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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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I'd say that all Michael Ende books except "The Neverending Story" satisfies your criteria (because "The Neverending Story" is too well known). At least in Norway "Momo" and "Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer" are largely unheard of.


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Der Autor Otfried Preußler hat eine Reihe von exzellenten Kinderbüchern verfasst, u. a. Der kleine Wassermann Die kleine Hexe Der Räuber Hotzenplotz Das kleine Gespenst Krabat


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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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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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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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Mal ein paar objektive Fakten: The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the US Department of State has compiled approximate learning expectations for a number of languages based on the length of time it takes to achieve Speaking 3: General Professional Proficiency in Speaking (S3) and Reading 3: General Professional Proficiency in Reading (R3). The list is ...


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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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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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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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I'll recommend the test by the "Institut für Testforschung und Testentwicklung" in Leipzig: http://www.itt-leipzig.de/static/startseiteeng.html You can find alternatives if you search the Internet for "Wortschatztest".


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Christine Nöstlinger is an award winning author children books. I remember being read a translation of "Wir pfeifen auf den Gurkenkönig" and enjoying it immensely.


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Besonders schwer im Vergleich zu welcher Sprache, und für welche Muttersprache des/der Lernenden? Ein paar Aspekte, warum ich glaube, dass Deutsch nicht gerade für eine besonders schwer erlernbare Sprache halte: Da die deutschen Vokablen z.B. im Vergleich zu Englisch durchschnittlich länger sind, verursachen Schreib/Sprechfehler seltener kritische ...


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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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Beside the already mentioned "Um die Ecke gedacht" I'd like to recommend the crosswords in the "Süddeutsche Magazin". Looking at your description of the NYT crosswords I would give it a Thursday or Friday difficulty. They provide solutions for the crossword of the previous week with comments - might be useful to get acquainted with the style and help ...


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Since homecoming is an expression that has - to my knowledge - no counterpart in German, I would say something like Willst du mit mir zum Homecoming gehen? You could also use Hast du Lust, mit mir zum Homecoming zu gehen? Or, very politely Ich würde mich freuen, wenn du mich zum Homecoming begleitest/begleiten würdest. Update: I would ...


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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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Well known in Germany but almost unknown elsewhere are the stories about the Sams by Paul Maar. The first three books "Eine Woche voller Samstage", "Am Samstag kam das Sams zurück", and "Neue Punkte für das Sams" are great fun reading. For non-native readers the ambiguous usage of language by the Sams may be a challenge.


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Even though "Emil und die Detektive" may be well-known outside of Germany (didn't even know that until now ^^), some of Erich Kästner's other children's books might be not: Das fliegende Klassenzimmer Die Konferenz der Tiere Der kleine Mann Der kleine Mann und die kleine Miss Der 35. Mai oder Konrad reitet in die Südsee The last three were among my ...


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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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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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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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TestDaF is what you're looking for. It's the most appropriate analog of TOEFL since it's accepted by all German universities. And even the test-taking procedure is similar: you will be talking to a computer (and not a human being like in IELTS).



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