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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 →

Looking Ahead at 2013

Frohes neues Jahr! (Happy New Year!) Yesterday, I looked back at 2012 and how I fared on the goals I had made for the year (both those made toward the beginning of the year and those that came up as the year went on). Today I want to look ahead Read more →

Alte Brücke (Old Bridge) & Pizza Hut on Memorial Day

Since we’d taken the Schlangenweg (winding path) coming down from the Philosophenweg (Philosopher’s Way) on Memorial Day, we came out near the Alte Brücke (Old Bridge) where I wanted to take pictures with me in them for my military installation review for Handling With Grace. My husband first took a 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 →

German Culture Class Day 2 Part 2

Next we talked about shopping in Germany. The teacher had set up a small show and tell with some examples of products. She told us about Rewe, Aldi, Pennymarkt, and Real. You might recognize Aldi from the States. It’s the same chain but one thing they have I never noticed Read more →

German Culture Class Day 2 Part 1

Our second day of German Culture Class was as varied as the first. We covered bicyclists, restaurants, grocery stores (complete with a little show and tell), the Apotheke (similar to a pharmacy in the States), a couple random tips for getting along in Germany, and even a little bit of 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 →

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