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Hello everyone!! I was wondering if anyone can recommend an online German course and share their experience. I cannot continue going to my classes due to work but would love to continue. Thanks a lot,
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Old 19.01.2015, 07:31
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Re: Online German courses

Perhaps not what you are looking for as it is not a "german course" per se, but I have really been enjoying using Duolingo for German. Its free, is more like a game than a course to plod through, and I have found it particularly good for vocabulary building. It is a good way to actively keep a toe in learning german even if you only have 10 minutes a day.

As I currently do not have much time for a german course (and frankly do not feel like paying for one), I use it in conjunction with reading german, watching german TV, and, most importantly, trying to engage my neighbours, kids' teachers, and swiss friends in german conversation. Slowly progress is being made.
https://www.duolingo.com/
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Re: Online German courses

If you do a google search, there are many options via Skype (mostly in Germany). The beauty is that almost all of them will offer a free trial lesson. Go ahead and contact the school for a trial and see how it goes. Honestly, the single most important factor is the teacher so a trial lesson for yourself will probably put you in a much better position to decide than any recommendations from EF
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Re: Online German courses

This guy is really worth checking out.

https://smartergerman.com/

Check out the YouTube videos first. There are loads of them.
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Re: Online German courses

I'm finding duolingo very effective in learning reading, writing and speech recognition. If you need an evidence, here's something I found few days ago
http://www.quora.com/How-effective-i...ing-a-language

"On average, it takes 34 hours of Duolingo to learn the equivalent of one semester of college. As a college professor I'd say that a semester course generally takes a lot more than 34 hours of work (At Carnegie Mellon the expectation is that a semester course takes 9 hours per week for 14 weeks)."

Sounds pretty impressive to me.
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Old 23.01.2015, 09:15
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Re: Online German courses

Agreed, Duolingo is good -- especially as it's free. There is some disagreement about its effectiveness, but I think this reflects the general disagreement on the effectiveness of online or app-based language learning, rather than on Duolingo in particular. In its class I think Duolingo is the best tool. Apart from being free to use, its key attribute is using what marketing people call gamification i.e. bringing in a competitive element to maintain interest. This can make it quite addictive which is a good thing in language learning.

But the usual comments apply, that one method or tool isn't going to cut it. Duolingo is definitely worth having on your list, but other approaches are needed e.g. a flashcard app to build your own vocabulary lists -- my favourite is Quizlet. Listening practice is essential, so check out DW.de as well as watching German TV (many programmes have German subtitles which helps a lot). There are some good podcasts out there too. Check out Laura's German GrammarPod. And YouTube. Loads of good stuff there. And reading -- try reading some specially designed Krimis e.g. https://www.smore.com/mord-am-morgen.
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Re: Online German courses

http://www.berlitz.ch/en/learning_a_...ers/index.html
I just started this for French. They also do German. I have it subsidised through work. But I think it is just 500CHF a year or so. The course is targeted to your level and what you need.
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Re: Online German courses

I am taking skype sessons from germanonlineinstitute.com and recommend it.
You can take a trial class to see if you like your teacher.
I was happy with trail so I started the course at A1 level.
Having done A0 previously at Bern volkschule, I found the skype class much more efficient. Because its essentially a private class, so I have one full hour to talk and learn.
Its a great value at only 15eur per hour (now =15chf )
With only about 15 classes I have completed level A1. And since its a private class I am more motivated to do my homework and revise before the next session.
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Re: Online German courses

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I am taking skype sessons from germanonlineinstitute.com .
I tried them.. But I had 2 bad experiences and changed.
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I prefer:
www.openlanguages.com
The woman running it (Anna) is much better at communicating.
Highly recommended
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Re: Online German courses

Check the courses at Deutsche Welle.

There are audio courses, and one interactive one. I would say that the interactive one is not bad at all.

http://www.dw.de/learn-german/s-2469
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Re: Online German courses

yes, i use Duolingo as well. fun way to learn german for sure. Thank you for all your helpful advice!!
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Re: Online German courses

Hi All..For sometime I was thinking learning German. Thank you for sharing this information.
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Re: Online German courses

I've subscribed for Babbel. it is not that bad.
something like 4 (or less) euro per month.
good grammar excercises and relaxing way to learn, day by day, new rules and words.
Also a friend of mine managed to jump to A1 to B1 level only with babbel.
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I've had a lot of success with fluenz:

http://fluenz.com/
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