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Questions asking for learning resources and advice on the process of learning German. Do not use this tag for questions about specific features of the German language.

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Self-learning German language resource with reading, hearing, re-speaking [duplicate]

Is there self-learning German language resource that includes: Reading Hearing Re-speaking - optional. The best example for English is eslfast.com Eg. https://www.eslfast.com/kidsenglish/ke/ke001....
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About the Michel Thomas German course. Does he have a good accent?

A video of Michel Thomas teaching, one in the black coat I struggle to learn unless I know I'm listening to a person with a good accent. In other words, are there any foreign accent in his speech. It'...
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What would you include in your German first lesson?

I will soon start teaching at a language school and just wanted to ask around what you would include in your first German lesson for non-native speakers (French/British)? I've got a plan but would ...
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Which German podcasts on Spotify have regular new content and lots of talking?

Which Spotify podcasts are speaking-heavy (in German) with lots of new content of general interest? Deutschlandfunk is pretty good and looking for similar, something with even more talking constantly. ...
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about finding a proper German language learning app with low interactive educational methods [duplicate]

I am an electrical engineer and, because of some conditions, work as a house cleaner ( maid). I am trying to learn German to qualify myself for a German job speaker visa, and I am searching for some ...
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Difference between "Seite öffnen" and "Öffne die Seite"

Seite öffnen - Open the page Öffne die Seite - Open the page (present tense imperative?) The same applies to: Fenster schließen - close the window Schließe das Fenster - close the window (present ...
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Welche Bücher sind für das B2/C1 Niveau gut geeignet?

Ich suche nach Büchern, mit denen ich meinen Wortschatz verbessern kann. Natürlich wäre es schön, wenn das Buch ein Klassiker, Pflichtlektüre oder interessantes Buch auch in der Richtung Wissensaufbau ...
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German by natural approach

I want to learn German using the direct method/natural approach. I'm looking for the book similar to Latin Lingua Latina per se illustrata by Hans Orberg, where you basically learn Latin using the ...
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Is there service where i can read and listen to the book at the same time?

Is there any mobile apps or online service where you can read, listen to german books and make some notes or even translation (at least to select the word). I know the similar services by famous brand....
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Neugierige Kollegen bringen ... auf die Palme. (mich oder mir)

I came across a practice question online. Can anyone help explain why the correct answer is mich, and not mir?
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C2 Zertifikat, Materialen für die Vorbereitung

Ich suche nach Materialen für die Vorbereitung aufs C2 Zertifikat. Ich habe schon das C1 Zertifikat bestanden und möchte noch weitermachen. Also, wenn jemand mir ein Buch, Webseite oder einfach ...
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How bad does it sound in German *not* to separate separable verbs?

More to get a feeling of the severity of this error, how bad does it sound when someone makes the mistake of not separating a separable verb? For example: "Ich bereite mich auf eine Prüfung vor.&...
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pronunciation of e in the word geradeaus

I have recently started learning German, and I am facing a great deal of pain in pronouncing 'e'. I am not a native English speaker, but I am speaking it since I can remember. So while learning German ...
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Gesprochene Sprache lernen

Können Sie mir bitte zwei Bücher oder Quellen empfehlen, die die folgenden Eigenschaften haben: Man soll damit die in Alltag gesprochene Sprache lernen können. Man soll damit Sätze oder Fragen (...
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Obtaining same-grade German language texts for bilingual child who left Germany

We recently left Germany where our son had spent most of elementary school and become bilingual through total immersion. We are interested in obtaining German language textbooks, addressing German ...
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What is the word for

I am studying German and I'm looking for the "assembled" word that sums up the complex concept of: looking intently in the eyes of a person and hope that she will say what he does not have ...
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Which word to use for "there", "dort" or "da"? [duplicate]

I have been studying German lately. I have come across one course material. In that they are using dort and da interchangeably in different sentences. I want to know when you use what?
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Advice on a suitable study plan [closed]

I took a German B2 course a year ago. I would like to improve my German so I have been doing some translations. However, the difficulties with verbs that require dative or accusative forms and the ...
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How to help a beginner to speak German?

I am a German native speaker and I am going to help a student with speaking German, who is at beginner level. How would we have the conversation such that the student can take the most out of it? ...
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What resource should I use to learn enough German language to understand a movie scene?

I want to understand the famous scene of movie "Der Untergang" (or Downfall) without looking at subtitles. I found out the official English subtitles do not translate the sentences very ...
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'Jemand hat seinen' or 'jemand hat ihren'?

Which is right? Or both? Gestern war ich in der Schlange. Jemand hat mir ihren Platz gegeben. Gestern war ich in der Schlange. Jemand hat mir seinen Platz gegeben. Is jemand masculine or feminine or ...
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Rigorous German grammar books written in English aimed at teaching the most basic up to advanced (preferably without exercises) suggestions

Meta-observation: Firstly, I apologize for posting another question like this one, but most of grammar books related posts give a recommendation of either a general textbook (i.e. not only containing ...
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How do German-speaking children learn cases and adjective endings? [closed]

I ask because these rules give adult learners no end of headache, so how does a child learn them? A child hears "schönes Wetter", and learns that. Next time when she says "schönes Hund&...
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Grammar/Sources recomendation [duplicate]

I have just joined this community and I really want to learn by my own German. On StackExchange English Language they have lots of grammar suggestions, however, I could not find a similar post here (...
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Why do only some conjunctions push the verb to the end?

