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Old 11-15-2004, 10:18 AM   #1
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Default I want to learn how to speak german

Well i just got back from a work related trip in germany, and i fell in love with the country. I went with my father who speaks german(learned when he was young) and everything went really smoothly. Besides knowing how to ask for drink and directions I was at a total loss in speaking the native language.

I was wondering if there are any special schools or class on can take that would help me to speak the language. Im still of college age so I could enroll in a school but id like to try something a little less costly at first. Eventually my plan is to begin to learn the language here with the help of my father and some kind of starter courses, then to actually move to germany for awhile where I could fine tune my accents, and vocabulary.

any suggestions????

PS the cars in germany are sweet!
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Old 11-15-2004, 10:20 AM   #2
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Is Berlitz still around? That used to be the most well-known language school.

And good luck; I was born there and still wound up flunking out of 8th grade in German School.

EDIT: http://www.berlitz.us/default.htm
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Old 11-15-2004, 10:35 AM   #3
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in high school i took german.had a great teacher. i had him for two years and he was the reason i liked that class. very animated, great teacher.

we would have days where we were only allowed to speak german and he would call on everyone in the class to test our knowledge. if you got it wrong he would scream, "NEIN, DAS GEHT NICHT!!!!" (no, that doesn't go)

or

"PUNKTE AB!!!!" (points off).

of course with out him teaching it probably wont be that fun.

he would also pretend he was a tank commander and yell at us like we were the enemy as he drove around the classroom. good times
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Old 11-15-2004, 10:37 AM   #4
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you could always try the "teach yourself xx" software. some of it is fairly inexpensive-- probably good reason for that, but even the good stuff that comes with a mic is well under $100.

that would teach you conversational... you'd probably be awful at written without time in a real classroom, though.

I find the software to be very useful for brushing up, but not a substitute for conversation. of course I also have had 5 years of classroom instruction.
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Old 11-15-2004, 10:42 AM   #5
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yeah the berlitz program seems good to speak it, but totally different from the lessons i had in school with spanish. maybe going back to school is the only way.

I checked out a local community college that offers it as a minor...maybe ill call them up.
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Old 11-15-2004, 12:02 PM   #6
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i want to learn german too. even when u talk normally its offensive.
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Old 11-15-2004, 04:38 PM   #7
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Old 11-15-2004, 04:40 PM   #8
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Axis power languages rock for some reason. I'd like to study Jap, Germ, and It.
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Old 11-15-2004, 04:40 PM   #9
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I understand there are some german instructional videos available.
Google keywords German & GGG and see what you can find.

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Old 11-15-2004, 04:42 PM   #10
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I should really learn it for work... damn German company! No school reimbursement, either. :-/
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Old 11-15-2004, 04:43 PM   #11
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Axis power languages rock for some reason. I'd like to study Jap, Germ, and It.
That's my plan. Japanese I got, German is next. Too bad the local city college class start at 5, exact right when I get off work, and it is about 40 minutes away.
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Old 11-15-2004, 04:52 PM   #12
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I need to brush up on mine... Writing it is okay... just speaking sometimes I mix in Croatian words, as well as english words. Damn the man.

i know what ya mean by mixing words...like talking to a chick ill say

in das pooper
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