Hi! Been following for a while, but this is my first post. Anybody have advice on how to increase my german skills, particularly writing, but reading aswell.

So im a young woman living in Germany for over a year now. I spent one hardcore year earning my A1 in German, finishing with a “2” in German standard scoring. Since then iv spent 6 months at my new job, my german consistently improving, (a drastic difference from 6 months ago to now) and im also perfectly fluent WHEN SPEAKING, aside obvious grammar mistakes.

I am more than capable of holding a deep conversation, im a careful listener and im very good at “reading between the lines” even when I don’t totally understand what they SAY, i almost always understand what they MEAN, even sometimes with words I have never heard before. Im at the point where my brain no longer translates what I hear, i just understand it. Comes with the regular grind I guess.

The only problem is, while my speech is consistently praised by others, my writing skills are severely lacking. As some of u may know, german basically has two standards. Writing standard, and speaking standard (not the right names i know, but i learned all of this natively, so i don’t actually know the names in english). My speaking standard is obviously on point, but my writing is just god awful, i bet there are even Uni students that could write better than me.

So my question is, will reading books help me improve my writing? My reading is okay, it could be better, and obviously i think reading would improve my writing to a point, but i need sources?

I love reading, but i don’t do it much anymore. I was always afraid of reading in German. I don’t touch german books, i also don’t watch many movies im german (this goes against all common advice i know) i always said to myself “ill read again when my german is good enough for it to be worth it” and now i think im at that point, but idk where to start i guess.

I cant just buy books. First off thats a bit out of my price range, i have no idea what my german reading level would be, and i also don’t have book shelf space. So is there any free online sources i could use? What would u guys recommend i do to improve my writing/reading?

Thanks guys, big help 🥰

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I'm living with an abuela (grandmother) and she complimented me!

Just a little something to share:

The first time the abuelos arrived, I had a hard time understanding.

A month later, they returned to the house. I was with the abuela and the house cleaner in the house. The abuela likes me to ask me things randomly. But she told me in complete Spanish:

When I first saw you, you didn't understand anything I said to you. Now, you have improved quite a lot and you understand me!

And the house cleaner agreed: Yes, Frozen learns very quick!

Me siento feliz porque me lo dijeron. :)

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Is there any truth to this?

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Has anyone here learned 2 or more languages to C2 level?

What's your story?
How long did it take you?
Did you learn one language after the other?
What was your most effective method?

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Youtubers and accents (american english)

so, lately i've been looking up american accents. There are a few videos on yt explaining the major differences (south vs north, the coasts, etc. ), however I still fail to recognize most accents. Especially the northern ones are very hard to distinguish in my opinion. I took it upon myself this year to finally learn how to tell them apart! (And also to just improve my english in general, but that's a whole another story lol)

Maybe a list of famous personalities with distinct accents could help! I thought of writing a list with youtubers (since they upload a lot of easy-to-access content) who speak a certain accent and then to just compare them. That's why I'm here. I was wondering if some of you know a few from the top of your head. It would be very nice of you to share your knowledge here :) Thank you

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If anyone else is looking for an Arabic - QWERTY keyboard layout on iOS, please add to this Apple Support thread!

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How can I implement language appreciation through my school's daily broadcast?

Hello!

I'm a part of the team at my school that is responsible for being the news and upcoming events for the school. I am constantly reporting the events and news for the school throughout the year, and I wish I could somehow get people to appreciate languages more. I know people have a natural tendency to shutoff when English is taken away, however I think it's important that people understand just how much diversity there is in the world around them. I speak English, Spanish, Russian and I'm currently learning Korean. I want to make some type of activity or interactive with viewers so that they can possibly come to appreciate the different languages that the world has.

Besides my bogus and plain ideas, does anyone maybe have a good idea for this?

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What is the hardest dialect to understand for a fluent language learner?

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Starting Korean.. 4th language. Any suggestions?

This is my first Asian language or language with any Asian influence. I want to try Korean because I can already read the words (and I know the alphabet and dipthongs). I'm aware, however, that Korean doesn't have similar to grammar to English, Spanish or Russian.

Does anyone have any experience that they can recall from their beginning few steps in Korean. How did you go about starting Korean? Any suggestions?

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A site called Chessable has shown me what Memrise and Duolingo should be.

I came across a site called Chessable this week and it incorporates the gamification aspects of other sites like Memrise and Duolingo in ways that will be familiar to everyone on this sub (watering, streaks, earning gems, leader boards, etc), but with additional aspects of learning that take it to the next level.

  1. Publishers of chess books are able to create online versions of their print books and sell them. These online versions are interactive, take advantage of the SRS features of the site, and can incorporate text and video.
  2. Community created courses can take advantage of the same features mentioned above.
  3. Courses can be free or they can be sold. Courses can be sold as both text only or text and video.
  4. The video and text are presented to the right of the interactive learning components. So the instructor explains the reasons behind certain moves and structures and then the student is given the opportunity to make the correct moves.
  5. Due to the SRS component the lines and theory that you learn in the course are drilled again and again over time. You can also review positions that you are not mastering easily.

https://imgur.com/a/h4Sk3FO

After using this site for a few days I am quite simply disappointing in the tools that we have as language learners. Particularly at the A levels, courses like this would be amazing, especially if paired with offline material from publishers. I'm thinking of all the possible ways that vocabulary and grammar acquisition can be improved as well as how the site creators have basically made it a platform that publishers can use to enhance their course material without having to build the tools required (something the publishers themselves will be very bad at because it's not their primary objective).

