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After 6 months of studying German, I still struggle to speak; how do I make progress?

So, It has been 6 months since I started my Journey with German. It's been really fun, and I really like the language, but I am starting to feel like all this time that I have spent isn't giving me ...
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Learning German for everyday situations

I already have a C1 level in German (Goethe C1); however, it is still very difficult for me to express myself in everyday situations. I suppose it has more to do with my lack of vocabulary. What could ...
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I want to know more about German language leaning for admission to German universities

I am going to earn my degree in 1 to 2 years. For my higher education, for getting admission to German universities, it is compulsory to learn German or you must have a certificate of German language ...
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If I know German, am I able to understand Dutch?

I'm studying German right now, and I heard the German language in Germany is similar to Dutch, which is spoken in the Netherlands and Flanders. I want to know how similar they are? Do I need to learn ...
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How to understand prepositions in German properly?

I'm currently stuck with prepositions in German, because I can't find a good English approach to them. Take the word, von, as an example. It means "from, about, by" -- according to this ...
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Learning German language online

I have recently finished B1 online course from Goethe Institut. Now I can not continue B2 course at Goethe Institut for some reasons but I want to continue learning online. I would like to ask for ...
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How long does it take to learn German at a B1 level?

I speak Hungarian and learnt English as a second language (both are at a C1/C2 level) and recently developed an interest in German. I tried to find out roughly how long it would take to learn German ...
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Language learning seems tough and a long process

English is not my mother tongue, but in my country it was compulsory for all the schools to teach their students English right from KinderGarten. I remember we used to have a picture book of English ...
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Where to find didactic video stories in simple German

I have troubles to find some bigger resource of German video stories for language begginers. All the resources on Youtube I found are: without video record (just plain talking with subtitles), or way ...
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Why is it that I can understand German when I have had low amount of exposure to it?

I have noticed something interesting to me. Over the past 10 or so years, I have been exposed to German in 2 main contexts, studying German vocabulary and seeing German words in music. This exposure ...
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Resources for learning Zürich German

I have recently become interested in learning the German language as spoken in Zürich. As far as I am aware, there are genuine differences in how the cases are used, the standard word order, etc. ...
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Learning to use articles correctly when your L1 does not use them

I have a friend who is Russian and has used German for day-to-day matters for the last two years. He is very well able to have detailed conversations in German. However, his use of articles is often ...
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Simultaneous intensive summer course in German and French? Or is it too much?

I am an unemployed engineer currently, and I have 0 knowledge of French and German (I am Spanish) so I have a lot of time this summer (virtually 100% availability). I can enroll in one or two ...
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Where to find a decent source that tells everything I need to know about german orthography?

So, I've told you I need an orthography source, but what do I want to know exactly? Below is the list. Letter-sound and sound-letter correspondence: Basically, I want to know which sounds each letter ...
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What is the easy and effective way to learn in tandem live, when speaker A has B1 and speaker B barely has A1 in the language of A speaker?

I learn German (~B1), my friend learns Russian (~A1, just a little bit of the vocabulary and ability to pronounce the text). Mainly we communicate through English. Next couple weeks we live together, ...
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Resources for learning Texas German

The German language arrived to Texas in the 1840s, and, amazingly, the language has stuck around with a few thousand people. Here is a fantastic video of a woman speaking Texas German for six straight ...
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German grammar books with exercises and answer key for self study

I am looking for a grammar book or series of grammar books for German that match the following criteria: the book or books must be in German, i.e. all grammar rules and instructions must be in German ...
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Path for German A1 to B2 certificate in one year

I am looking to take the Goethe Institut B2 test roughly one year from now. I have studied some German in the past, so I'd say I'm at an A1 level and could probably get to A2 quickly. I have never ...
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What are the differences between High German and other dialects? [closed]

I am going to either Germany or Austria to study German. I have been told there are differences in the German spoken in different regions, and would like to know what these were before choosing the ...
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Accent/Pronunciation Feedback Software for German

Is there software that can listen to a sample of my German speech and give feedback on my accent and pronunciation? I wish to have an impartial party listen to my speech, so that I can determine ...
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How to know the frequency of usage of a German word in speaking?

