Cool Links

This section gives you a number of very very useful links. If you have suggestion I will gladly have a look but I like my lists short and compact so I won’t feature too many links here…. oh, by the way… if there’s a broken link, please let me know. Danke :)

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 Easy German Videos – Youtube

This  is reallyAWESOME!!!!easygerman

They interview real people in the streets all over Germany, each time focusing on a certain subject like ‘How to greet’ or ‘What is typical German’. They talk at normal speed and with all the spoken features like mumbling, skipping letters and not finishing their sentences so it’s complete madness but the good news is….there are subtitles.
In German AND in English (in most of the videos).
The audio is a bit rough in the beginning but it gets better in the later videos. Really really great stuff… check it out!!!

 

Extr@ – German – learn German watching soap

extragermanAs far as study material goes, this show is definitely one of the most entertaining things you can watch. On the surface it is a sort of comedy soap opera… the story is basic, the acting is totally over the top and even off camera laughs. They clearly don’t mean it seriously :)But they are serious about the learning aspect and they have done an amazing job. All the actors speak super clear and slow they keep repeating key phrases … and still it feels somewhat natural and not at all “schoolish”. And there are subtitles, too…. at least you can turn them on.
At the end of each episode there is a little recap of the important phrases, and last but not least… the episodes are long so none of these 5 minute things that are over before you know it.
Bottom line: this BBC made series is extra super.

 

Lach- und Sachgeschichten

sachgeschichten-german-linkLach- und Sachgeschichten is a segment in the uber famous German kids show called “Die Sendung mit der Maus” (the show with the mouse). The idea behind Lach- and Sachgeschichten is to look at something from the real world and see how it’s made or how it works… in kids terms. But at least for me, when it comes to how a the technology behind a touch screen works or how tofu is made, then kids terms is just perfect.Seriously, the videos are absolutely lovely and many adults in Germany enjoy watching them, too.
The language is simply and the speaker speaks very clearly and if you don’t understand the words the video often helps out and allows you to guess.
Of course you need a decent amount of vocabulary to really enjoy it but for an intermediate learner it’s a great way to train listening while learning a lot of random interesting  things like “How is a toothpaste made”.

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Chaosradio Express

cre-awesome-german-podcastIn my opinion, this is THE BEST PODCAST EVER!!! In each episode, Tim Pritlove talks with one or to experts about a certain topic. A lot of topics have to do with computers (IPv6, the DNS-scene, ARM architecture, various programming languages, app-design) but they also discuss the German tax system, Bitcoin, coffee, beer, board games, World of Warcraft, the solar system, the human ear, secret services, movie dubbing, feminism and  post-structuralism…. just to name a few :). I’m sure you’ll find something.
They really go into depth on a topic. No wonder that an episode is usually between 1 and 3 hours long. But it’s not a boring presentation but rather two guys just having a relaxed dialog along an outline. And Tim Pritlove is really pushing for layman’s terms and has a great talent to rephrase and summarize things. There are about 200 episodes and I think I’ve listened to almost all of them, even if I wasn’t too interested in the topic. It’s just kind of soothing. Like a slow evening where you sit with friends and you just listen to their nerd conversations.
The audio quality is amazing by the way, and it’s completely free and runs on donations which is amazing, too.
So… if you want to listen to some  a lot of authentic (and fairly slow) German, while learning a bit a whole lot of stuff then check this out!!

 

Grüße aus Deutschland – Goethe Institut Podcast

Description soon to follow… but it’s great for beginners :)

 

Der Vorleser

vorleser-german-audiobooksIf you’re already advanced and you’d like to listen to some literature in German then this is the perfect site for you because there you can find… free audio books. And it’s legal. Isn’t that great? There are lots of classic stories of (mostly but not exclusively German) literature like Kafka’s “Die Verwandlung” or “Frankenstein”. Or how about one of the wild west novels of Karl May, one of the most famous popular writers in Germany, who has written about the wild west like no other and yet he’s never even been there.
The audio quality is great and the speakers are generally good at  what they’re doing. There’s also a large crime story section and you can find some drama and some non fiction there too. So if you are into audio books and serious literature and you want to improve your  German… check it out.

