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Learning German [150 Days] 

I've been using mostly Memrise to learn German, but have also been making use of Duolingo for the last 40ish days too. I think it's really starting to help.

The last few days' frustration still resides with "der, die & das".

Most of my errors when having to type it out myself are caused by using the incorrect gender here. It's breaking me.

I've just found deutsch.lingolia.com/en/gramma which I'm hoping may help. Any other suggestions?

Well, this created far more interaction than I initially expected. This community is awesome!

Learning German [150 Days] 

@gray
Listen to German radio stations. That helps a lot. Look at internet Radio.
For Android get Radiodroid, for Desktop look here:
radio-browser.info

Learning German [150 Days] 

@rudolf @gray
Podcasts are also great for learning, as you can listen to it multiple time, or rewind a bit in case you need a second listen for something.
My trick is just mumble all articles (der die das den des usw) and people just fill it in in their minds anyway. The problem is I write really shitty german :p because their genders are unintuitive (e.g not the same as in Norwegian) :p

Learning German [150 Days] 

@sotolf @rudolf Hah, mumbling that bit is a genius solution ;).

Norwegian is another language that's on the hit list ... eventually.

Learning German [150 Days] 

@gray @rudolf If you know english and german norwegian shouldn't be that big of a challenge, at least written, spoken norwegian is a totally different beast :p of the langauges that I know it's probably one of the wildest discrepencies that way, learning languages is a lot of fun though :)

Learning German [150 Days] 

@sotolf @rudolf It certainly is. I wish I'd recognized the importance and enjoyment of learning other languages when I was younger and in school.

Learning German [150 Days] 

@gray @rudolf Yeah, hindsight makes everything clearer, I just think I've matured into enjoying languages more :) and now I know too many of them to really maintain them well, but I still want to learn more :p

Learning German [150 Days] 

@rudolf @gray

(richtig: 75 falsch: 33)

That went less horrible than I expected :p

Learning German [150 Days] 

@rudolf @sotolf Danke!

Learning German [150 Days] 

@gray @sotolf @rudolf

I wish more emphasis was put on it when I grew up..

I'm living in Germany for a few years now and still struggle with the language.

Learning German [150 Days] 

@arran @gray @rudolf I'm enjoying using german orally a lot, but I hate writing, my Ex-wife was looking at something I wrote and just shook her head, she was surprised I wrote that bad as she only knew how I spoke :p

Learning German [150 Days] 

@rudolf That's a fantastic idea, thank you. I didn't think about listening to radio.

Learning German [150 Days] 

@gray I took some German in school and have been doing ~5 minutes of German Duolingo every day for a couple years. I still get the genders wrong now and then, mostly with new nouns.

My approach is to use an app (apps.apple.com/us/app/der-die-) to quickly look up the gender while I’m doing Duolingo. Over time I’ve built up a decent intuition for the genders, and even find myself guessing them on new words at what I think is a better-than-random frequency. Hope that helps

Learning German [150 Days] 

@omegajak That looks like a really handy app, thank you!

I'm Android, so I'll have to go on the search, but I'm sure there is something similar.

Learning German [150 Days] 

@omegajak @gray I'm Swiss. We learn Greman as primary language at school. There are some words, for which we here use different genders than the Germany-Germans. (eg.: das Radio, die Butter, etc...)

Gebders are probavby one of the hardest parts of German. Plurals maybe too.

Learning German [150 Days] 

@gray I think Deutsche Welt (DW) has a section entirely dedicated to understanding German culture if that interests you. It's kind of beginner friendly too

Learning German [150 Days] 

@lopeztel Fantastic, thanks. I'll take a look.

Learning German [150 Days] 

@gray Listen to German music and radio stations. What kind of music do you like? Maybe you like "Radio Eins"? You should definitly listen to or translate lyrics from bands like "Die Ärzte" oder "Die Toten Hosen", "Bosse", "Kettcar", "Die Sterne", "Großstadtgeflüster".😉

Learning German [150 Days] 

@gray Oh and I used to watch TV series in English with English subtitles. Unfortunately, there are not so many good German TV series: "Babylon Berlin" or "Der Tatortreiniger" maybe.🤔

Learning German [150 Days] 

@datenteiler Hmm, I shall have to see if I can find any.

I've been meaning to re-watch Man in the High Castle again.

@gray @datenteiler

I really recommend "Dark", A German series about a sci-fi mystery in a small town.

And "Das Leben der Anderen" (The Lives of others) about the Stasi operating in East Germany.

Learning German [150 Days] 

@datenteiler Great idea, thank you! I'll check out some of those bands to see if they tickle my fancy!

Learning German [150 Days] 

@gray As a German native speaker (Austrian variant) myself I can offer text correction per DM if you ever work on anything that's critical or just cannot find the right explanation for something online.

For spaced repetion learning I can recommend and . Lingvist is what I have used to practice French, Spanish and Russian in the past and what I've had the best results with. However, with 80 Euro per year it is not exactly cheap 🙃

Learning German [150 Days] 

@gray I've found two Anki decks for practising German articles:

ankiweb.net/shared/info/109098

ankiweb.net/shared/info/155323

Anki is awesome and if you use Android its Android app is perfect for practising things you want to focus on while on the go.

Learning German [150 Days] 

@totoroot Aha, of course. Anki. I'd completely forgotten about that. I'll take a look at Lingvist too!

Thank you so much for your offer, but thankfully, nothing important depends on me knowing any German. Simply an exercise in improving myself.

Thank you for those Anki decks too, that's fantastic.

@gray It's often surprising me what gets traction here :) But I love it too :)

Learning German [150 Days] 

@gray Mind sharing what you think are the hardest parts of German, besides articles? As native speaker (Swiss) I would like to get more perspective on the language from outside.

Learning German [150 Days] 

@tobtobxx So far, apart from articles, nothing has really been too difficult. I guess that's the bonus of being in the very early stages.

The concatenation of words looks like it could get confusing. For example, "Favourite" - Leiblings-..... such as Lieblingsbiergarten.

Learning German [150 Days] 

@gray Aah, yes. The beloved Donaudampfschiffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft.

*bruh*

Learning German [150 Days] 

@tobtobxx Seriously, how many breath's does that take? 😁

Actually, something I do find very difficult is understanding the order in which things come in when constructing a sentence.

"Would you like to go with me?" being something like "you with me go".

I guess I am only 150 days in and shouldn't expect miracles :).

re: Learning German [150 Days] 

@gray German native here: Don't overfocus on the article. There is no point in learning rules for something which has many exceptions. If you regulary speak german you'll feel whether an article sounds right or out of place. Also don't be afraid of using the wrong article in conversations: People will understand you regardless.

Even as a native german speaker I had a couple of times the discussion whether a certain article is correct for a certain word.

Viel Spaß beim Lernen!

re: Learning German [150 Days] 

@interru Ah, so there isn't a strict rule to it then, as such?

Yesterday annoyed me because I thought there must be some simple method I'm missing for a rule here.

Thank you!

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