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Self-study German

Hi All,

For the next months I will be travelling about 2.5h/day in a train to work.

I'm looking for some material to learn German while travelling. Like DVD or a self-study book.

Any suggestions?

My level is B1.

Thanks
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Old 19.06.2012, 23:12
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Re: Self-study German

I would offer you my old text books and CDs, but they only go up through level A2.

Not sure if you will be taking a laptop with you, but you can probably find some material on the Internet. I believe there are even some free learning software programs you can download that will even test you, etc.

There are also flash-cards available, to help you with your vocabulary (English word on one side, German equivalent on the other). I once bought a set of these flashcards in a book store here.

Good luck!
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Re: Self-study German

Hi there,

If you are looking for an exercise book with various grammar topics, you could try the "Hueber Deutsch als Fremdsprache" for Niveau B1 (the books are red and blue). I know you can buy that in Orell Füssli.

If you like to read: you could try the "dtv" series - these are collections of short stories or books containing one relatively short story that has German on one page and the English equivalent on the other. Or "Lernkrimi Deutsch" - relatively short "Krimis" with comprehension questions about the text.

I would especially recommend the magazine "Deutsch Perfekt". It contains articles that are labelled according to Niveau, as well as various exercises to fill in (grammar and vocabulary). www.deutschperfekt.com

For listening: take a look at the following links:

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6326193,00.html


http://www.slowgerman.de/


http://www.duden.de/deutsche_sprache /sprachberatung/podcast/

I haven't used the last two links myself, but give them a go and see what you think.

Good luck and have fun!

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Re: Self-study German

If you are at B1, would reading be appropriate? Lots of "train/plain reads" with easy enough language available: mysteries, sci-fi, chick lit, etc.
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Re: Self-study German

Another EFer once recommended this book/CD set, which I found very helpful and am happy to recommend. At first I used the CDs in the car, then I loaded everything onto my iPhone.
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Re: Self-study German

There are quite a few books around which are bilingual? You know, the ones with English on one side and German on the other one. I found such books always very helpful.
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Re: Self-study German

Hi,

i can offer you podcasts, you can download them and hear during your travelling. In my opinion it helps a lot.
For example:
http://german.about.com/od/audiolist...gerpodcast.htm
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Re: Self-study German

Hi,

I have used the courses from Pimsleur, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pimsleu...earning_system

It worked quite well for me when traveling.

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