprachen) einfacher, über einen Anwendungsfall das Sprachgefühl zu aktivieren, als eine grammatikalische Regel abzurufen. Würde mich jemand fragen: "Steht gehören mit Dativ oder Akkusativ?", würde ich auch spontan einen Beispielsatz bilden und daraus die grammatikalische Regel ableiten: "Mit Dativ". Ein Muttersprachler wird ...


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You could order the magazine "Deutsch Perfekt". I think it's indeed PERFECT for learning German as it offers a great mixture of articles about current issues about politics, culture etc. (The level of the articles varies from easy to demanding and the most important vocabulary of each text is always translated in a box). Furthermore, it offers excersises ...


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I suggest watching German films. You can watch with translated subtitles first, and then try watching with the original German subtitles. (They are usually prepared for the hearing impaired - and the accuracy varies widely.) I find that helps me to connect the spoken with the written language. And you can also often find the subtitles in a simple text format ...



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