German Surprise of the Day

fluentu-reviewHello everyone,

and welcome. Today I don’t have a word for you… but I have a nice little surprise. But first, I really gotta say … Rosetta Stone is awesome and really worth the money. Now you’re probably like “What’s going on Emanuel, are you a sell out now?” but no… I just really think Rosetta Stone is amazing. And if can’t afford it, then that’s your fault. Just can afford it next time! Really. It’s better than sex. All the those other programs and website… I don’t even know why they exist. In fact, there are even new one coming out.
Just a few days ago someone sent me an e-mail and told me about their language learning website. They’re about to launch the German learning version and he asked me if I want to introduce it to you. Of course I was like “Dude, don’t you know there’s Rosetta Stone?” but he was like “I know, I know… but I really believe in our idea. And we’ll pay you tons of money ” and I was like “Uh… how many tons are we talking about.” :)
Okay seriously .. I’m in general pretty skeptical about new methods or software or websites… I’m old. But I checked out the site and I actually liked it quite a bit.
And I think many of you might like it too, so I’ve decided to introduce it you guys and see what you think.

So… the name is FluentU.

fluentU-logo

It started out as a website for learning Chinese, and it has been around for a few years already, so it’s not completely new and they definitely do know what they’re doing. Now they are expanding and want to make more languages available, among them German.

What’s it about?

Language learners always yearn for real world input. Well… the web is full with real world input. Problem is… real world input is also really difficult because people speak fast and they mumble. So unless you’re already somewhat advanced, watching a random German Youtube video is not that all that much fun.
And that’s where FluentU comes in. They take real world video content from the web (mostly youtube) … stuff like Movie trailers or cooking recipes or beauty tips or news or whatever… and they add German subtitles. Not some shitty speech recognition subtitles, but real subtitles, done by people who understand the language.
But there’s more. The subtitles are under the video and if you hover over a word, the video automatically stops and a little info box pops up that gives you the English translation(s) as well as some grammar information. And it doesn’t only work word by word. It also works phrase by phrase so you won’t miss out n idiomatic expressions. Here’s screenshot:

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And there’s more. After you’ve watched a video you can click “learn” and learn the vocabulary from the video with examples. They even do little quizzes with snippets from the video.All the words you have learned go into your vocabulary list and the website helps you study them with the “spaced repetition” method.
And there are still more little cool features that can help you with your studies. You can find short video that describes it on their website.

 

What do I think of FluentU

As I said, I actually really like it. The video is really stops without delay when you hover over the caption box so it really only plays when you want it to and the translations… well, as far as I can tell they are really doing an amazing job.
In one video, there was a lonely mit at the end of a longer sentence and I was like… haha… let’s see if they get it right. And they did. The whole verb was highlighted and translated. Not just the prefix. And then, there was a video called “Kochen mit Thomas Müller”,  and when I hovered over the name, the “translation”  said that he is a soccer player in the world cup.
That’s really great and shows that the translations are done by real people… not algorithms.
All the other features are neat too, but what I really like is the idea. I watched a receipt for cupcakes in French … made by a French person for French people… and it made all the difference to have the subtitles and translations right there.
You know… sometimes you get about 70% of what people say but you feel like you get nothing.
The only small complaint I had was that the videos were all pretty short (4 minutes max) but that’s totally understandable. They’re really only starting German and translating a video does take some time, if it’s done like they do it. They definitely want to have longer videos later on.
So… all in all… I would really really really recommend you check it out when they launch it in August.
Now you’re like “Pfff… August… so long. I want to check it out now.”
And the good news is… you can.

