Learning Tips

Tip 1 – Use post-it notes!

„Decorate“ your flat or house with post-it notes and label every object with little stickers.

How it helps: You are constantly reminded of the new word when you look at or take the object.

Tip 2 – Learn words in context!

A good portion of daily communication involves predictable common phrases: “Wo finde ich…“, „Ich hätte gern…“, „Freut mich.“ When studying German, memorise these phrases and you’ll have a ready arsenal of dialogue, without the stress of having to build your sentences from scratch.

How it helps: If you focus on learning phrases or words in the context you’re most likely to find them, you’re more likely to recognise them when you encounter them or need to use them again. The latest language books like „Menschen“ or „sicher!“ of Hueber Verlag work a lot with lexical „chunks“. Chunks are groups of words that can be found together in a language. They can be words that always go together, or even entire sentences.

Tip 3 – Visualise!

When you learn new German words, it’s important to link them with pictures so they can start penetrating your long-term memory.

How it helps: If you link the new words you learn to pictures, instead of having to translate from German to your language, you can instantly recall what you’ve learned as your mind links the picture to the word you need to use.

+1 – Review often!
Review is essential – in the first few days or weeks after learning new vocabulary, recycle those words and you’ll entrench them in your memory. The goal is to transfer the short-term knowledge of new vocabulary into your long-term memory. A good language textbook or online program will be organised in a way that reviews and applies learned vocabulary in later lessons.
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3 Tips for listening

Listening is considerably easier than speaking. The new media available these days offer a wide variety of possibilities. Even if you don`t understand everything or much at first, just accept it. Keep listening and get accustomed to the sound of the language. Constant input will train the brain. You`ll see: You`ll soon get the feeling for words and intonation.

Tip 1 – Listen to the radio!

You only need a few clicks to tune in to a German radio station or to listen to a podcast. Listening to the radio can help bring great results for all proficiency levels because radio programs not only broadcast news items, but also advertising, interesting conversations, and your favorite songs!

Here you find a list of radio stations in Germany and Austria:

bayern 3
Bayern 3 is a broadcast radio station in Munich, Germany, providing Classic Rock, Pop, and R&B Hits music.

 

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1 Live The most current and incendiary hits from all over Europe. There is a lot of modern and youthful German speech, and it is very popular on German radio.

 

FFH Hitradio

Hit Radio FFH is a broadcast radio station in Bad Vilbel, Germany providing Classic Rock, Pop and R&B Hits music.

 

Deutschlandfunk

Deutschlandfunk A program about life in Germany and in Europe, including talk shows, interesting conversations, news reports – in short, everything that would useful to listen to for the advanced level. The listener can switch between news, cultural and scientific broadcasts.

 

Euronews

Euronews Relevant, unbiased news transmitted universally. This channel offers comfortable listening in all respects

 

hr3

hr3 is a broadcast radio station in Frankfurt, Germany, providing contemporary Pop and Rock music.

 

orf1

Ö1 ORF Liveradio is a radio channel on the OE1.ORF.at internet radio station from Vienna, Austria providing Classical music, music news, culture and entertainment.

 

hitradio ö3

Hitradio Ö3 is a broadcast radio station Austria providing News, Pop and Rock music.

 

Tip 2 – Watch TV!

TV shows are a great way to get your German in shape. Not only you can gain insight into German culture but you can also learn new slang from TV. Here you can find some online media libraries helping you to stay tuned all the time :).

Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) is a public-service German television broadcaster based in Mainz (Rheinland-Pfalz). ZDF Mediathek offers various news programs.

 

The ARD (full name: Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Consortium of public broadcasters in Germany, details below at name) is a joint organization of Germany’s regional public-service broadcasters and the world’s second largest public broadcaster after the British Broadcasting Corporation

 

WDR Fernsehen is a regional public service television station owned and operated by Westdeutscher Rundfunk and serving North Rhine-Westphalia. The main news programs of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk are shown live.

