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Learning German in 1 Month

FREEDO
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5/31/2013 4:00:57 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
I am setting myself to the challenge.

Any good resources you have? I've learned that it's good to generally stay away from programs and software. Language learning is most natural when it's based more on listening than on memorizing. Notice that we never give babies English lessons. We just expect them to catch on. That's because it actually works better. Although it also requires reinforcement with a little study. I'll be doing all I can to get myself into thinking German and focusing on knowing sentences rather than endlessly regurgitating words on flashcards. With the exception of the most basic words. The top 25 most used words make up some ridiculous percentage of a language. Once you get those down, it's a lot easier to move on.

But most of all, I think my greatest tool is knowing how to get obsessed with it. I think I got this.
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5/31/2013 4:14:10 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
Sounds like the Pimsleur method.
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5/31/2013 12:22:04 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I know that when I was learning french, albeit this was when I was young, integration was the key. Don't just start trying to learn German, start living German. Start listening to German music, start watching German television, and start reading German books. When you're going to write something, write it out in German, then write it out in English. That's the best advice I'v got, hope it helps.
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5/31/2013 12:46:29 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
This gives you the words in english subtext. And the speaker speaks so loudly and clearly, and using such strong body language that its easy to follow.
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5/31/2013 3:17:06 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/31/2013 12:22:04 PM, muzebreak wrote:
I know that when I was learning french, albeit this was when I was young, integration was the key. Don't just start trying to learn German, start living German. Start listening to German music, start watching German television, and start reading German books. When you're going to write something, write it out in German, then write it out in English. That's the best advice I'v got, hope it helps.

Exactly.
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6/3/2013 10:01:01 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/31/2013 4:14:10 AM, 1Devilsadvocate wrote:
Sounds like the Pimsleur method.

I believe that's the brand I used to learn Spanish. I went to Barnes & Noble and bought a 6-CD box for $20. I worked through each one, and was really impressing myself with how well I was doing. Then after the sixth CD, they wanted $200 for the next 20 CDs. My interest waned after that :/

I probably could get my hands on free stuff, but the real kicker for me was that I had nobody to speak it with. I have a hard time believing anybody is going to pick up any language unless they have somebody in their life that they can talk to every day using it. Even languages you learn very well will leave you if you don't use them repetitively. I STRONGLY suggest that you incorporate some sort of daily conversational practice with somebody who knows or is learning the language, otherwise in two months this will be a distant memory. I had Mexicans at work (the bussers at the restaurant I used to wait at) that would converse with me when I was learning the language, but all they would use was obscenities and now I can't speak conversational Spanish but I can call you an ass4ole and describe genitalia in almost as many ways I can in English.
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6/6/2013 4:45:04 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
It's been about a week and I've likely learned thousands of new sentences in German. I'm pretty satisfied with myself.
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6/7/2013 2:30:24 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 6/6/2013 4:45:04 PM, FREEDO wrote:
It's been about a week and I've likely learned thousands of new sentences in German. I'm pretty satisfied with myself.

That's great. When you're done, let us know what you learned about learning a language that rapidly, what works the best and how to maintain interest.

By the way, why German?
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6/7/2013 2:35:03 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 6/3/2013 10:01:01 PM, R0b1Billion wrote:
At 5/31/2013 4:14:10 AM, 1Devilsadvocate wrote:
Sounds like the Pimsleur method.

I believe that's the brand I used to learn Spanish. I went to Barnes & Noble and bought a 6-CD box for $20. I worked through each one, and was really impressing myself with how well I was doing. Then after the sixth CD, they wanted $200 for the next 20 CDs. My interest waned after that :/

I probably could get my hands on free stuff, but the real kicker for me was that I had nobody to speak it with. I have a hard time believing anybody is going to pick up any language unless they have somebody in their life that they can talk to every day using it. Even languages you learn very well will leave you if you don't use them repetitively. I STRONGLY suggest that you incorporate some sort of daily conversational practice with somebody who knows or is learning the language, otherwise in two months this will be a distant memory. I had Mexicans at work (the bussers at the restaurant I used to wait at) that would converse with me when I was learning the language, but all they would use was obscenities and now I can't speak conversational Spanish but I can call you an ass4ole and describe genitalia in almost as many ways I can in English.

LOL, I learned some Spanish the same way. I don't know how to speak it, but I know that "pinchy pendera puto, kita la verga quay" means something bad.
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6/30/2013 10:19:15 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
The best Spanish teacher I ever had just let us talk in class. Sometime the whole class would consist of random Spanish conversations about flying monkeys. Eventually the students caught on and just began speaking it. Later a small 5 minute lesson was taught on a grammar subject, and the students went "ah! I already know that because I've been speaking it all the time!" We would do similar things for reading. Random people in the class take time reading a small novel out loud in Spanish. If there's something we don't know, the teacher would explain it using Spanish we already knew.

Going into my second and third years of Spanish, I have pretty much learned nothing new except some very specific grammar & structure rules. No actual Spanish speaking and comprehension :(

So the best way to learn German would be to skydive into Germany with nothing and be left to adapt.
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7/4/2013 10:53:23 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
Also change your iPhone (or other smartphone) language to German. Keep going, FREEDO. The path to mastery is a long one. Stay with this for an entire year, and I'm sure you will be extremely satisfied with the results.
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7/4/2013 7:15:37 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Hebrew is f*cking hard to learn. This is because the vowels consist solely of diacritic marks around regular letters. If you don't already know the word, you can't read it without them. Unfortunately those marks are only used in children's books.
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8/21/2013 7:22:31 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I grew up in Switzerland and didn't know a word German (because I was raised with English) as I came in to Kindergarten.
It took me about half a year to be able to communicate in German and took me about 4 years to learn fluent German.
An additional year to learn Swiss German if you're interested.
But that's just me, I'm bad with languages.
Some of my friend learned German in a couple months.
But learning German in 1 Month?
Please impress me.
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8/23/2013 9:37:40 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
I'd recommend Earworms CDs / downloads. They set the vocab to music and play you "songs" which are basically the vocab repeated in English and the target language. It really sticks in your head, I used it for Italian. I can still hear the songs now... *nostalgic fuzziness*
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9/30/2013 1:17:16 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
You can totally learn Beavis and Butthead level German in a month.

Cool mental trick for making sense of german grammar: Germans talk inside out, like Yoda. So, they German speak. More than one month, it will take, if German you are to learn.

AAAND they compulsively say "mal and "doch," when there are no good reasons to drop these words. They seriously can't say three sentences without just saying mal or doch. These are like when we say y'know? or the F-Bomb. I don't know all the rules for mal and doch - but just say them for no reason when you are talking. You will sound native.
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10/1/2013 12:11:06 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/31/2013 4:14:10 AM, 1Devilsadvocate wrote:
Sounds like the Pimsleur method.

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