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Learning German iPad app

OK, so Wednesday we had some workmen over to look as some repairs that need doing. I experienced the ignominy of having my 7 year old son correct my German as I hobbled through what needed to be done... practically every sentence

Time to get serious about this German thing. The best time for me to learn would be on my daily tram commutes, when I have my trusty iPad with me and 30 minutes of "free" time.

So, any suggestions for good iPad apps that can teach you German?

I'm not looking for translation programmes, but actually a teaching/learning course. I will have my headphones so "spoken apps" are definitely an option, or stuff via iTunes university.

I've tried searching but can't find a definitive option. For example, the Busuu stuff looks OK, but only to level A1/B2 and I can already manage German in the shops (not pretty, but effective), so learning how to buy a kilo of strawberries is not really what I'm after...

Thanks all.
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Re: Learning German iPad app

The PONS English-German Advanced dictionary is an absolute must for me. It's iPhone iPod and iPad native compatible so one purchase will cover all devices. It will also speak the most important words as well.

There may be other learning tools for German out there, but when it comes down to it it will be the dictionary that will have the most lasting usefulness, regardless of what else you buy to help teach yourself German.
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Re: Learning German iPad app

The best thing to do would be an intensive German course, full immersion is the way to go and they teach you the grammar which are super important for understanding in German.
There are some good apps out there for learning German and some really terrible ones. I've tried a heap of them and the biggest recommendation I can make for someone who is just beginning is the Michel Thomas Method (you will see him recommended in other threads). They have made an app for his program, which is expensive but hardly the cost of buying the CDs. The app is Iphone built but it's all audio so the larger layout is not required. It gives you a heap of confidence in speaking fast.
For a tap and play Ipad app Busuu works well but they are always trying to get more money out of you. I would highly recommend 'German Flash Cards' by Declan Software. Absolutely awesome as it has phased repetition and a bunch of other tricks to make it stick. Get it it's worth it. Avoid 'word power' or 'word bots' they are terrible. The only thing with app programs is they usually give you words, German needs grammar for understanding and learning this alone can be painful. In a class it can actually be fun!
I hope this helps
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