The surprise 

As I said, they’re in beta stage still so they’re still working on it. And they need feedback from learners like you. That’s why they’re offering a limited amount of  free beta accounts to some of you… right now.
Yeaaaay.
And although there aren’t hours over hours of content yet, but they’re adding more than 2 per DAY and the Chinese version has more than 1300 videos… so quite some material.
So … if you’re interested, you’d really like to try out and you’re willing to give some feedback, then

Leave a comment with the code-phrase “unicorns rule”and your e-mail
address in the e-mail window (it won’t be visible to the public)
(sorry sorry but … all gone )

And I’ll pass it on to the guys from FluentU. It’s first come first serve so hurry up!! We only have a few dozen.
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Edit:

Wow, you guys are crazy  :D…   we’re already way past the number we had planned, so I’m really really sorry but for now it’s a stop. Tut mir echt super leid!!
Maybe, just maybe we can do a new round tomorrow but I’ll have to talk to the guys over at FluentU first.
But of course, if you  want to see how it works you can just sign up for French, Spanish, English or Chinese … only takes a minute and just your E-mail. Here’s the link again.

www.fluentU.com

There, you can also sign up for their newsletter so you wont miss the official launch of the German site (probably August).

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So this was my little review of FluentU. I really think it’s a cool idea and I would love to hear what you think so leave me a comment with …uhm… what you think.
Oh and as for a “real” post… that’ll come out on Friday… and you get to decide what it is. Hooooray.

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Oh and just in case there is some doubt about what  I REALLY think of Rosetta Stone… well… she’s just a gold digger;)

Oh and last but not least… TAUSEND DANK to the people who donated. Your rock my life!!

 

 

 

154 responses to “German Surprise of the Day

  1. Unicorns Rule!!!

    This is great … I need to get back to studying my German

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  2. Megan Everhart

    Unicorns Rule

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  3. unicorns rule

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  4. SnowOnACactus

    I started on Rosetta Stone actually. Was on one of my weirdly productive times, and ended up doing the courses for more than eight hours a day for weeks. They’re… oddly fun. But, I always like more tools.

    Unicorns rule.

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  5. unicorns rule

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  6. Unicorns rule
    I am a real beginner, so I really appreciate the longer explanations of simple things like alle/alles. Great work!
    I am still really confused by nacht/zu, aus/auf, and several others. Those pesky little words are like mosquitos: small with quite a bite.

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  7. Klingt gut… fast so gut wie Einhörner.

    Jup, unicorns rule.

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  8. Woohooo! Unicorns rule!

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  9. livingthingdan

    yes indeed, unicorns rule.

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  10. unicorns rule

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  11. Unicorns rule!

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  14. nikolaus.wittenstein@gmail.com

    unicorns rule and so do you!

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  15. Unicorns rule

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  16. unicorns rule

    Nah es hört sich gut an Emanuel! Ich möchte as auch gerne mal ausprobieren :)

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  17. unicorns rule

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  19. Hi Emanuel, I can’t find where could I sign up for the German Beta… I’ve registered but when I select German it says not available yet… ? Thx in advance… Nelli ps: your blog still rocks :)

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  20. unicorns rule

    gotta love learning platforms

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  21. “unicorns rule”

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  22. sorry I haven’t read the instructions… hope i still got the acc… :)

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  23. Unicorns rule!!.

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  24. Rahul Balmuri

    unicorns rule

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  25. unicorns rule

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  27. Unicorns rule

    Also, wow, that was a reeally original code! Thanks for doing the review though, I’ve been looking for a resource like this for forever.

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  28. Unicorns rule!

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  29. Unicorns Rule!

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  30. unicorns rule

    Sounds like a great idea ! Danke for the review !

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  31. Unicorns rule!

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  32. Alexandra Wazna

    “unicorns rule/Einhörner Regel” ;)

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  33. Unicorns rule

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  34. Unicorn rule !
    I guess this post of yours would get highest no. of comments ( from all struggling souls like me ).
    Bless you German language.

    Regards,
    Hunny

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  35. Unicorns rule! Hopefully I can get one. I’d really like to give this thing a shot!

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  36. Stephen Jones

    unicorns rule

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  37. Unicorns rule…no they don’t :P

    would try it with French as well :)

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  38. Unicorns rule !

