Their idea was to design a top-notch, intensive, free language course for a group of refugees — and to partner with these newcomers in a language experiment. There’s a debate about the best way to teach German to nonnative speakers, Goucha says. Often, teachers start with a heavy dose of vocabulary and leave German syntax … Continue reading Learning German: Combining research and helping refugees learn a new language
The Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (BAMF) just sent me 330 euros because I know German. Woohoo! Ok, it isn’t really free money — it’s a refund — but it still feels brilliant. If you don’t know how the BAMF courses work, here’s a little overview: The BAMF integration courses include 660 lesson hours at … Continue reading It Pays to Learn German
I finally received my DTZ test results! Actually, in typical bureaucratic fashion, I had to go pick up my results from the language school and sign a paper saying I received them. I could have gotten them a few weeks ago, but I was busy enough that I kept putting it off. As luck would … Continue reading Ich spreche Deutsch: B1 German!
I noticed recently that a number of people have found my blog after searching for information about German vocabulary or grammar. I have written a number of blog posts about learning German, but that information is scattered throughout the blog. Here is a list of resources, more or less in order from least to most … Continue reading Resources for Learning German
After taking five months of intensive German classes, I have learned thousands of words. Or perhaps I should say that I have “learned” those words. One of the problems with learning a language quickly is that it takes a while for things to settle into your head. For me, the grammar is the easy part. … Continue reading Expanding and Reinforcing my German Vocabulary with Memrise
I have a problem with German. It has nothing to do with learning the language, a process that is going fairly well. If all goes well with my exam tomorrow, I will be one class away from B1 status. This classifies me as an “independent user” with “threshold or intermediate” language skills, according to the … Continue reading German v. Spanish
Today I took my A2 German test. Assuming all goes well, by Friday I will officially be an A2 German speaker. Woohoo! After finishing the test, I wandered across the street to the Mayersche Buchhandlung. I started browsing their sale books: €3 for one book, €5 for two. I looked for novels or other easy … Continue reading Reading in German