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and recommendations on Email/letter writing in Spanish and German ?

Hi guys,

I recently found out I got the job that I wanted in a multilingual e-commerce environment. I am very confident in my language skills in both German and Spanish, but my letter and email writing is a bit rusty since most of the time I have been using my languages for reading and face-to-face talking. I am not as confident anymore with letter and email writing though.

Since letters are less common now, it's primarily email and live chat I will be working with. Has anybody got any good resources (websites, videos, book recommendations) that could be a good refresher for my foundational knowledge and maybe learn something new also?

Thanks!

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What are the best resources for learning Slovak?

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Playing a game in Afrikaans!

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Are there any website or apps with the Omegle format but for language learning?

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Any recommendations of tv series in French?

I was watching Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and thought why not improve my French listening skills the same as I do with English? Any recommendations? My favorite series are Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Please, like me. Anything with this kind of humor would be great.

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Are there people who aren't capable of learning language whatsoever?

Hi there!

I believe there is no such a thing as a gift or talent for learning a language. Sometimes people tell me "I envy you, I wish I could speak languages like you do. You must have some sort of a gift!" but they just see the result - not the hours spent learning and such.

Anyway I have a friend who studies a school and he has "English" and "German" as a school subjects. (BTW our native language is Czech).

And he asked me if I could help him to learn English and German, because I can speak both.

And after six months I am like "Oh maybe some talent or gift is really needed here!"

Because it seems that he doesn't have the "instinct" or how to call it.

1) He kinda doesn't understand the concept of "types of words", so he doesn't understand what is a noun, what is a verb and so on. So I tried to explain him repeatedly, but he's still very lost and confused.

For example you have the "it sounds" and this is a verb. But he translates it as a noun - "sound" in plural and he's ok with it. He simply can't see and doesn't understand why it's wrong. And I am like "Well, it's not a noun, it's a verb." but he doesn't understand it much.

2) He totally ignores the tenses. Like he has a sentence "She is opening the door" and he translates it into our language as a future (literally: She will open the door). And I am like "It's not future" and he doesn't understand much why he can't change the tenses just like that and does it repeatedly anyway.

3) He also doesn't have the instinct to understand a meaning of the words that are the same in all languages. Like, he sees "Creativity" which is very similar to Czech "Kreativita" but he doesn't get it's the same word. It's very obvious for many people, but never for him. He always needs to explain it.

4) No matter how hard I try, he still uses "your" when he wants to say "you" and vice versa.

5) We don't have the "the" and "a" and "an" thingies in Czech, so he simply doesn't understand what they are, even if I explained him the grammar and gave him some examples and so on. Of course I myself forget these often and I am never sure if I use them correctly, but still...

6) He often forgets letters or he adds some extra in words.

Cold -> Corld (an extra "r"). Think -> Tink (forgets "h").

Also he has dyslexia. But I have dyslexia as well and still I can speak English, German and little Spanish. So maybe dyslexia itself is not a reason to be unable to learn language.

I am desperate. Am I really that bad teacher or there are just people who just are unable to learn a language?

What is your opinion? Do you think there are people who will never be able to learn a language - no matter how hard they try and what method they use. Or I am simply a bad teacher and a person ALWAYS can learn language if he or she really wants?

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Language with multiple words for thank you?

A while back I read about a language that has different words for different types of "thank yous". For example, different words would be used to say "thank you for saving my life" and "thank you for lending me your pen".

I can't remember what language it was though...

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Archer

So I was watching Archer last night with subtitles in my target language. I realized the translations made very little sense. I thought about it a little and I think it might be because Archer is at a ridiculously high level of English.

I mean, think about it: they talk super loud and super fast. Sometimes big words are thrown in ironically. There's just idiom everywhere and a lot of meaning comes from intonation and implication. They even throw obscure names in to get a quick joke. There's tons of really obscure cultural and sexual references too.

Anyone who isn't English native want to weigh in on this?

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Can somebody check this text?

I'm not sure that there are no mistakes (I translated it)

https://telegra.ph/Parable-about-how-one-man-wanted-to-change-the-world-01-10

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Chansons rock pour apprendre le français?

Je suis Anglaise et j'essaie d'apprendre le français. Je n'aime pas le rap ou la pop mais j'aime la musique rock. Avez-vous des suggestions de bon rock pour m'aider à apprendre le français?

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Building a regional education platform: The Coding Circle [Q&A]

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Suomea, olkaa hyvä! Interesting Finnish language course from 1990s tailored for Russian people

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What’s difference of pronunciation of president and precedent?

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Eakspa igpa atinla?

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