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How can I better learn noun genders?

One of the things that I really liked about German, as I was studying it in college, was the very orderly grammar, which actually helped me to understand my native English better. As a non-native ...
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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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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 I'...
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Free online resources for beginner course [duplicate]

Along the lines of the same question on French Language & Usage, what are good, free online resources for an English-speaker to learn German properly from scratch? Ideally, important areas such ...
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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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Good online resources for improving German over Summer Vacation?

I recently finished an evening class in beginners German (Common European Framework A1/A2), and plan to take an intermediate class in September. I don't want to slip out of practice over the summer. ...
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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, nicht so ...
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Gibt es andere Sätze wie "Wenn Fliegen hinter Fliegen fliegen, fliegen Fliegen Fliegen hinterher"?

Man muss die Grammatik richtig verstanden haben, um diesen Satz zu verstehen: (zwei Varianten) Wenn Fliegen hinter Fliegen fliegen, fliegen Fliegen Fliegen hinterher. Wenn hinter Fliegen Fliegen ...
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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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Recommended ways to learn the cases?

My German tutor recently told me that the only real way to learn the cases – accusative/dative/nominative/genitive – is just to memorize which verbs are which. She suggests memorizing the dative and ...
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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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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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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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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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What movies are good for learners who want to improve their grammar and vocabulary?

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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Suggestions on preparing for the Zertifikat Deutsch (internationally accepted certificate in German) exam

I will be taking the Zertifikat Deutsch exam soon, and was looking for tips and ideas on the preparation required. This exam is legally recognized, for instance for citizenship applications, and has ...
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Are there any english subtitled german intellectual shows?

I've taken german in school for several years, meaning I got the basics of the language somewhat ingrained in me. One of the ways to improve my skills, I notice, is by watching english (or swedish, ...
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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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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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What do I need to know to pass the A1 or A2 exams from Goethe Institut?

Can someone share what I need to know to pass the A1 or A2 exams from Goethe Institut? For instance, do I need to know all cases (nominative, accusative, dative, genitive)? the past form of every ...
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Are there magazines similar to Spotlight, Adesso, Écoute, Ecos for foreign speakers to learn German?

Some years ago I learned some Italian by studying on one's own. Than I found the Adesso magazine very helpful. Some years later, when I learned the basics of Dutch, I was really missing a similar ...
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Online resource which has easy German to read with its English translation

Is there any resource online which has easy German (should use most common words in daily setting) and also has its English translation alongside?
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Next step after Rosetta Stone?

I'm getting close to completing the 5 level online Rosetta Stone course, so I start wondering what should I do next in terms of learning grammar and vocabulary? The long-term goal being visiting or ...
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Etwas anschauen vs. ansehen = to look at?

Can anschauen and ansehen both be used to say that you are looking at something? For example, "Ich schaue das Foto an" vs. "Ich sehe mir das Foto an"? I think I have seen these verbs used ...
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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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Audio lessons for absolute beginners

Can you recommand some good audio lessons? I need to learn German and I wanna use my "free time" for example when I'm walking with my 15m old son in the park or when I do some chores at home, I can ...
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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 different:...
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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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Are second-hand books suitable for learning German?

On the second hand market there are lots of opportunities to buy used books for little money. As in 1996 there was a major orthography reform in Germany I am uncertain if reading second-hand books ...
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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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Motivate cases for speakers of languages without them

This might be a general question, but I’ve just re-encountered cases again while learning German. How would one explain the purpose of cases? In German there are four, there are languages with more......
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After having learnt a great deal of grammar and being confident at speaking what I know, how do I go about expanding my vocabulary?

Essentially, I have very little problem with German grammar. I am able to teach myself, and I often am able to speak without translating in my head. However, I am severely limited by my relatively ...
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How can I memorize German vocabulary easier? [closed]

I am having a hard time with German vocabulary. I am looking for methods to memorize better. It took me about 1 hour to memorize 10 words.
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Wo kann man im Internet die deutsche Sprache üben?

Diese Frage wurde auch hier (auf Englisch) beantwortet: Are there websites where one can practice German conversation whether through typing or through audio? Ich suche etwas wie Skype, Google Talk,...
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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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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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How to study for certificate B1 exam? [closed]

I am a student from Delhi, India. My German language exam for certificate B1 is coming up very soon. My school teacher helped me with registration and all, but now she's taking my exam very lightly. I'...
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Are there websites where one can practice German conversation whether through typing or through audio?

This question also has an answer here (in German): Wo kann man im Internet die deutsche Sprache üben? Im learning German on my own, so Im trying to find websites where I can make conversations ...
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Tips for doing Lückentests/Cloze tests? [closed]

This form of test is very commonly used as an entrance exam to preparatory courses all over Germany. Hence, the question is, how can one properly prepare for it? Here is an example: Mut zur Lücke B2
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