 

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zertifikat-deutsch-sample-tZertifikat Deutsch – Sample Test  

 
On this page from the Goethe Institute you can find sample test for the Zertifikat Deutsch exam. The level of this is B1. Additionally you can get some general information about the exam and a description of what you should be able to do for the level – all in German. There is a decent amount of clicking to do so don’t expect all questions to pop up right away but it is manageable. So if you are planning to take the test… this is what’s coming.

 

 TestDaf – Sample Test

testdaf-sampletestThe TestDaf is one of the most widely accepted language certificates for the German language. On their webpage they offer a lot of information including lots of links where you can sign up for preparation courses or buy guide books but they also have 2 sets of  tests samples there. It contains all 4 types of task (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and you can listen to the listening comprehension audio on mp3 and read the transcript there.  It might look a little intimidating at first glance but don’t worry… you can do will get there eventually because you are awesome! Enough motivation?… by the way… there is not many of the usual fill in the blank grammar exercises there, so this is good I guess.

dsh-sample-testDSH – Sample Test

Description soon too follow

 

 

 

By the way… if you’re not sure which test is the one for you (since both are enough to enter university, as far as I know) here’s a (subjective) comparison:

TestDaf vs DSH – pros and cons

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German.stackexchange  – German question and answer site

This is a nice forum for all kinds of questions about the German language like nuances, differences or grammar. I am on there too but there are many other people who know more than me. A lot has been asked already so you can find a wealth of information there. There is also a rating system and one can collect reputation so our natural human desire for gathering things is definitely catered for ;).

 

86 responses to “Cool Links

  1. Thanks for your great lessons. I like them. Do you have any audio lessons to learn the German pronunciation?
    I mean like on this site:
    http://leicht-deutsch-lernen.com/latest-vocabulary-unit

    Regards,
    Peter

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    • Hi Peter,

      great that you find this material here helpful :). As for audio, I don’t have any of that … yet… I might include that at some point but this blog is still very young (7 months) and I want it to grow organically and also, I lack the time and the equipment… but if you are interested in the pronunciation of the single letters I might have quite the site… it’s a lady doing video lessons and she is putting A LOT of effort into it… she talks about one letter and gives a ton of examples for how the letter sounds in words… she is certainly not the most entertaining compared to the rest of the youtube learning sources but she is really thorough (some vids are like 20 minutes long). I watched the video about the light “ch” and she actually has found an intuitive way to get at least English natives to get quite close to how it’s supposed to be… so, here is the link, enjoy :)

      http://www.easy-online-german.com/

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      • Anneliese Lucille

        Hi German Made Easy!
        I’ve noticed that you haven’t posted in a while and i was wondering if you are still managing this site or if there is an email that i can contact you on? Or can you contact me?!
        I NEED your help!

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    • This is pretty good for learning letter by letter: http://www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics/#
      there is a video on the top right on the german section that shows exactly how to produce the sound. Give it a try.

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  2. Thank you for this blog. Although it’s very catchy, I would love to see posts that hand in easier and interesting ways to understand German.

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  3. No, unfortunately not. But some have resolution included, where it says: (dazu auch: Lösungsblatt)

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  4. Hi there, any site or list for specific German terms used for coaching sports or physical fitness? Basketball and Football in particular?
    Thanks!

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  5. Danke sehr!

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  6. Hi, nice to see many useful links. It’s incredible that there are so many websites that people can use to learn German for free. I didn’t know about the Deutsche Welle Soap Opera and I am happy to discover it. Though the story doesn’t say anything, the fact that they are speaking clearly and slowly and there are subtitles makes it worth watching. I have found a website as well : http://www.deutschakademie.de/online-deutschkurs/english/ with a wide range of exercises on German language with the ability to choose your level, grammar topic and even exercises on German grammar books. It is well organised and it can be added as an application on a smart phone for free. Give it a go!

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  7. Thank you for all of these information, it helpes a lot :)

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  8. Thanks! I like the ” Easy German Videos – Youtube” a lot. I am currently downloading this entrie playlist.

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  9. CORRECTION TO HOW DO I CHANG MY SUBSCRIPTION? old address msc@aceweb.com, NEW: mscolgateny@gmail.com

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    • Hi Marlene,

      I think you just have to hit unsubscribe from the old address and then subscribe anew with the new one. I would love to do that for you but WordPress.com manages all that stuff and I cannot do anything with the lists… tut mir Leid :)

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  10. Is there any audio listening for B1 german language exam.I am from NEPAL. i need some model question for B1 german language exam.Plz help

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  11. It’d be great if you included http://www.duolingo.com

    If you don’t know it, it’s a website that teaches languages for free and at the same time crowdsources translations of websites. It’s not the best at teachin Grammar, but it’s AWESOME to stack up some vocabulary and it has a great, active community. For English speakers you can currently learn German, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese but more courses are being made by the community (the next ones are probably Dutch and Russian).

