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:new: I've downloaded Duolingo and have been diligently learning german as much as possible every day, but I would love to get some more help from you guys! c:
I plan on becoming fluent in German (able to read, write and speak it) by December of this year! That means a lot of work on my part, but well worth it, since it's required for a job I plan on applying for!

I would love to hear any suggestions from you native speakers (or people who have studied and learned languages on their own) on the best ways to learn a language! I've been told to immerse myself in the culture (meaning watch movies and shows in german, read german books/short stories, listen to german music, etc). I would love to hear any suggestions for learning tools to use!! Movies, music, shows, stories for beginners, etc

I'd also love to add someone on skype that speaks german that would be willing to have calls with me occasionally, so I can practice speaking and listening to german? Maybe like once a week or something? I'm very determined lol if you'd be alright with that, please comment or note me about it, because it would be a HUGE help!

Anyone have suggestions for where/how to learn a new language?
Specifically German...any tips on learning German would be super appreciated? I want to learn and then go there and actually explore and talk to locals IN German! I'm gonna be saving up for a flight there probably some time next year. c:


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Alunaa Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol start with kindergarten type stuff first, you may sound like a 2 year old when speaking but it's a super good way to start! Been attempting to learn German and ASL as well and man is it hard
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sweets Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So far German has been coming to me pretty easily, and I've been able to remember things pretty well! I like that the sentence structure is very similar to English, cause that makes it easier to remember how to word things c: But I definitely want to find some children books in german and start by translating the books on my own, then move up to more advanced things like german short stories and then maybe novels or german comics or something??
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Alunaa Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea that's a perfect way to start, definitely try to figure out children books first! :D
That and learn how to pronounce words right too or at least get the accent down...cuz when i tried i sounded like a country girl trying to say Spanish words lOL it wasnt pretty
Deff repeat the words till you get it down xD
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sweets Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg I'm crying at imagining a country girl trying to speak spanish LOL
I feel pretty good about my accent so far? Duolingo helps a lot bc it makes you speak certain phrases and grades you based on how well you say it! There are a few words I've had troubles with (like "erdbeere", and orange in german I can just never get them right it seems
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Alunaa Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xD Keep practicing! You'll soon say it hella good
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cerubellum Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I'm learning French, but I'd say for any language once you get to conjugations, alllllways make charts of the conjugation methods + patterns and slap em up on a wall somewhere you'll see them often
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Conjugations are the hardest part to remember, and the easiest to mess up LOL I'm having trouble figuring it out in german right now, but hopefully I can get some input from the few german contacts I do have and get their help c: Thanks for the suggestion!! Good luck with your french!
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0551 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm german and I'm sorry to hear you are trying to learn my language XD ... JK... its not an easy language but you can do it!! If you need tips and worksheets, I might have some still flying around from when I tutored some people.

Maybe you could get your hands on books with simple stories for elementary school kids? Or even picture books with little text in german for small children would be great. Classic german kids stories like "The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Die kleine Raupe Nimmersatt" are amazing and available in just german or english/german text!

If you prefer movies I would say go for german made ones instead of just german dubs. Many german movies will also show you a lot of our culture!

Great german drama movies:
sommersturm: www.imdb.com/title/tt0420206/ (might be on netflix)
crazy: www.imdb.com/title/tt0215681/
good bye lenin: www.imdb.com/title/tt0301357/
the wave: www.imdb.com/title/tt1063669/

Also, german sitcoms like: Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten and Verbotene Liebe might be something you could look into!


Other than that I suggest sticking to Duolingo. I'm using the app to refresh my french among other languages and its very good!
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sweets Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was inspired to learn German because my grandfather was german, and also I'd been listening to a LOT of Rammstein and I wanted to translate what was said on my own, instead of looking it up lol. Then I was looking for jobs, and the one I want requires you to know a second language (and since I was already learning German on my own, I decided I'd get serious about it).

So far learning german via duolingo has been pretty easy, and I've been able to remember a lot! But I would love love love to see tips and worksheets if you can find them! c:

Do you have any particular suggestions for beginners/childrens books in german that would be good starters?

The only movie suggestion I've gotten so far was from my husband, "Run Lola Run" (which he said his german teacher in high school made them watch)! I bought it recently and I'm waiting on it to ship here c: But I'm excited for all the other movies you listed, I can't wait to give them a shot!

I was also suggested the shows Tatort and Stromberg, any input on those two? o:

Duolingo is A+ so far! I just have been wanting to reach out to people and see if there are other clever ways to teach myself and help retain the information I've learned. I'd really love to find a speaking partner to practice on, hopefully I can find someone!