Are there any apps or websites that show how frequently a German word is used in the spoken language and daily use ?
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How to study to reach level B2 in German on my own?

I have reached level B1 in German with a teacher, but my finances do not allow to continue in the same way. How could I continue learning on my own to reach level B2 (in the CEFR) through internet ...
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How to memorize German vocabulary by connecting it to English?

My background vocabulary is English. Can you help me how to memorize German vocabulary by connecting the words with English?
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Is there a website to practice grammatical gender of nouns in German?

Recently I started learning German and I was wondering if there is an online tool where you can practice German grammatical gender, since it is something that you just have to remember. For example, ...
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Graded readers for German?

As several other questions already mentioned, graded readers are a good resources for extensive reading, at least for people who are not yet sufficiently proficient to read texts written for native ...
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What are some recommended iPhone apps for learning German?

I already use Duolingo, but feel as though it's not enough to propel my language skills and learn even more. Are there any German apps that are more grammar-based than vocab-based in the App Store (...
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Mastering both the French r and the German r

I have a high level in German and French, but I use a uvular /ʁ/ in French and an alveolar /r/ in German (and in Dutch, my native language). In German, the alveolar /r/ is mainly used in Bavaria and ...
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What resources do we have to learn German using our phone?

Hello and thank you for your time! Recently I have read an article which claims what are the most demanded languages in the bussiness world. I was shocked reading German as second one because of I ...
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Is it possible to learn B1-level German in 3 months?

I realize this may be a potential duplicate, but a quick look through the "Questions that may already have your question" didn't pop up anything. I am hoping to participate as part of the Fulbright ...
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How to say "Alexander I" in German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish? [closed]

What are the proper ways to say something like "Alexander I" in German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish? In English, you say "Alexander the First". Do you say something like "Alexandre le Premier"...
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Recent German novels (and other literature) for level B2

I am looking for recommendations for novels and short stories (and to lesser degree plays and poems) that fit the following criteria: they can be read at level B2 of the CEFR; they were published ...
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Good German novels to help further my German [closed]

I'm looking to improve my German by reading a book, translating it as I go. That's pretty much how I learned LaTeX, C, Python, and Bash, so why can't it work with normal languages as well, right? Are ...
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Relearning/refreshing language skills

This question is slightly related to an earlier question about studies on language requisition, but is more interested in practical/anecdotal evidence rather than 'scientific study'. During school ...
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Swiss German Learning

Can anyone suggest any resources for learning Swiss German? Since Swiss German is not an official language but a dialect it is very hard to find any resources. Ideally targetd for beginners with no ...
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How should an Indian whose primary language is not English start learning German?

I am an Indian and my primary language is Hindi. English is our secondary language, which we use in college studies and corporate offices. Our daily communications happens through Hindi and our local ...
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How can an advanced learner in an FL context get rid of grammatical errors?

Imagine someone who learnt foreign language (FL) from the same language family as his native language (L1) for three years at secondary school and then continued studying this language at university. ...
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When studying German, how much time should be spent on learning grammar rules vs. vocabulary?

How much time do I need to give to learning grammar rules versus vocabulary while studying German, or is it possible to speak a foreign language without needing to learn grammar rules?
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Has a corpus-based unprofessional bilingual dictionary ever been written - how was it received?

I am thinking of compiling a bilingual dictionary (German-English for that matter, but the question may be generalized). I was thinking of using a specific and finite corpus of texts, which should be ...
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What resources can I use to master German word order?

There are a number of tricky parts to learning German, but for this question I'm particularly concerned about word order. I'm using Duolingo and I often miss questions where this is the only thing I ...
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