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  12. ubungmachtdenmeister

    I was recently pointed to another great learning resource that you might want to consider putting on here. Its a free radio course by deutsche welle, downloadable as a podcast or alternate audio files for other devices. A total of 4 series with 26 chapters each of approx 10-15mins each lesson. Its really hitting the spot right now for me in terms of training my listening comprehension. Its got an interesting story to follow as well. Just thought i would throw it out there. It can be found at http://www.dw.de/media-center/podcasts/s-100977 you have to scroll down and click a few links to get the files but its all there. The series is called warum nicht?

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  13. I just posted something on Germans you might find amusing: Its perhaps a less orthodox way of learning about a different culture and perhaps not 100% PC but fun!
    http://britbitchberlin.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/fun-loving-germans/

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    • I’ll read it later on and then I might make an effort an lift the corner of my mouth a bit… after I went to the basement of course (don’t know if you know that saying) :D… from your about page I guess you’re in Prenzlauer Berg, which is where I grew up. Gentrified indeed. From Aussenklo to Aussenlift in 20 years :)

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  14. The link “Some exercises for listening comprehension (Uni Köln)” does not work any more. Could you please tell us if it is in another website?
    Thanks in advance

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  15. Hi,
    Through this little contribution I’d like to celebrate the awesomeness of this blog:
    “Jojo sucht das Glück”
    http://www.dw.de/deutsch-lernen/jojo-sucht-das-gl%C3%BCck-folge-1/s-13359
    Videos are also available on Youtube as well.
    There are related PDF files of exercises, also scripts of episodes ‘n’stuff.
    I did not study this because I’m currently busy with the abovementioned Deutsch Extr@ series. But I believe can recommend for any resource-hungry German learners to at least check it out.
    Yeah.

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    • I actually had that on here for a long time (before I found extr@) but then my link was broken and I couldn’t find a working one… I am procrastinat… uhm… I am reworking my links page at the moment and I’ll definitely add Jojo’s adventures again :)

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  16. I’m finding Piggeldy und Frederick good listening practice, as a beginning student. https://www.youtube.com/user/piggeldy

    Also, good lots of resources for beginners and intermediate students on this channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/barcelada/ Right now I’m watching all the episodes of Deutsch Plus, the early 90s story of a Romanian immigrant in Köln who experiences racism and gets tricked into running drugs!

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  17. Dude, you are a fucking rockstar!!!!!!

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  18. First of all, I’d just like to say that your entire blog is AWESOME! I’m trying to teach myself German and this site has been amazingly helpful, thank you so much for creating such an awesome site! Now for my question: I was wondering if you could recommend some free online chat sites or something that allow you to practice German with other people. It would be super helpful to be able to practice real conversation. It would also be nice if there were sites specifically that help out beginners, as the majority of normal conversation would probably go over my head. I need some kindergarten stuff here, lol.

    Thanks so much!
    -Natalia

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  19. Conversation exchange.

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  20. Hallo,

    Das wäre sehr nett von Ihnen für Ihre Bewegung hier in dieser web-site. ich habe eine frage über Deutsch Bücher. vielleicht haben Sie paar Vorschläge für mich, die sind nicht so schwierig. momentan lesse ich gerne Der Spiegel online aber ich wollte ein Bücher anfangen, weil ich in Phantasie Land besser sprache lernen kann. ich danke Ihnen sehr

    Grüß
    YashaR

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  21. ich lese gerne Fantasy, habe ich scho a song of Ice and Fire fertig gemacht aber auf Englisch :p .. ich habe das Buch auf Deutsch sehr schwierig gefunden. danke für Ihre Reply

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    • Ach … genau das hätte ich jetzt vorgeschlagen. Ich fand es relativ gut zu lesen. Kurze Sätze und so. Aber natürlich ist da viel “Fantasy”-Vokabular drin. Vielleicht probierst du mal die Ork-Reihe von Michael Peinkofer, oder die Deutsche Übersetzung von der “Königsmörder-Chronik” von Patrick Rothfuss… da sind die Sätze auch sehr kurz und die Sprache wirkt einfach. Die Fantasy-Vokabeln gibt’s da aber auch :)

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  22. vielen dank für Ihre Empfehlungen, ich werde sicher einen Blick in beiden Bücher haben danach wähle ich ein aus. Sie sind am besten Lehrer oder Lehrerin auf der Welt. Cheers

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  23. Hi,

    You can give the link of http://www.mindurgerman.com. This website is full of examples and that make me very easy to grasp language. Thanks.

