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learning German with Dyslexia

Hello all,

So I have dyslexia and have tried a handful of typical German courses over the years.

They. do. not. work. for. me.

Has anyone in here been in the same boat? Any tips? I really don't want to give up completely but it's starting to feel hopeless!
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Re: learning German with Dyslexia

Even though it's more expensive, I'd suggest a private tutor or at most a small group instead of a traditional class.
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Re: learning German with Dyslexia

Do you have any friends, family, sports club, work situations, where you can absorb German from around you and have people help you ?



From what I understand with dyslexia it might also affect your listening comprehension as well as reading. But for my mum, she found that spoken word was OK (podcasts, radio, or TV)...but reading was hard



On the 'upside' German is more easily decoded than English...


Have you tried Duolingo , Mondly or Memrise (apps) - they all do different things.


A colleague of mine recommended learning whole phrases, one at a time. Useful phrases. Write one phrase, practice it, put it on your bathroom door etc, and practice until you got it, then move on to a new useful phrase.



I do not have dyslexia (but my close family members do), but I had a 100% monolingual brain before arriving in Switzerland. It took about 4 years of immersion daily in a bilingual work environment, for my brain to absorb enough to switch over.



When we first arrived, I would have to type any official letters, word by word and line by line into the computer to translate them.


On the 'upside' there are amazing apps that help you translate just about anything from English to German - have you discovered 'DeepL' ?


Another friend of mind struggled with High German language lessons, then she went and did a course specifically for useful daily Swiss-German. That made much more sense and was her key to getting around socially and feeling more able to communication in her daily life.
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