ShawnP's German Adventure

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Re: ShawnP's German Adventure

Postby jeffers » Sun Feb 11, 2024 9:16 pm

I love your version of the Rocky quote, totally spot on! I read the first few Dino Lernt Deutsch books a few years ago. I found it helpful to listen to the audiobooks while out on walks, but unfortunately the audiobook is sold separately. There's an even easier reader for beginners called "German Easy Reader" by Brian Smith. The advantages are that the mp3s are free to download from his website, and the text is quite easy. The downside is that it's rather boring, but as I wrote somewhere else today, the "wow I can understand all that!" factor was motivating.

One of the things that has tripped me up on all my attempts to learn German has been the case system. Lots of beginners complain about the genders, but those are just light taps to distract you before German whacks you with the left hook that is the case system. This week I decided to find a Memrise deck on cases rather than throwing in the towel, and this one looks like it might be just the thing (although I'm only on lesson 2):
https://app.memrise.com/community/course/67928/german-cases/

Anyway, good luck with the move, and good luck with your German studies up to and beyond that point!

EDIT:
The course above turned out to be incomplete, so it just covered a lot of vocabulary which I guess the author was going to use to make sentences or something. I found a better memrise course about cases:
https://app.memrise.com/community/course/68265/cases-7/
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Re: ShawnP's German Adventure

Postby ShawnP » Mon Feb 12, 2024 12:42 pm

Thanks Jeffers. I had a look at the Brian Smith books and went ahead and picked up the first three and downloaded the mp3's for them. They are definitely easier looking and probably a great place to start for someone at my level.

The gender thing won't be a problem for me as I'm use to it with spanish. I'll have to keep the case issue in the back of my mind. Thanks again.
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Re: ShawnP's German Adventure

Postby tastyonions » Mon Feb 12, 2024 2:23 pm

Gender is rather less transparent in German. There are some universals (-ung nouns derived from verbs are all feminine) and some good generalizations, but there are way more words that don't fit any obvious rule than there are in Spanish. Good luck with your German!
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Re: ShawnP's German Adventure

Postby ShawnP » Sun Feb 18, 2024 2:50 am

A fairly good week in my German adventure has come to an end. Not a whole lot to report on though as it's still slow-going since everything is brand new.

This week consisted of me running through my truncated Pimsleur German mp3's. I still dont have them all down just yet so next week will consist of all the same. What I did was use the Audacity program and cut out all the spoken English and the latter part of each lesson and I'm just focusing on the main conversation. I know I'm not doing the program as it was intended but I hate listening to English when I'm trying to learn German.

I'm also running through my Pimsleur German Anki deck. So not only am I listening and reading to conversations, but I'm reinforcing the sentence structures and words. I must admit I've never been a big fan of Anki as I sometimes feel it takes time away from Listening/Reading. I wonder if running through an Anki deck is better or worse than reading a book and speaking out the sentences as I read them out loud.

For reading, I picked up the German Easy Reader (Super 500) by Brian Smith along with the accompanying audio at the recommendation of Jeffers. It's just perfect for a new learner with no prior knowledge of the language.

On a personal note, the movers came and picked up my household goods that I plan on shipping to Germany this past Thursday. Off to Germany in 5 weeks.
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Re: ShawnP's German Adventure

Postby ShawnP » Sat Feb 24, 2024 10:34 pm

A good week in my adventure has come to an end. The newness/timidness of starting to learn German has worn off. This week has been mostly an extension of last week. Listening/Reading/Speaking

This week I mostly focused on mp3's from Pimsleur German II. All I've been doing is listening to the conversations over and over and over again and speaking the sentences out loud. I will probably stick with Pimsleur I and II until I depart for Germany and just listen as much as I can to the conversations and work on speaking the sentences out loud.

I also spent the majority of my time on LingQ this week. I was a big fan of LingQ at the start of my Spanish adventure and I'm still a fan for my German adventure. Some people don't like the idea of spending money learning a language but for me I don't mind, especially if it keeps me coming back. This week consisted of listening/reading/speaking out loud to the easiest Guided Course I could find in Beginner 1 (Elli's Small World for Beginners). There are 12 lessons in this course and I'm through all of them. Right now I'm just doing a lot of listening to each lesson, speaking the sentences out loud, and following the LingQ lesson reviews.

I've slacked a bit on reading from my German Easy Reader 1. I've stuck around the first three chapters these last two weeks and listened to the accompanying audio. I need to buckle down and press on but there are only so many hours in a day left after work. Once I get the Pimsleur I and II mp3's down, then I'll be focused on LingQ lessons and reading my German Easy Reader books.

Unless there is a government shutdown on March 8th and it messes up my move, I should be in Germany in exactly one month.
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