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I need your help! (German Text)

Hi!
So I've been lerning German for a few years now.
And I want to write a Thanks letter to my German teacher. Can you guys please check my letter and correct mistakes?
I'd really appreciate it! Thank you in advance!
(sorry for my bad English)

Here's the letter
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Old 24.06.2015, 10:56
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Re: I need your help! (German Text)

Can't see any mistakes in the letter.
Ah, can't see correct bits either.
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Here's the letter (sorry)
Danke, dass der beste Lehrer überhaupt. Sie haben nicht nur lehrte uns Deutsch, wie man gut schreiben, wie man Konjunktiv bilden, aber Sie inspiriert mich dazu weiter hart arbeiten und mehr Deutsch lernen. Sie haben die Unterrricht sehr interessant sein.
Vielen Dank für die Förderung mir in der Klasse zu sprechen.
Danke für das Helfen ich meine Stimme zu finden! Sie inspirierte mich zu vertrauen sein.
Danke für alles.
Julie
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Here's the letter (sorry)
Danke, dass der beste Lehrer überhaupt. Sie haben nicht nur lehrte uns Deutsch, wie man gut schreiben, wie man Konjunktiv bilden, aber Sie inspiriert mich dazu weiter hart arbeiten und mehr Deutsch lernen. Sie haben die Unterrricht sehr interessant sein.
Vielen Dank für die Förderung mir in der Klasse zu sprechen.
Danke für das Helfen ich meine Stimme zu finden! Sie inspirierte mich zu vertrauen sein.
Danke für alles.
Julie

As a language teacher myself, I would prefer getting the letter with all the mistakes. It comes from the heart and that's what matters.

But if you prefer the sanitised version, here it goes :-).

Danke, Sie waren der beste Lehrer überhaupt. Sie haben uns nicht nur Deutsch gelehrt, wie man gut schreibt, wie man Konjunktiv bildet, aber Sie inspirierten mich dazu weiter hart zu arbeiten und mehr Deutsch zu lernen. Sie haben den Unterricht sehr interessant gemacht.
Vielen Dank für die Ermutigung in der Klasse zu sprechen.
Danke, dass Sie mir geholfen haben meine Stimme zu finden! Sie inspirierten mich dazu Vertrauen in mich selbst zu haben.
Danke für alles.

I hope I interpreted the second to last sentence correctly (you inspired me to trust in myself).

All the best!
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Old 24.06.2015, 11:15
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Re: I need your help! (German Text)

Hi Julie,

What you want to say is clear enough to me.
Why not send it to your teacher as it is? They will probably be very proud of you, mistakes and all. Why did you go to class at all, if you just need to get your own work proofread after?

maybe your teacher will correct it for free anyway!
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The reason why I don't just send it because I'm scared that maybe he would get disappointed at my text (I'm pretty a pessimistic person) But you guys just make me feel confident about it. So I'm just going to send the original one to my teacher! Thank you guys!
(Hope you guys understand my broken English)
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Re: I need your help! (German Text)

I might ask my teacher to proof read my German text to others, but not the other way around. It won't help you or the teacher if they get a false sense of where you're at I would send it from the heart, include the mistakes I would imagine the teacher would appreciate it more as well
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The reason why I don't just send it because I'm scared that maybe he would get disappointed at my text (I'm pretty a pessimistic person) But you guys just make me feel confident about it. So I'm just going to send the original one to my teacher! Thank you guys!
(Hope you guys understand my broken English)
Look at a parent's refrigerator door with a few drawings pinned to. Do you see the child's original work or "proofread" Picasso's? Though the bond is less strong with the teacher, and in all likelihood you're not a child any more, the same fundamental concept applies.
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Re: I need your help! (German Text)

When I did my TESOL training, one thing that I learnt, to pass on to students, was that it was better to communicate and make mistakes, than to always worry about being correct ..... and never communicate.
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When I did my TESOL training, one thing that I learnt, to pass on to students, was that it was better to communicate and make mistakes, than to always worry about being correct ..... and never communicate.


Couldn't agree more. Although precision is deeply embedded in the structure and culture of German (much more so than English), it is more important to get out and use it. With time your German will improve. I stopped reading English books for the first 3 years I was here, and read the same books that I had already read, but in German. This is a great exercise for comprehension, as if you already know what is going on you can decipher the syntax from the context (this is how children initially learn a language, they don't constantly refer to a dictionary, or ask Mommy).


Reading will also improve your vocabulary: It is bad enough trying to get sentence structure and pronunciation right on the fly, not knowing the word for "Pomegranet" or "Toilet Bowl" will stop you dead mid sentence.


Just get out and speak. If you know native German speakers, insist that they speak German with you - ALL THE TIME. In my case, after a 3 month half day course I could get by if I wanted to buy blue pencils, ask where the toilet was, or exclaim that the man was Smoking a pipe, after 6 months I was reasonably comfortable watching the News or reading the Tagesanzeiger, after a year I rarely needed my Langenscheids while reading the NZZ. After 2 years Immersion I was fine, only occaisionally needing help with a written text.


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The reason why I don't just send it because I'm scared that maybe he would get disappointed at my text (I'm pretty a pessimistic person) But you guys just make me feel confident about it. So I'm just going to send the original one to my teacher! Thank you guys!
(Hope you guys understand my broken English)

Dear Julie,
I am a German teacher and I agree with all others that you should leave the text as it is-much more personal like this! Besides, yes there are some mistakes, but overall I think this is a pretty good letter for someone who has been learning German only for a few years! So go for it ...
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