In the following examples, the conjunction pushes the verb to the end of the sentence: Du trinkst, weil du Durst hast. Ich mag es, wenn es einfach ist. Der Käse ist gut, obwohl er alt ist. However,...
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I have a very hard time parsing long German sentences

I routinely find myself puzzling for long stretches of time over the meaning of long German sentences, as are often found in academic writing, for example. Here I'm referring to sentences where the ...
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Online-Wörterbuch / Lernmaterialien ab C1-Level

Gibt es ein Online-Deutsch-Wörterbuch, in dem steht, ob die Wörter geeignet für ein formelles Schreiben sind? Ich möchte die C1-Prüfung machen und es ist dringend notwendig, dass ich meine ...
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Is there any way to download subtitles from ARD Mediathek? [closed]

I watch a lot of ARD dramas to improve my listening comprehension, and I also use the dialogues to create cards for my Anki collection. Currently I do all this manually, i.e. when I find something ...
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Resources for relearning German after a long "absence"

During my middle and high school years I lived in Vienna and became (nearly) fluent in German. However since then I've had almost no occasion to use my German (except for a college course or two) and ...
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Anyone have a link for this Duden book?

Today, I am going to what will hopefully be the first of many tandem speaking sessions. (I am a native English speaker, and my partner is German.) I am hoping that I can find online a book that I ...
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German textbook series for all levels (at least A1-B2) with lots of exercises

Hello my school is looking for new textbooks. I really like the style of textbook when you have doublepage with text exercises, few new works and separate workbook where you can practise at home. I ...
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I am looking for level A1/A2 German books in PDF format

I want to learn German again from starting level. So I need simple books for the levels A1 and A2. Also, I want these in PDF format. Can you suggest me some resources for this issue?
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Why "the girl" is "das Mädchen" and not "die Mädchen"? [duplicate]

I am learning German and words like das, die, der are confusing me. "The woman" in German is "die Frau" which indicates that "die" is used for females. But then there is "das Mädchen", here we are ...
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German movies or series with 'word-by-word' German subtitles? [closed]

This is not a question about German language per se, but about learning it. So down-voters please save it. Most German movies and series either don't have subtitles or, for example on Mediathek, have ...
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English-German bilingual books

I need some Ge-En bilingual parallel text story books for beginners with illustration and in-situ translation of new or difficult words. For example I attached a picture of a Russian-German book.
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German taught at schools

I have now been studying/learning German for 5 years now. Unfortunately my conversational skills are relatively poor, I have found that with my time at school, grammar and vocabulary has been ...
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Structure of sentence and position of verb in the end. How to train?

Now, I learn Deutsch intensive last 8 month. I have a problem with the right structure of sentence. I know that is very important. It's very difficult to place the verb in the end of the sentence. I ...
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Was ist Unterschied zwischen sehen, ansehen, gucken und schauen?

Ich möchte wissen, was das Unterschied zwischen sehen, ansehen, gucken und schauen ist. Sind all diese Verben equivalent? Kann man das irgendwann und in jeder Situation benutzen? Geben Sie mir bitte ...
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On-line sources for simple discussions in German

I am trying to improve my German by reading novels in German. But I would also like to get practice at reading everyday German. I thought that online discussion forums would be a good source, as ...
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An appropriate sequence of books to learn German [duplicate]

Now I don't know anything about German but I want to learn German up to level C1. I plan to learn German alone as much as possible. So I'm looking for books to help me reach my goal. I intend to first ...
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Wie heißen einige Onlinebücher für junge Erwachsene? [duplicate]

Ich suche eine deutsche Geschichte, die ich lesen kann. Ich habe »Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality«, »Worm« und »Animorphs the Reckoning« sehr gemocht aber ich kann nichts ähnliches auf ...
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How to learn preposition in German?

How should I learn German prepositions? A single preposition can have a lot of meanings, then how do I apply rules? For example Ich bin zu Hause. warum nicht Ich bin an Hause. ? There is a ...
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Monolingual German learner's dictionaries with small defining vocabulary

Most modern English learner's dictionaries use controlled defining vocabulary for defining lemmas. Which German learner's dictionaries incorporate controlled defining vocabulary?
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The dative case - expressing the action of putting something on a table

On a course quiz of mine in an introductory-level German class, we had the following question about correctly identifying the accusative case: What confuses me is that this question doesn't seem ...
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So beginner with german [closed]

I have began learning German recently, I am using YouTube videos and the Duolingo app, but I feel that this is not so effective so I would like to ask you if there are any free materials well ...
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Daily financial, economic and world (television) news in German

I hope this question isn't off-topic, since this website is about language-specific questions. This seemed like the site closest to my post. :) For the purpose of exposing myself to the spoken German ...
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Problem: listening comprehension improving steadily *except* for numbers

NB: This question is addressed to those learners of German as a foreign language who have faced, and overcome, the problem described here. My fluency with numbers lags far behind my fluency with the ...
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Is there a website that can list the English cognates of German words?

I think learning the cognates of German words would really help learning German as I know through reading, 'deer' is a cognate of 'Tier', which I wouldn't have guessed otherwise
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Learning German mathematics-vocabulary?

What are some resources for speeding up learning of advanced German mathematics-vocabulary?
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Difference between `in der Stadt` and `in die Stadt` [duplicate]

Taking the following example: Ich gehe in der Stadt. Ich gehe in die Stadt. I couldn't understand when to say in die Stadt and when to say in der Stadt.
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