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German vocabulary and grammar are tightly related, which makes it quite impossible to learn a basic German vocabulary without at the same time also learning and understanding the basic rules of German grammar. If you follow standard curriculums, as a beginning German language student you would find yourself spending much more time initially learning German ...


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In my opinion, start reading books and watching videos (all in German of course). Start with difficult stuff, stuff that only fluent German speakers could easily understand. If the material is too difficult to understand properly (that is at your discretion) then start going for material that less fluent speakers would understand. Continue until you reach a ...


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A quick Google search brings up quite a few results. Pimsleur, the language learning program, has a Swiss German course available for $42 USD, which includes ten thirty-minute mp3 lessons that will give you a basic foundation in the language. The website Swiss German Online has a list of commonly used phrases in Swiss German, as well other language basics. ...


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I was in a similar situation with Korean, and I found that when I started re-learning it, beginner material was too easy, but I had large holes in my knowledge in intermediate and advanced materials; however, it was hard to know what I didn't know. After randomly studying different things and feeling either bored and/or frustrated with them, I decided to ...


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There are Eli Graded Readers for several languages, including German. The books come with a CD containing narrated excerpts from the book. They also contain other content, such as a glossary at the bottom of each page, pre-reading and post-reading activities, and dossiers on culture and the author. For level A1, there is, for example Die Zauberflöte (...


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The most famous book in this area is "the yellow one": Lehr- und Übungsbuch der deutschen Grammatik – aktuell by Hilke Dreyer and Eberhard Schmitt, published by Hueber. This book was first published in 1985 and has been updated several times. It is aimed that levels A2 to C1, which is quite a wide range. There is a volume with grammar rules and exercises (...


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There are so many apps available on Play Store to learn the different languages but, the most rated app i have found on Play Store is DuoLingo which is useful for learning the basic things in any language. You cannot learn all the things but the basic dictionary words and daily spoken words can be easily learned from this I hope it will help here is the ...


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Your knowledge of English is very helpful in this regard. In your shoes, I would rather learn German using English as a base rather than Hindi. Find a book or an online resource in English that will teach you German. The reason is that the English language has two major roots; German is one of them (Latin is the other). A majority of the 2,000 most common ...


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There are a lot of resources on German word order out there, usually giving a set of standard rules to go by. Dartmouth College has two good pages, one that "emphasizes formal structures and prescriptive rules", and another one that is more "conceptual in nature". Even though the authors claim that the latter article takes "a more user-friendly, and ...


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Think in terms of a process rather than results You are continuously using your native language (I guess) and learning new words, since the language has to talk about new concepts, so new words are developed by necessity. Likewise, you probably meet specialist vocabulary that you have to learn every now and then. The same is true for English, and since it is ...


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That translations given to prepositions is very misleading. Unlike such parts of speech as nouns, verbs, and adjectives, the prepositions do not have unambiguous translations. Rather they function as grammatical elements, the use of which has to be remembered, as it often idiosyncratic. Moreover, what is relevant to inflected languages, such as German: the ...


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Dictionary creators who are not trained in linguistics or lexicography are in good company. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) created his A Dictionary of the English Language between the years 1746 and 1755 (year of publication). Johnson was not trained in linguistics or lexicography; he never finished university because he ran out of money. Johnson used ...


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In Romance languages, adjectives and nouns agree in number and gender, so there are different versions for kings and queens: Catalan: Alexandre primer, Elisabet primera. Spanish: Alejandro primero, Isabel primera. Italian: Alessandro Primo, Elisabetta Prima (note capitalization of ordinal numbers in this context in Italian). French: Alexandre premier, but ...


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I believe that by "going 21st Century" and using the Internet, and then doing the following will help you quite a bit to re-learn much of the German you apparently believe that you have forgotten: Obtain a copy of Barron's "German Grammar", which is a small, inexpensive, pocket-sized reference grammar intended for relearners, as it says ...


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The Centrum voor Levende Talen (CLT) in Leuven, Belgium offers two types of German language courses: (1) for native speakers of Dutch, Afrikaans, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish and (2) for native speakers of other languages. The first category of learners can follow the "fast track", with 70 (classroom) hours per course, up to level B1. The other category of ...