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  39. es würde mich so sehr freuen, mein deutsch wieder aufzufrischen und dieses Zeug klingt einfach geil!!
    Habe seit monaten nix mit meinem deutsch gemacht wegen der arbeit und faulheit. Doch ich glaube dieses programm würde mir helfen.

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  40. unicorns rule!

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  41. Raymond Bolger

    unicorns rule

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  42. Unicorns rule

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  43. “unicorns rule”

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  44. unicorns rule!!
    Thx for your awesome website btw!

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  45. Unicorns Rule!!!

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  46. michael watson

    I would like to help. Unicons Rule

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  48. unicorns rule!

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  50. Unicorns rule :)

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  51. Unicorns Rule!

    Love the site, man. It’s very helpful. The daily words are a nice touch!

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  52. I wonder whether you can only choose one language there. Regardless, unicorns rule.

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    • I think you have to make one account for each language because beyond the limited basic membership they also offer payed memberships and a new language means new work for them with the translations.

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  53. unicorns rule!

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  54. Unicorns rule. This would be really helpful for me.

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  55. Unicorns Rule!

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  56. Unicorns rule

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  57. Unicorns rule – thanks

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  58. Grateful Reader

    Unicorns don’t rule. :P

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  59. Unicorns rule!

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  60. Souds great. Unicorns rule!

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  61. unicorns rule

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  62. unicorns rule they are supercool

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  66. Unicorns rule — but am I too late?

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  67. Unicorns do, in fact, rule.

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  68. Unicorns rule!

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  69. I would like to try it, but I can’t bring myself to write a silly sentence like “Unicorns rule”, so I guess I’m out of luck.

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  70. Unicorns Rule!

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  71. Unicorns rule. Please add me, can’t get enough of that German stuff!!!

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    • We’re already way over the limit but I was out of the house and couldn’t edit. So I’ll have to talk to the guys of FluentU tomorrow and see if they’re ok with 80 something… but if so, you’re in :)

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  72. unicorns rule!

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  73. unicorns rule! (too late?)

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  74. Unicorns rule!

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  75. find this review . last night, promptly lost . the page and couldn’t find this review . section. bummer. that was when unicorns still ruled!

    this morning I discover in fact the Babel fish rules! nay mind. :) inspiration to keep studying language is always welcome. thx

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  76. unicorns rule

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  77. Hey there Emanuel! German rules, yeah, 7Up!!!

    Have been using a similar thing to FluentU for some time now, by Yabla. Let me in ja so I can compare it with the competition? ;-)

    Err… unicorns rule?

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  78. I’m a relative newcomer to this site, so I apologize if you’ve mentioned this before, but are you familiar with Duolingo? It’s an absolutely free site that I’ve been using for about a year. They currently have several languages being offered–and not just for English speakers, either–and are working on new ones. I doubt it’s as thorough as Rosetta Stone, but for being a free site it’s actually quite impressive.

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    • Yeah, I know it and I think actually a lot of people use it. I don’t because I’m not learning a language right now but I really like the concept. Always great to see it mentioned :)

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  79. Hey Emmanel, Unicorns rule!

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  80. Der Kommentar auf dem WM war nicht witzig!

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    • Vielleicht hast du recht, tut mir leid :)
      Bist du Brasilianer?

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      • Ja. Das bin ich, aber das war Scherz. Wenn wir dieses Spiel gewonnen hättë, dann wären wir bestimmt die Bullies ;) Es hat natürlich uns weh getan, doch es war unsere Schuld denn der Mannschaft hätte ernsthäfter vorbereiten müssen (Ich benutze die Gelegenheit, um Verb tenses zu üben… haha).

