Languages Online German – My story

If you ever wanted to learn a foreign language, I’m sure something like this happened to you: You’re really motivated and excited to learn a new language, but this one thought keeps holding you back: “I’m not talented with languages!!”. Still, you keep trying and trying and after a while, you give in to the frustration, because all you find is more proof that you’re “just not talented with languages.”  Does this ring a bell?

Click Here to go to Rocket German.

When I spoke with friends who tried to learn German and failed just like I did, they usually all said the same thing: “German is just too hard a language to learn” or “You can’t really learn German, unless you actually live in Germany for at least a while…” If you’re like me, you probably don’t have the time or the money to go and live in Germany for a while. Does all this sound familiar to you?

My story was a similar one. I have been fascinated with the German language for so long – and believe me – I was trying so hard to make progress in learning, I REALLY wanted to speak German!  I was studying every day for months, even tried expensive courses for a short time, I was speaking it every chance I got; at parties with strangers, with tourists in the supermarket, with friends from Germany, I even joined a local group of Germans (only to find out that they mainly speak English during their weekly gatherings)…

…But after a while I had to admit: I still couldn’t ACTUALLY SPEAK GERMAN!

I didn’t get it! I was really motivated, I was working hard! Surely after months of work I was putting into learning German, I should have been speaking much better than I was! I was very close to giving up! Close to just accepting the fact that “I’m just not talented with languages.” But something just didn’t allow me to give up just yet – there had to be a better way!

Then I stumbled upon something! In sort of a Eureka-moment, I found an online German language course! I must admit, I took me a while to believe it could work – after all my disappointments and frustrations – but then I actually realized: “IT REALLY WORKS!”. You can probably imagine my first reaction: Learning languages online? An online German class? Is this the usual “how to learn German online” thing? How could this possibly work?

Once I overcame my initial skepticism, my progress in learning German online blew both mine – and my German friend’s minds! My entire German learning experience changed when I discovered these online German lessons. Can you imagine suddenly feeling accomplished and successful in an endeavor that was nothing but frustrating and seemingly impossible before? If you’re interested in trying it yourself, HERE IS THE LINK. It is my goal to share my passion about learning languages and provide you with a shortcut, so you won’t have to move through all the frustrations and roadblocks I had to go through (It’s not a free online German language course, and it is just a suggestion). If it was helpful to you, please let me know. I’m curious to hear about your experience in learning German online, send me an email and tell me about it! Feel free to post and share this on Twitter, Facebook, etc. Tell your friends, if they are also passionate about learning a foreign language online. And by the way, they offer many other languages you can learn online (Spanish, French, Italian, just to name a few). I’m really excited to hear about your experience!

Click Here to go to Rocket Languages’ website.

 

German for Beginners: Teach yourself German Pronunciation

One of the biggest roadblocks for many people who trying to acquire a new language is pronunciation. Anyone can memorize lists of German words, but you have to be able to pronounce them correctly for anyone to know what you are saying.

You may think that it’s not possible to learn pronunciation with online training, but with practice and commitment you can learn how to speak German with little accent. You can learn Deutsch online. I’ve always thought that the best way to learn German is to start with pronunciation and then words and let then the grammar will come on its own.  You don’t have to go to German school to do this.

Below is a list of sounds and how to pronounce them.

Vowels
  • a is like the English a in ‘father’
  • (long) e is like ay in ‘may’
  • (short) e is like e in ‘bet’
  • ae or ä is pronounced somewhere in between the short and long e
  • e at the end of the word is an a schwa.
  • (long) i is pronounced like the ee in ‘meet’
  • (short) i is the i in ‘is’
  • (long) o is the same as ‘oh’
  • (short) o is similar to  o in ‘otter’ but more rounded
  • oe or ö is made by forming the ay sound with your tongue but then rounding your lips.
  • (long) u is pronounced like the oo in ‘boot’
  • (short) u is like the u in ‘put’
  • ue or ü is made by making the short i sound and then rounding your lips.
Diphthongs
  • au is like the English ow in clown or brown but starting with more of the a sound.
  • äu and eu are similar to the English oi
  • eu, ey, ai, ay start off with the a sound and glide into the i. Very close to the word light.
  • ie is like the German i. ‘meet’
Consonants
  • At the end of a syllable b, d, and g are soft like p, t, andrespectively.
  • j is like English y
  • v is English f.
  • w is English v
  • is like the Italian z or ‘ts’
  • s is the English  unless it’s before a consonant, it’s normal.
  • sp or st sounds like shp or sht
  • ss or ß is just like the English s
  • ch after an a o u or au sounds like the Scottish Loch Ness
  • soft ch is formed by creating the ee sound with your tongue and then blowing air over it unvoiced.
  • r at the beginning of a syllable is a guttural sound like a voiced ‘ach’
  • at the end of a syllable is very weak. It sounds just like uh

 

 

Many of these sounds are found in different languages and can make learning those easier as well. French learning will be especially benefited, because the French language has rounded vowels as well.

Here is a YouTube video I found so you can hear the sounds and not just read them.

 

Languages Online: German greetings

Hallo.

If you are traveling to Germany, Switzerland, Austria or any other German speaking country, it can be helpful to know a few German greetings and other useful German phrases.


How to say hi.

Hallo! Hello!
Guten Morgen! Good morning!
Guten Abend! Good evening!
Gute Nacht! Good night!
Guten Tag! Good day!

 

How to say bye

Auf Wiedersehen!  Goodbye
Tschüss!  Bye
 Bis bald!  See you soon
 Bis später!  See you later

 

How to say how are you?

Wie geht’s? What’s up?
Wie geht es dir? How are you?
Wie geht es ihnen? How are you? (formal)

 

How to introduce yourself.

Ich heiße… I am…
Mein name ist… My name is…
What is your name? Wie heißt du? (inf)
 What is your name?  Wie heißen Sie? (for)

 

Other useful phrases.

Ja. Yes.
Nein. No.
Danke. Thank you.
Bitte Please/ Your welcome.
Entschuldigung  Sorry/ Excuse me.
Sprechen Sie Englisch? Do you speak English?
Ich kann kein Deutsch. I don’t know German.
Wie alt sind Sie? How old are you?

A guide for people who want to learn German