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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. ...
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 ...
Yes the two verbs are synonyms which mean exactly the same. I can't think of an example in which one of the verbs would mean different things. Perhaps the activity of watching a movie can be expressed better with anschauen instead of ansehen, but it's not a mistake to use ansehen either.
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 ...
Besides TestDaF, three tests I've heard of: Contrary to TestDaF, which is standard even worldwide, DSH (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang) varies from university to university. And the name explains what it is. The certificates of Goethe-Institut: Universities ask for a C1 or C2 level. An option, which I don't know if is valid in Germany, is ...
Anschauen and Ansehen have an identical meaning. If you use anschauen or ansehen is mostly dependent on the region where you are. For me anschauen is more directed to the object while ansehen is a bit more general.
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Im Web entstanden, und für's Web entstanden: Kurz & graphisch: ahoi polloi. Weniger als 1 Witz pro Tag, vielleicht 3 oder 5 pro Woche. Ebenfalls graphisch: Nicht lustig. Keine Ahnung über die Witzfrequenz. Auf Hinweis @loopers: Der Postillion mit Klamauk und vielen Kalauern. Älter als das Web ist die Titanic, ein Satiremagazin. Einige Inhalte ...
I'm currently using an old-fashioned grammar book. I simply read the particular rule and do the exercises. It's a very traditional book with no fancy figures, just text organized in categories. I follow it pedantically. But before I was able to avoid getting bored with this method, I had to understand how the German language works (it's quite different with ...
I'll answer this question using the first thing that came to my mind: Write down everything that stuns you. By that I mean: You don't need to write down things that are already clear to you. If you are already sure that Mutter is female, why should you write down the gender explicitly? Keep as little information on the cards as possible.
I have been a member of Livemocha for a while. I tried their tutoring service but didn't like it much. It was also quite expensive. My best advice would be to look around on various forums, and see if you can find someone to tutor you over Skype for a reasonable cost. You might also check here: http://www.wyzant.com/german_tutors.aspx
I have problems to define German humour? Is there a specific German humour? It is easier to give some hints to jokes and humour websites in German. A starting point may be DMOZ World:Deutsch:Freizeit:Humor. Jokes are Witze On Youtube you can find also many German speaking comedians/joke maker... I would recommand Loriot. Karl Valentin was also a very ...
Euronews in German provides videos and word-by-word transcripts of daily news. The transcripts may not correspond 100% to the audio in the video (few words are changed by the speaker or the sentence order is changed) but they are very useful.
memrise.com -- Start to read easy german articles, everytime you come to word you don't know, look it up and start creating a deck on memrise (get a dictionary that has spoken versions and upload the audio, trust me, that helps). Practice with that deck and keep reading. Obviously, getting immersed in the language by getting to know germans and traveling to ...
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