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  24. Hi, this is another cool series for learning german :), it’s called Deutsch Plus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lk9rS7n-4Q

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  25. auch wir österreicher unterrichten :-)
    yourdailyaustrian.wordpress.com

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  26. Wo findet man die Abschrifte des Deutschlandfunksradios? Ich suche durch die ganze Webseite, aber trotzdem finde ich gar nichts :(

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  27. Hey
    I started with German this year and I would like to know where I can get comprehension test, to exercise my understanding and interpretation of German texts. I am in grade 10 currently.
    Thankyou

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  28. Ich hab’ die tollest Seite gefunden! Da gibt es kurze Nachrichten, die ganz einfach sind. Sie kommen als Podcast auch.

    http://www.slowgerman.com

    Dein Blog ist übrigens total cool :) Er hat mir aber viel geholfen. Ich warte darauf, lassen WotD zu werde.

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    • Ja, die Seite kenne ich. Die ist wirklich gut. Ich wollte schon lange mal die Linkseite “renovieren”, aber ich hab’ rigendwie nie Zeit. Bei der neuen mache ich Slowgerman auf jeden Fall dazu.
      “Lassen” kommt bald.
      Kleine Korrektur:

      – Er hat mir aber viel geholfen.

      Warum “aber”?

      – Ich warte darauf, lassen WotD zu werden

      Das geht nicht. Du kannst hier keine zu-Konstruktion nehmen. Warum nicht? Weil das Subjekt in beiden Teilen nicht dasselbe ist. Im ersten Teil ist es “ich”, im zweiten “lassen”. Deshalb kannst du nur sagen

      – Ich warte darauf, dass “lassen” WotD wird.

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  29. I would like to submit a web site for your consideration.

    German American Cultural Heritage

    http://webpages.charter.net/onkelken/

    Tour beautiful German castles! Learn wonderful German Folksongs! Visit the Black Forest! Look up your German genealogy roots! Listen to Oktoberfest music! Experience German/Swiss/Austrian wonders!

    Ken Wigger
    Webmaster

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  30. http://gutenberg.spiegel.de/genre

    Here you can find thousands of free books in German. Ones which were originally written in German, and those which were translated into it.

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  31. There are a bunch of great resources here.
    Thank you all

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  32. Ja und was die Wörterbücher betrifft, diese mag ich am liebsten:
    http://de.thefreedictionary.com/
    http://www.linguee.de/deutsch-englisch/uebersetzung/
    Sie sind echt super!

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  33. German grammar pod is amazing! podcasts: http://germangrammarpod.blogspot.de/ and the text versions: https://sites.google.com/site/germangrammarpod/home

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  34. Wow! I just came across your blog, and it’s fantastic! You write so well, and it’s very funny. You put words in my mouth! I’ve lived in Germany for 8 years, and I’m not learning German anymore, per se, not in that still-really-learning-German way, but I am definitely going to share a link to your website recommending it to others. :)

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  35. Dear Emanuel, thank you SO much for this amazing blog and all the work you do to help us understand Germany! I’m a Bulgarian learning my fourth foreign language :-) German was always my top choice but for various reasons I just find time to start it now. I love how rich of a language it is and don’t mind sweating a little extra to learn it. I’m a very beginner still but with the passion I have, and your help here, it’ll happen. Is 33 too old to learn? :-D

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    • No. I’m 30 and I’m currently learning german. I wouldn’t say I’m a beginner but I still have a long way to go. I picked up the basics at school but didn’t really get the drive to learn it for real until I went there for work reasons a few years back. I’ve been actively learning the language on and off since then. I’m currently out of the classroom and doing the field work just now to get comfortable in the intermediate level. I intend to hit the books at some point but just now I’m enjoying just knowing even half of what is being said or written. Viel glück beim Lernen.