I saw someone post about an app called HelloTalk, have you heard of it?
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0551 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The most important thing is to keep practicing! <3

Thats funny, my partner is american and their teacher made them watch Lola rennt as well back then! Its a classic among my generation and a good movie, yes! I would love to hear how you liked the movies I suggested, if you decide to give them a try!

Yes, Tatort is a good and classic TV show, everybody knows it! C: I haven't watched Stromberg but I know its popular!

My first books which I could read on my own when I was little were stories published by oetinger verlag and the series is Sonne, Mond und Sterne (which is now called Buechersterne) Its basically a series of easy to read kids stories and made for different age groups starting at 6 years and up!
www.oetinger.de/buecher/erstle…

The author Astrid Lindgren is not german but every child in Germany has either read her stories or heard of them at least! Pippi Langstrumpf and Karlsson vom Dach are popular titles!

Then, a book series I loved as a child and is very popular would be Das Sams by Paul Maar! This one is the first:
www.amazon.de/Eine-Woche-volle…

For german music I can also suggest the popular artist Xavier Naidoo (deep, thoughtful lyrics)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS4fyx…

If you like music like rammstein more you might like Subway to Sally!
They are my favorite german band!
full albums:
youtu.be/iY6BOGNHfJk?list=PLa-…
youtu.be/Wgddl_PpIX4?list=PL60…
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sweets Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I practice for at least 20-30 minutes every day! I've started to attempt to translate things that are said to me (in English) to German in my head, to where I almost try to think in German! It's a challenge, but it makes me feel good when I can figure out the translations as people are talking to me!

Oh wow LOL I'd been told it was a cult classic kind of movie? I'm really excited for it to get here now (it hasn't even shipped yet ;o; won't get here til next month actually)! I will definitely keep you updated on my progress as I watch the movies, I really appreciate all your recommendations!

Oh man, danke for all the help! :D I can't wait to buy a few of these books and start learning more, and I think it'll be perfect for my son (he's 2) to learn with me, I want him to know more than one language!

Ooo another german band i'm definitely gonna go listen like, right now!!

also someone else suggested that i put sticky notes with german words on items that i use or see regularly to help me remember vocabulary, meet my first test subject:
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0551 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Tolle Idee mit den Sticky Notes!
Kannst du dir das Wort Hund jetzt schon merken?

I didnt know you have a son! In that case, get your hands on some preschool books! OH MAN those are amazing, talk about lots of different every day topics and start at 2 years and up!!
www.ravensburger.de/leser/wies…
super easy reads, beautiful drawings and you can easily use them in english or german for your son by talking about whats happening in the pictures. I love these books and I had several when I was teaching in preschool!

THEY EVEN HAVE ONE ABOUT GERMANY
ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I…
lol!! XD <3

You are so welcome! You can ask me anytime about the language, culture or whatever <3 I'll try to find my old teaching stuff for you, I will let you know if I do have it!

Im flying to Germany in September, I could bring one or two books if youd like and then ship them to you when Im back!
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sweets Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought it was a great idea too! o:
Can you get the word "dog" ____ ____ ____? (I can't translate the rest yet without cheating oops lol)

Aaa yeah, I do! c: I'm working on teaching him english words, but since I'm learning german I figured we'd be at pretty much the same level starting out so it would be a good idea to teach him words that I learn too! So I'm definitely gonna buy a couple of those books to help both of us out.

I'll definitely be taking you up on that, do you think you would be able to help me out with conjugating verbs? That's literally the only part I've had issues with so far. Sometimes I use the wrong form of verbs and I'm not always sure which to use in what scenarios. But I'd really appreciate it if you let me know about the teaching stuff!

I was actually thinking of applying at a local German restaurant and trying to learn from the employees, too. I'm pretty dedicated to learning LOL I don't think I've ever been this determined about anything in my life...

Oh wow, I'd absolutely love that! I'll happily compensate you for the price and shipping and all that, too c:
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0551 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The sentence means:
Can you remember the word dog now?

absolutely, shoot me a note or message whenever you need help!

dedication, patience and repetition are probably the most important things when learning a new language.
try not to go through lessons too fast in duolingo, its tempting to finish a lesson and jump to the next one. i think its better to repeat one lesson till you are at 100% and remember everything.