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        • Es war schon ein bisschen bizarr… als das erste Tor gefallen ist, habe ich meine Freundin gefragt “Schaps?”, weil wir noch was im Kühlschrank hatten, und dann beim zweiten auch nochmal “Schnaps” und dann als ich den Schnaps für’s dritte holen wollte, fiel das vierte. Danach haben wir aufgehört, weil sie arbeiten musste am nächsten Tag. Surreal… einfach ein fettes Black-Out von Brasilien für ein paar Minuten… wie im Test, wenn man’s eigentlic weiß, aber nicht drauf kommt
          Es muss echt schwer sein, sich dann noch zu motivieren und weiterzuspielen, wenn man eh nix mehr gewinnen kann. Ich bin gespannt, wie es gegen Argentinien wird… vielleicht wird das voll das Scheißspiel, so wie Argentinien-Holland… furchtbar. Naja mal sehen. Hier mal die Korrekturen:

          – … das war ein Scherz (mit Artikel)
          – … gewonnen hätten (typo?)
          – Es hat uns natürlich… (nach Verb muss Subjekt kommen)
          – … ,doch es war … (SEHR GUT!!! Sehr schöne Verwendung von “doch”)
          – … die Mannschaft hätte sich ernsthafter (kein Umlaut)

          Und das war’s… nur die paar Kleinigkeiten :) Der Rest ist perfekt

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          • Ich hab’s mal an einem Film (Inglorious basterds, eigentlich) gehört, und ich dachte, der Artikel wurde nicht gesagt, vieleicht weil ihr so schnell sprecht.
            Naja, ich bedanke mich sehr! Ich habe es hier gelernt, “doch” zu verwenden :)

            Ja, das war ganz verrückt. Ich hatte gedacht, dass wir verlieren konnte, aber natürlich nicht so. Ich und meine Familie werden mit Argentinien spielen (ich meine nur, vor dem Fernsehen sitzen, und schlechte Wörte zu schreien haha Was ist das deutsches Verb zu “support a team”?), weil sie auch aus Latin America kommen aber das ist gar nicht zu häufig, weil sie unsere Nummer eins “Feinde” sein sollen. Die meisten Menschen hier sind am Sonntag mit Deutschland. Das Flamengo Hemd scheint jetzt wertvoll zu sein, oder?

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          • Ich muss beim Spiel arbeiten, aber bei uns in der Bar kommt auch Fussball und die Stimmung ist gut. Es gibt in Deutsch das Wort “supporten” aber das ist vielleicht nur eine Mode :)… das richtige Wort ist “unterstützen” oder noch besser “für ein Team sein”

            – Ich bin für Deutschland.
            – Ich bin gegen Argentinien.

            Tut mir leid, wegen heute Abend… das war kein schöner Abschluss. Aber Oscar hat glaub’ich gesagt “ganz gut gespielt”… naja naja :)

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  81. Bin ich so spät ! keine chance . Schade ! Ahmad

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    • Ja, tut mir leid. Ich hätte nie gedacht, dass das so schnell geht… falls nochmal sowas ist, dann hebe ich mir ein paar auf für Leser wie dich, die regelmässig Fragen und schreiben und diskutieren :)

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  82. unicorns RULE but you rule more!

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    • By the way, I just moved to Vienna to continue my German studies, and your blog has been my automatic homepage for the past 9 months while I was taking German classes back in the states, and it still is! Thanks for everything and for keeping German fresh and fun. It gives me entertainment and makes me second guess jumping off a building after studying ;)

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      • Wow, that’s great to hear. Danke für das liebe Feedback… Accounts waren leider schon alle weg, tut mir leid. Aber viel Spaß in Wien und ich hoffe, dass du gut mit dem Akzent zurechtkommst… der ist schon ein bisschen anders :)

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  83. Unicorns rule… just in case there is a possiblity for more users…

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  84. Ich weiß, dass es schon späte ist. Trotzdem, “Unicorns rule” :)

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  85. Unicorn rule!

