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Re: What are the best programs to learn German Quickly?

The best Kursbuch für Schwiizertüütsch:


Züritüütsch verstaa, Züritüütsch rede by Renate Egli-Wildli, coming with two audio CDs



http://zuerichdeutsch-kurse.ch/unser-lehrmittel/


As for the other links, also on Standarddeutsch: PM me as they are on my personal website
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Re: What are the best programs to learn German Quickly?

For anyone learning German, with a certain basic level, here is the Corona information in so-called "leichte Sprache". file:///I:/Downloads/Informationen_zum_Coronavirus_in_Leichter_Sprache. pdf
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I can't offer much about Swiss German. I work on the basis that Hoch Deutsch will be of more general use in my job, and if and when I get proficient, learning S-D should be easier. For me it's the best way round to do it.

Some general tips from the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/education...guage-ten-tips



I think that's a good one. I tell people I've been learning for about 5 years but in truth, I have so many gaps in my learning that when I get back into it, I spend nearly all my just trying to get back to where I'd left off last time -- and then I get bored and stop.

If I could just do 30 mins a day (say) rather than 5 hours on a Saturday once a month, I would get somewhere.

Nice OP though, Confloozed, and you've got me fired up to tackle this more seriously.

As for your question, I've tried most things but haven't persisted enough with any. The ones I liked most were:
  • http://dazpod.de/ (now discontinued but the material is still on the website)
  • The Michel Thomas stuff (Google it.). He can be annoying but I did learn a fair bit from the Foundation course, and if I could only push myself on to do all the other bits I would be well away.
  • http://youspeakgerman.com/. I like the delivery quality and personality of this (British) guy though since the first 20 lessons, it's dried up a bit. But there is enough in the first tranche to keep you going for ages. Costs about 5 UKP a month.
  • http://quizlet.com/latest - really useful syncable free app for both browser and mobile/tablet. Build up your own vocab or borrow other people's sets
  • http://www.dw.de/ - brilliant resource. Check out the Learn German link.
  • http://www.goethe.de/ins/de/enindex.htm I've found it useful to enter the exams, even though I've given up going to group classes. Done A1 and A2 and aiming for B1, though this is a step up. Doing the exams is an excellent way of giving yourself targets and forcing yourself to sit down and do something.

Personally I've not had much success in classes. Too much variability in standards and just not useful enough, given the cost. If and when I do real tuition again, I'll go for one-to-one or a very small group. Higher cost but more effective I think. The other thing I'd like to do if only i could find the right resource is weekend intensive tuition in Germany.
What are some of these links ( link ) ( Goethe de ) other than advertising. I had my link for a German book deleted by this Ace1. "schwyzerdütsch für anfänger jürg bleiker". Cant see that it was any different to the links ( link ) in this post!
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What are some of these links ( link ) ( Goethe de ) other than advertising. I had my link for a German book deleted by this Ace1.
Err, no, you didn't. It's still there.
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Re: What are the best programs to learn German Quickly?

In case, here are some other free resources:

http://www.openculture.com/free_german_lessons
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Err, no, you didn't. It's still there.
Thats not the link I was referring to. It was this one
http://www.bahn-bus-ch.de/sprachen/deutsch.html
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Re: What are the best programs to learn German Quickly?

if you can have a german conversation on the phone you would not be A1, should be at least a B1.

I got from knowing no german to B2 level(sehr gut in Goethe Zertifikat in all categories) in around 8 months and never did a single group course. Don't waste your money on group courses. I used a combination of methods, watching tv in german, listening to german podcasts, reading news articles in german, language exchange, reading books in german, have private lessons with good teachers on Italki, to prepare for german exam I used the Erkundung book, which I definitely recommend.

I don't think there is a single program that can get achieve massive improvement, it is about using a combination of methods and most importantly dive into the world of german and live like a german speaking person.
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