 

ARTE (Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne) is a Franco-German TV network, a European channel, that promotes programming in the areas of culture and the arts. It is made up of three separate companies: the Strasbourg-based European Economic Interest Grouping Arte GEIE plus two member companies acting as editorial and programme production centres, Arte France in Paris (France) and Arte Deutschland in Baden-Baden (Germany). Its programmes cater technically to audiences from both France and Germany. This implies double-titling, opposite-language subtitling, dubbing, hosts who speak both languages alternately, and two separate audio tracks.

 

The Österreichischer Rundfunk (-Austrian Broadcasting-, ORF) is the Austrian national public service broadcaster. ORF-Thek offers live broadcasts of the following channels: ORF 1, ORF2, ORF III and ORF Sport +. Some programs are only available in Austria due to rights restrictions.

 

Tip 3 – Listen to audio books or watch DVDs!

Pause from time to time and listen carefully to single sections a few times in a row.

Great way to learn with and audio book are the Lextra readers of the Cornelsen Verlag with an audio-book version of the story. For A1/A2 level and for a level above: A2/B1. The ‘Großstadtgeschichten’ series focusses on the everyday dramas of the Schall family in Berlin. Crime fans can follow detective Patrick Reich* on his adventures, or investigate crimes around the German-speaking world with the SIRIUS team. Illustrations and footnotes help with comprehension; exercises in the appendix offer extra practice. Some also include further background cultural information.

*Take a closer look: Lextra: Die Spur führt nach Bayern. Ein Fall für Patrick Reich

Lextra

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+1 Practise pronunciation through music

In order to get accustomed to intonation and pronunciation, you can also listen to music. When you listen to songs in German, you easily recognise sounds and words and you begin to sing and learn the words and pronunciation.

Wir sind Helden – Nur ein Wort

Lyrics

Ich sehe, dass du denkst
Ich denke, dass du fühlst
Ich fühle, dass du willst
Aber ich hör dich nicht, ich

Hab mir ein Wörterbuch geliehen
Dir A bis Z ins Ohr geschrien
Ich stapel tausend wirre Worte auf
Die dich am Ärmel ziehen

Und wo du hingehen willst
Ich häng an deinen Beinen
Wenn du schon auf den Mund fallen musst
Warum dann nicht auf meinen

Oh bitte gib mir nur ein Oh
Bitte gib mir nur ein Oh
Bitte gib mir nur ein
Bitte bitte gib mir nur ein Oh
Bitte gib mir nur ein Oh
Bitte gib mir nur ein Oh
Bitte gib mir nur ein
Bitte bitte gib mir nur ein Wort

Es ist verrückt, wie schön du schweigst
Wie du dein hübsches Köpfchen neigst
Und so der ganzen lauten Welt und mir
Die kalte Schulter zeigst

Dein Schweigen ist dein Zelt
Du stellst es mitten in die Welt
Spannst die Schnüre und staunst
Stumm wenn
Nachts ein Mädchen drüber fällt

Zu deinen Füssen red ich mich
Um Kopf und Kragen
Ich will in deine tiefen Wasser
Große Wellen schlagen

Oh bitte gib mir nur ein Oh
Bitte gib mir nur ein Oh
Bitte gib mir nur ein
Bitte bitte gib mir nur ein Oh
Bitte gib mir nur ein Oh
Bitte gib mir nur ein Oh
Bitte gib mir nur ein
Bitte bitte gib mir nur ein Wort

In meinem Blut werfen
Die Endorphine Blasen
Wenn hinter deinen stillen
Hasenaugen die Gedanken rasen

Oh bitte gib mir nur ein Oh
Bitte gib mir nur ein Oh
Bitte gib mir nur ein
Bitte bitte gib mir nur ein Oh
Bitte gib mir nur ein Oh
Bitte gib mir nur ein Oh
Bitte gib mir nur ein
Bitte bitte gib mir nur ein Wort

Check out our Pop-Dolmetscher – hits translated into German

 

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