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    • Oh nein… leider zu spät. Tut mir echt super super super leid. Ich hätte mir mal ein paar Accounts aufheben sollen für Leser wie dich, die schon lange dabei sind und viel Fragen und mitdiskutieren. Falls doch noch was geht, bist du dabei, aber es waren schon doppelt so viele, wie vorher ausgemacht… Liebe Grüße nach Schottland

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  86. Grateful Reader

    Was ist der wesentlichste Unterschied zwischen ausführen und durchführen?

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    • Hmmm…. “ausführen” würde ich sagen ist so für einen Step by Step Plan. Man führt Befehle aus oder ein Programm. “Druchführen” ist mehr so für Projekte. Die haben natürlich auch Einzelschritte, aber da liegt nicht der Fokus… man führt zum Beispiel Befragungen durch oder Versuche. Hilft das?

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  87. Unicorns rule.

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  88. Bitte Sag uns mal, wann sie das Program fertig machen!
    Ich würde mich freuen, es zu versuchen, obwohl die Anmeldungszeit fürs Beta-testing (beta-testen?) mir vorbeigegangen ist…

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    • Soweit ich weiß, wollen sie es im August offiziell starten… meld’ dich vielleicht einfach für deren Newsletter an, dann kriegst du alle Infos. Und ich denke mal, ich werde hier auch noch mal Bescheid sagen, wenn’s losgeht :)

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  89. Hi Emanuel, I foolishly missed reading your new post for a couple of days, so I’ve missed out – but just in case there is another round of offers to Beta test – Unicorns rule!

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  90. Hi again Emanuel :)
    I’m in and I’ve already tested a few of the German lessons. I think they rock!
    Thank you for introducing FluentU and keep up the good work with this site.
    You, too, rock!

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  91. Vielen Dank für FluentU Einladung. Ich habe ein Paar Videos ausprobiert. Die sind sehr Hilfreich.
    Nicht nur Einhörner, Du bist auch echt geil!!.

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  92. The website is very interesting. I find what they classify as beginner vs intermediate vs upper intermediate to be very blurry, so make sure you view everything.

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  93. Unicorn rule!

    Obwohl ich ahne es sei zu spät um das zu sagen. Ich war so sehr enttäuscht als ich die Edit las. Schade :-(
    Nun sag mir es wird mehr dieser Beta Accounts geben, bitteeeeee!

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  94. Halo! Vielen dank fur Ihr blog! Ich besuche oft Ihr Blog und es hat mir zu viele geholfen. Ich würde es wirklich schätzen, wenn Sie ein Update auf dieser Website veröffentlichen können. Ich bin noch ein Anfänger Deutsch Student. ( I just love long lines eh??? haha sorry… dont know if what i said is ok, im trying) Last question.. do you have a forum somewhere where you can answer question and stuff?? Danke.

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    • Ja, ich sage Bescheid, wenn es offiziell losgeht… hier mal eine Korrektur:

      – … es hat mir zu viele geholfen…

      Da würde man eher sagen “sehr geholfen” oder “extrem geholfen”… mit “zu viel” klingt es wie

      – It helped too much

      as is

      – I wish it would have helped less

      :)
      Du kannst natürlich hier fragen, aber es gibt ein ziemlich gutes (etwas strenges) Forum

      http://www.german.stackexchange.com

      Ich schreibe da auch ab und zu und das Niveau ist insgesamt sehr hoch.

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  95. German not yet available.. x

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  96. Ihr habt es definitiv verdienst, Mensch! Vielleicht sollten wir euch danken, denn es wird viel leichter sein, an der Gesichter der Argentinier zu stieren, und um sie zu verspotten. Otherwise we would never hear the end of it… hahahaha

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    • Good old love-hate rivalaries :)… ich freu’ mich besonders für Miro Klose… der ist so unglaublich bescheiden und bodenständig und hat immer sein bestes gegeben. Der hat’s echt verdient. Und die meisten Tore auch noch… In Ronaldo ‘s face :)

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  97. Emmanuel Tetteh-Abam

    Unicorns rule! Link me up !

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  98. unicorns rule

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  99. unicorns rule

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