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Suggestions on websites and sources to learn German. And posting experiences in learning German.

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Meditating_farmer
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Post Number: 10
Registered: 09-2014
Posted on Monday, May 30, 2016 - 05:59 pm:   Edit Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

For anyone thinking of learning German, I would recommend centering your work on bilingual reading. The "Assimil" language learning book really helped kickstart my learning and was reasonably engaging. All it took was 30-45 minutes each day for a few months and I was already able to understand most of the German in the English-German spiritual teaching books(using the english pages as a reference).

After Assimil, I began reading regular bilingual editions of novels--Herman Hesse, Goethe, etc. In the beginning it took a decent amount of patience to decipher the grammatical structures and words. Now, about six months in, it is all very smooth.

The key is to assimilate German naturally by reading full paragraphs and pages rather than just studying a Grammar textbook or Vocabulary cards. Those things certainly have a role, but the important thing in the beginning is to develop an intuitive understanding of the language--the fundamental grammar and vocabulary will come naturally as a result of bilingual reading.

I would start specifically emphasizing grammar and vocabulary after you develop a basic feel for the language(after you finish the Assimil book, for example). Memrise is a great website I have used from the start.

German is really quite fun once you get a hang of it. It's also very easy compared to many languages. Us English-speaking learners have it easy compared to native Arabic or native Russian speakers who are learning German. English is, after all, a Germanic language.

from Die Art zu leben
"188) Der Mensch ist vom Scheitel bis zur Sohle nichts anderes als ein materiell gewordener Gedanke der allumfassenden Schöpfung—ein schöpferischer Gedanke in sichtbarer Gestalt."

"188) From head to toe the human being is nothing other than a thought of the all-embracing Creation which has become material—a creational thought in visible form."
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Msmichelle
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Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 04:42 am:   Edit Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

thanks Meditating Farmer, I'll order a copy and give it a test.

salome
MsMichelle
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Kenneth
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Registered: 04-2013
Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 01:07 am:   Edit Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I found in the Questions and Answer section, 2009. Does anyone have a recommendation as to the preferred computer program?

Hello Billy,
In today’s world it is possible to install a computer program that actually reads out aloud pdf text files in any language and of varying quality. I would like to know if it is possible to receive the hidden codes that are embedded in the German text by listening to them via a digital robot voice (not human) even though I would not understand a word of what is being said?
Peace John

Yes, that’s possible. It’s not the sound or tone of the words, but the correct sequence of letters.

Sincerely
Kenneth
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Tyler_rutland
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Registered: 01-2016
Posted on Monday, November 14, 2016 - 06:33 am:   Edit Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I've had a great experience playing some of my favourite old video games in German versions. Especially getting to read dialogue is great, and from the visual cues getting to figure out the less obvious sense of many words and phrases was very helpful fpr me.

from LIEBE Lehrbrief Nr. 27, page 296
"Die Schöpfung schuf alles in Liebe und Logik und legte dieselbe Liebe in alle ihre Kreaturen, damit das Leben selbst Liebe sei."

"Creation created everything in love and logic and put the same love in all its creatures, so that life itself is love."
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Tyler_rutland
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Posted on Monday, November 14, 2016 - 07:07 am:   Edit Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Billy wrote fairytales too..
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Tyler_rutland
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Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 09:06 am:   Edit Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Actually, after feeling the sense of verses out of the Goblet, I can't give my support to learning German from other sources anymore. It is just the best to learn German from the FIGU dictionary itself because it is the best German that there is.

It's probably the best resource of any language book, and anyway I have a dream that we could turn this forum into a place that reflects FIGU material in every single facet, so that the whole forum becomes a learning ground.
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Tyler_rutland
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Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 09:17 am:   Edit Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"Es war, als ich nach Indien reiste, da begegnete ich in Mehrauli in einer Burgruine einem uralten Mann. Er war ein weiser Derwisch und so sehr alt, dass ihm der lange, weisse Bart bis zum Bauche reichte. Er war sehr lieb und so gütig wie der beste Grossvater. Und weil er so lieb, gütig und so weise war, blieb ich lange Zeit bei ihm, gar an ein ganzes Jahr, weil ich von ihm lernen und selbst auch weise werden wollte."

https://shop.figu.org/sites/default/files/leseproben/der_rosarote_kristall.pdf

This is the first paragraph from 'Der rosarote Kristall'. I give a challenge, that even if you do not understand German yet and it is a challenge for you: read this and put your most storytelling-est voice into it!

Read it out loud as if it were being read by the most wonderful and great storyteller that you can dream of. You'll see how simple and uncomplicated German is, if only you show yourself how simple and uncomplicated it is!
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Kenneth
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Post Number: 487
Registered: 04-2013
Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 09:55 pm:   Edit Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Can someone please direct me to a U-tube link of Billy's contact reports in Swiss-German?

Sincerely
Kenneth
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Msmichelle
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Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 05:37 am:   Edit Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Don't worry my dear Tyler in the future your Dream will come true.... we are definitely a classroom at the same time we are teachers and learners.....
MsMichelle
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Davidmg
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Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 04:24 pm:   Edit Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Kenneth:
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzyHE-lyyrbswadu2DJ1FXw/videos
Davidmg
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Kenneth
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Registered: 04-2013
Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 10:42 pm:   Edit Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Davidmg,

Thank you very much; that's exactly what I was looking for.

Sincerely
Kenneth

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