Recommendation for German online subscription programs

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Recommendation for German online subscription programs

Postby Lisa » Sat Jan 30, 2021 10:01 pm

I'm not sure how to motivate myself to learn grammar for German (vocab is no problem). I suspect I need to unlearn a certain amount of the grammar that I learned, forgot, guessed at, and practiced a lot.

One idea is to put money on the table. If I can find an online program for a reasonable subscription (say under $30/month), that I have to justify to myself every month... then it might be the nudge I need. For this to work as a motivator, it would need to be interactive, online, and monthly payments that I could cancel (the stick!)

There seem to be a number of programs but since I am intermediate in reading and speaking (if you ignore grammar) but probably ought to get grammar from beginner, it's going to be hard to fit. Rosette Stone is definitely not what I need and duolingo drives me batty. The ones I've found are Pimsleur, Glossika, Mondo, Mango, FluentU.

Any suggestions/comparisons/recommendations?
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Re: Recommendation for German online subscription programs

Postby sallyquatrieme » Mon Feb 01, 2021 3:17 am

Hi Lisa,

For German take my ideas with a grain of salt, I've done a lot of research but haven't used the paid versions of any of these resources because I'm working through enough free ones right now. For resources you've already mentioned, I really enjoyed FluentU in French years back but I don't recall them doing much for grammar at all.

  • News in Slow German has a lot of intermediate content, the link has the grammar they cover. ($20/mo)
  • Easy German on YouTube has a paid app that I thought looked useful and since I love their channel I'd feel good supporting them, they do cover grammar topics well on the channel. ($10/mo for interactive exercises, transcripts, vocab lists)
  • Fluenz German levels 3-5 are taught by a German native and based on my experience in Spanish it would cover the grammar exhaustively. It doesn't match your subscription desire but I found marching across the blocks of completed lessons very satisfying. (levels 3-5 ~$320 / 90 lessons / 10 1 hour lessons a month = ~$35/mo)

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Re: Recommendation for German online subscription programs

Postby Lisa » Tue Feb 02, 2021 1:40 am

Thanks, Sally. They aren't quite what I want (at least, Fluenz is quite spendy), but perhaps there isn't anything really good out there...

What I've done: Found some drills on lingulia and I invested 12 bucks for the expanded exercises... but it's not great. I also spent a little bit on a Udemy course (on sale for about $13); some quizes and drills so we'll see what that can do. It's more structured so it might be easier to keep myself moving.

I sense myself doubling down, though. I will not be beaten by a language :-)
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Re: Recommendation for German online subscription programs

Postby tungemål » Tue Feb 02, 2021 3:47 pm

Here are some internet sites with grammar exercises:
https://german.net/exercises/
https://www.grammatiktraining.de/
https://www.schubert-verlag.de/aufgaben/index.htm

If you really want to get German grammar under your belt I'd suggest to work through a book. There are a lot of books on German grammar. I used this one: https://www.schubert-verlag.de/b-grammatik.php
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