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The type of resource you are looking for would be a frequency list or a frequency dictionary for German (in German: Frequenzwörterbuch). This type of dictionaries is created on the basis of a (text) corpus. For the spoken language, it would be necessary to record people speaking German and then transcribe the dialogues, in order to get a text corpus that can ...


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I have some recommendations for you. Here you can find videos about everyday life in Germany. I think, this is a quite nice channel, representing German by authentic language examples. The playlists are sorted by levels and always with German and English subtitles. This link leads to news in simple language from Northern German Broadcasting, which can as ...


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In order to study at a German university, you need level C1, not B1 or B2. Students need to prove their proficiency by taking tests such as TestDaf, the Telc C1 test or the Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (which is a test for C2). However, in the last few years, I have worked with Chinese students who wanted to study at the University of ...


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Since the dialect is more or less dying and the available resources and descriptions are aimed at linguists rather than language learners. The linguist Hans C. Boas (University of Texas at Austin) has been recording the dialect in order to preserve it, which is a very different goal than the creation of learning resources. See the the YouTube video "...


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The book Übungsgrammatik für die Grundstufe by Friedrich Clamer and Erhard G. Heilmann, published by Liebaug-Dartmann, fulfills your criteria. You can see it on the publisher's website here. The physical book costs €9.60 and has 166 pages. The most recent edition came out in 2007. The book is in German and is for levels A2-B2. Each chapter begins with an ...


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There are a few German websites that each provide a small set of exercises. For example: Lingolia: Genus - Übungen. Levrai: Nomen: Übungen zum grammatischen Geschlecht. Donnerwetter: Der, die oder das?. On websites in English: German.net: German nouns & articles (see the links to the exercises at the bottom of the page). Lingolia: Gender - Exercises.


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It may not be tough for you. Because one who has German B2 level can easily pass TestDaf. But, you need to prepare with a plan of actions and practice more. There are four sections: 1. Reading, 2. Writing, 3. Listening, 4. Speaking. How to prepare? Even if you’re not in Germany, there are tons of reputable online preparation courses you can take if you’re ...


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I'm thinking about the same problem with refreshing my Italian. My approach is to use Duolingo - you can quickly go through the things that you already know and focus on topics that are weaker. Plus, it's very addictive with its gamification element. I spent 20-30 minutes daily for the past 20 days and managed to go through most of the words a learned for 6 ...


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Note: this is just my personal opinion and may not apply to everyone. I found that prioritizing grammar works quite well. If you know the grammar, you can construct any sentence (even if your vocabulary is too limited to convey exactly what you want to say) and understand what is going on in sentences spoken by others (even if you do not know what they are ...


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There is no recommended ratio for the time you should spend on vocabulary versus the time you should spend on grammar. You need both. And you need some vocabulary to start with, since you need vocabulary to read and create example phrases that use the grammatical rules you are learning. If you don't know much about German yet, try to find a native speaker ...


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I am also a Indian. It is not hard to learn German. Contrary to what many people believe, this language is easy to learn, especially if you are well-versed with English. English and German are similar in a way that they share the Germanic root. Additionally, thousands of German and English words are closely related. It's possible you can learn German ...


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A lot of language learners think it is difficult for anyone to acquire languages but it is just a social and cultural process and we are naturally predisposed to achieve it anyway. I've known a lot of polyglots who could fairly get by(and even write essays)after about 2 or 3 months in languages that they never heard a native speaker speak before- Fun fact: ...


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One can take several approaches, which can also be combined. A haphazard approach: Always carry a notebook (or a digital equivalent) with you in which you can make notes about things that create grammatical difficulties or raise grammatical questions. At regular intervals, look up these issues in a grammar and/or ask friends or colleagues what the correct ...


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I cannot provide you with a constructive suggestion. Just a few thoughts: If it is your goal to learn German, I recommend you don't waste too much of your time with apps like Memrise and the like. If you didn't know that German is also spoken outside of Germany, you should definitely familiarise yourself with the language through resources that provide at ...


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The page Deutsche Lektüre für unterschiedliche Niveaustufen by did deutsch-institut lists several books for level B2 that have been recommended by teachers. Almost half of them were published before 1980. Here are those published after 1980 (listed in reverse chronological order): Erebos by Ursula Poznanski (teenage fiction, 2011) Tschick by Wolfgang ...


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