sure, no problem at all! due to weight limits for my suitcase I can only buy one or two for you (I would have you send me the dollar amount prior to my paypal and then when I come back we would figure out the shipping cost) Think about it, take your time and note me with which specific ones you would like and we can go from there!
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blackliqhts Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Student Digital Artist
something that helps me with rememebering vocab is I'd take cards with the word of an object on it and put it on the object so anytime I see the object it's labeled in that language and putting sticky notes around on things you use a lot with a question about something in the language and you have to answer it before using the object.
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sweets Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is such a clever idea!! I never would have though of it tbh? 0: thank you so much!!
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blackliqhts Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Student Digital Artist
of course !! i'm half fluent in japanese and this helped me a bit !! my teacher actually told me to do it because i have trouble with vocab !! 
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sweets Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Japanese seems like it'd be a really hard language to learn tbh? Like sometimes I understand a few phrases when I'm watching subbed anime but it sounds so funny and like it's not a real language when I listen to it spoken quickly on its own LOL but wowie good luck learning!! I'm definitely gonna try out your method c:
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blackliqhts Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Student Digital Artist
it is a very difficult language TBH. But it's worth it. The culture is so beautiful - I don't watch anime but I enjoy studying the culture. The language has 3 alphabets used for different types of words, so it's interesting and memorization is key. The structure is very very different as well and there are different formal and informal ways to say certain words and the culture makes it so certain people you have to speak formally to and others it's weird to. I know enough to hold decent, most likely short conversations. I have a year to go until I should be mostly fluent. I really need to practice more to be honest.
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sweets Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my first test subject for the sticky notes:
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LOL i don't know how but it's still stuck on her like 10 minutes later i'm cRYING

The culture is really beautiful! I wanted to learn it myself, but German is my main priority! Next will probably be french, then hopefully I'll have enough experience to move up to Japanese c: Japanese people are very formal when speaking to each other, I've always found them to be very respectful! o:

Let me know how your progress goes, I love hearing about other peoples' lives tbh!
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blackliqhts Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I very much appreciate that pupper and the note what the heck

And sure !! We should talk more. I'll totally be down to keeping you updated and I'd love to hear how you are doing with German.
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sweets Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She's STILL wearing it i don't?? know how it's stuck to her for so long, she's such a good sport omg

We really should! Do you have skype? It's the easiest way to get ahold of me tbh
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ranukii Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Rosetta Stone is really nice! I have it for japanese and although i haven't had much time to actually go further with the lessons, i can clearly remember everything ive learned so far and even slightly understand what they are saying in subbed anime. C: Im sure if you went through the whole thing youd be able to pick up German very quickly!
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BoneSmirk Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Dittoing duolingo!
I used it to brush up for when my oma visited
And I mean I only had two months prep so fluent conversation wasn't possible, but I definitely knew enough to get my basic point across!
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sweets Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just started using it and already I love this app! I haven't stopped using it since 10 this morning lol
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BoneSmirk Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
it is one of the best language apps IMO
I love the way they have it set up, it's so much easier to learn a language that way
annnndddd it's free bwahaha
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Decembrrr Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
sure just come over and visit. we are german xD Family lives in Munich so yus xD 
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sweets Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you speak it? 0: if so I might need to use you for conversations once I get a little more fluent in German tbh, I'll need people to talk to in the language! Also fff I wanna go to Germany so bad! (Also do you know any German music/bands I can look into? I want foreign music)
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Decembrrr Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I speak it yes - well I'm at least pretty good in writing conversation my mom of corse knows more she's fluent
Music wise I don't know much but my mom has some probably along with my cousins I could see is they have any suggestions
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JiggyJaggy Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016
Sorry to butt in! Seeed and Deichkind are both really cool bands to listen to ^u^ !

I am sure you know of Rammstein as well, that is more rock :3
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0551 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I second seeed!!
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sweets Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm very into Rammstein tbh LOL they're what really prompted me to learn German I think!

But thank you for the suggestions, I'll be giving them a listen today <3
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0551 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
give seeed def a try, i love them!
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sweets Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've listened to them a week or two ago, I like them so far! c:
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C:
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JiggyJaggy Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016
Agree with duolingo ^^ I use it myself for German, completely free, can setup reminders etc, very helpful!
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sweets Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just started using it a couple of hours ago and already I love it! Thanks so much! :D
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pawawool Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I've heard of apps that help a lot. <3 The apps make learning like a game. One my family and friends have used is called Duolingo. From what I understand it's completely free and quite a few people think it's great! 

www.duolingo.com/course/de/en/…
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Jaylarenza Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for linking because i want to learn German because i was born in Germany and i plan to visit c:
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pawawool Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh it was no problem!! :D That is so exciting!! I wish you the best of luck on your travel!!
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Jaylarenza Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you <33
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pawawool Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so welcome c:
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sweets Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg thank you for this?? I just downloaded the app and did a lesson, I'm already excited :D
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pawawool Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh great!!! I am so happy it helped!! <3
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mushing Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016
Rosetta Stone tbh
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sweets Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cries I have that but lost it somewhere in my house rip
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mushing Featured By Owner Edited Jun 16, 2016
Sobs!! You can download it on your computer
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