As a German language learner, I’m always using references. It’s something you just can’t get around. I thought I’d share some of the German language resources that I use on a regular basis. I don’t have a lot of physical books but I have a few that are well used. The online resources, mostly dictionaries, […]
Looking for tips for learning German? From recommendations for German language music or films, here are some of my best tips and tricks for learning German. From one German learner to another!
After nine writing assignments and approximately six months, I have completed my German lessons! I took a correspondence course with the Goethe-Institut for writing training. It was generally a good experience overall and something I’m glad that I did. But there were little things that frustrated me.
My husband who doesn’t drink has been drinking a beer a day for the last month or so. He swears the health benefits of the brewed beverage. He’s been sticking near exclusively with German beer — more specifically Bavarian beers — so I certainly can’t complain…but it doesn’t mean I’ll be joining him anytime soon.
I’m halfway done with my return to formal German lessons. It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. Of my nine assignments, I’ve completed four. (OK, not technically halfway done but that’s about as good as it gets.) For the most part, my experience with Goethe Institute’s Besser Deutsch program has been really positive.
Sometimes you just have to take initiative, especially when it comes to something you enjoy or want to accomplish. I don’t have a bucket list or X number of things I want to do before I die. But learning German has always been something I’m excited about. These days I’m even more excited because I’ve
I’ve been highlighting practicing listening skills with videos and radio. Now I’d like to focus on practicing those all important reading skills with some German language news and magazines. There are lots of German language newspapers and magazines available online for free. Each publication is going to be a different level of difficulty so it
Radio is great for practicing your listening skills and training your ear to German, or any language. It’s also perfect for putting on in the background while you clean the house or are working. I’ve put together a collection of just some of the German language radio stations that are available for free streaming online:
Sometimes it is hard to believe what you can access on the internet. I consider sometimes how much more difficult my quest to learn German could have been if I’d taken it seriously back in high school. If I wanted to watch films or television, it was all but impossible to get access to
Rock-n-roll autobiographies seem to be especially popular right now. But due to the nature of the beast, they’re relatively one-sided. You get the author’s point of view than you have to wait for their bandmates to write books to get their side of the story! But in 2005, authors Max Dax and Robert Defcon wrote
I’m no German language expert — far, far from it — but I have been seeing a large response to my posts sharing my experiences learning German. So I’ve decided to start a new “feature” reviewing the German language books I read, which are as much for pleasure as they are for language practice. This
My previous post sharing some of my favorite spots for subtitled German videos online generated enough interest that I thought I’d do a second part with some more links. In the two or so years that I’ve been seriously, actively trying to learn the language, I’ve spent a lot of time trawling the internet looking
The main road that cuts through Valley Forge Park is one I travel very frequently. And I knew there was a monument just off to the one side but I’d never taken a close look. When I pulled into the parking lot during my recent trip to the park, I noticed the statue overlooking the