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Learning from Music Videos: English Songs in German

Last time I shared German songs, they were songs by Die Toten Hosen with English translations in the subtitles. Today I thought I would share some englische lieder auf Deutsch (English songs in German). If you care to look up some songs yourself, you may have better luck using “auf Read more →

Learning From Music Videos: German Songs With English Subtitles (Die Toten Hosen)

One way I like to learn German is by listening to German music with English subtitles. Die Toten Hosen were one of the first German bands I listened to and are still the ones I listen to most often, so I’ll show you some of their songs first. (Their name Read more →

What is my Proficiency Level with the German Language?

In late May, I found the BBC’s page for the German language. In addition to some lessons, key phrases, and other tools, there is an assessment called Test Your German, which I decided to take. It is designed to test your German proficiency level. First, the test asks whether you Read more →

German Demystified Didn’t Entirely Demystify German For Me, But It Did Help

In early February, I checked a book out of the library called German Demystified: A Self-Teaching Guide. While I wouldn’t say it entirely demystified German for me, it was helpful review in the beginning and helpful learning toward the middle. Since I checked the book out of the library, I used Read more →

Getting Language Lesson Podcasts from LanguagePod101.com

I’d planned to resume working out of Schaum’s German Grammar on the flight to Germany. Instead, my only German practice on the flight was playing some Berlitz Word Traveler for German. I could have worked on it in temporary housing, but  the closest I got was watching some shows and Read more →

Learning Styles and Learning a Language

Before I started Chapter 2 of Schaum’s German Grammar, I took a free learning styles inventory to determine my learning styles. This was recommended in a post in Laurel’s blog Expat in Germany. While I suspected what my learning styles would be, it was interesting to see the breakdown. Each Read more →

Apple is Masculine, Butter is Feminine, and the American is Confused

I finally started working through Schaum’s German Grammar (Fourth Edition) on October 15th and completed Chapter 1 “The Sounds of German: A Key to German Pronunciation.” I remembered most of the alphabet pronunciation from the German classes I took in high school and recent attempts at refreshing my memory, and Read more →

Es Tut Mir Leid, Mein Deutsch Ist Nicht Sehr Gut (I’m Sorry, My German Is Not Very Good)

As I mentioned in my first post, I took four years of German in high school. Unfortunately, my first three years, Frau S. gave free time to play Euchre or engage in other activities more often than she administered assignments. What she did teach mostly focused on vocabulary lists rather Read more →

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