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    • Too old? Not at all :)… you can learn at ANY age, no matter what (well except Olympic gymnastics, maybe). And it’s not gonna be harder either if you enjoy it. And since you speak 3 languages already (wow) it’ll be even easierer because the more languages you know the quicker you can learn a new one. German is a bit frustrating at first because you will feel like a beginner for quite a while but just be patient and hang in there and one day everything will suddenly fall into place. The main thing is vocabulary. Forget about all the endings, focus on vocabulary and you’ll be fine :). Viel Erfolg und schreib mal auf Deutsch in ein paar Monaten.

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  36. Thank you for the encouragement. :-) Right now they are giving us free Spanish lessons at work (Spanish is #1 language in the US…) and even though I have intermediate knowledge of Spanish, it mixes so much with the German that I feel like I don’t know anything! You’re right: the problem is getting to the point where you jump the gap between beginner and intermediate…

    Speaking of which…I was wondering if you know of a resource (online or print or app) that offers German reading comprehension texts that are for beginners (with easy-ish language and grammar). There are plenty of resources for building vocabulary (usually single-word based) or practicing tenses but not much for actually seeing such used in context. I love your examples because they are “real” and conversational, so I’m looking for similar texts but longer. I even ask a couple of German penpals to write me something in straight German but they often get carried away with slang and it doesn’t work well. :-)

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    • Well, there are a lot of books for learners starting with A level. They have simple vocab and simple grammar and often they come with some exercises. Most of them are crime stories… no idea why but it’s pretty common, no matter what language you’re learning :).
      If you want to check those out, search for “Lernkrimi”. Other than that… I don’t have too many ideas. You could try this for news:

      http://blog.deutschlandfunk.de/2013/08/13/nachrichten-in-einfacher-sprache/

      But it might still be a bit of a heavy lift for a beginner.
      I’m sure the Goethe-Institute and especially Deutsche Welle have something on their webpages they have a lot of stuff and I don’t really know my way around there. Let me know if you find something cool :)

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    • Übungmachtdenmeister

      Well, when I started looking for easy beginner books to read I found a bunch of them by an author called André Klein. There is a whole series of short story books based in different german cities with a character called dino. Very easy to read, short enough to take in and all the more difficult words are covered with an explain at the end of the text. You also get little comprehension questions at the end of each story. See if you paid attention and/or understood what was going on. He also does krimi novels as well once you get past the novice stage. They are Actually quite a good read despite being a little short.

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  37. what I would really find helpful is vocabulary games that include the gender – because that’s my biggest weakness. well along with vocabulary, grammar, speaking in different tenses, and so on. most of the games I’ve found online just have you translate words like book. So to get the correct answer you’d type in Buch – not das Buch. I really wish they’d include that.

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    • That’s really odd that it’s not included, actually… wasted opportunity. I mean, if I don’t want to focus on gender I can still ignore it, it should definitely be there.
      But don’t worry about that too much. use “die” unless something else immediately pops up. Getting the gender wrong is really nothing that hinders understanding. Don’t stress over it :)

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      • Funny that that has come up. I have found several other sites with flash card type memory tools and they also miss the gender with the german words which I take to basically be pointless. Mostly though I think it’s more important to learn what the hell the noun is anyway, regardless of its gender, and then the associated declinations etc get learned as you come across the word many times. I find I learn the gender more with prepositions, adverb endings and ein words etc. For instance I know it’s “im Bett” or “in dem Bett” where it could be der or das but I dont need to know that because I’m either im Bett, oder nicht im Bett. Ok I think it’s actually das Bett, but the im bett is far more useful is what I’m trying to say. Anyway like the main man says. Don’t sweat it, the understandin/being understood goal is WAY more important than being grammatically correct, unless you are planning on going for a Goethe institute test ;-)

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      • thanks. I’m past the age where I stress over errors. I communicate okay, all wrong but I get my point across. people rarely laugh at my mistakes unless I say something genuinely funny – like saying fluchtnummer instead of flugnummer. can’t blame them there. :)

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        • I think in the west of Germany (not sure where exactly) they actually kind of pronounce it that way :)…. just without the “t”. They say

          – Zuch (Zug)

          and I think also

          – Fluchzeuch

          Makes a lot of sense if the plane is delayed ;)

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