[German] 1st class review

Lucy (diN0bot) Mendel a.downy.hint at gmail.com
Thu Oct 20 04:37:01 UTC 2011

2011/10/19 Christian Wolff <sub-nbgerman at scara.com>:
> Hi,
> I did not make it yesterday due to my first cold of the season...
> As for german movies, the "berlin and beyond" festival starts
> tomorrow at the castro:
> http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/prj/bby/enindex.htm

Gibt's einen bestimmten Film, den jemand ansehen will? Es freut mich
nicht so viel als wenn wir wandern oder reden.....wir können also
vorhin zusammen essen, oder nachher den FIlm diskutieren. Was denkt
ihr? Dann bin ich dabei!

Ich habe auch viele Bücher (Eine Tiefe am Himmel, lustige
Taschenbücher, Siddhartha, Faust, Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts...
vielleicht die Bibliotek hat sie auch, oder jemand liest ein bisschen
vor, um uns ins Laufen zu bringen.) Also, wie haltet ihr dann für eine

> I also have a number of german children's shows (and other shows and
> movies) on DVD. We can maybe organize a viewing party, if there is
> interest? These are mostly german audio with german subtitles, which
> appears to be very helpful.
>   Alles Gute, bis zum nächsten mal,
>     Christian.
> On 2011-10-19 15:38, Jacob Ervin wrote:
>> Hey everyone,
>> Thanks to everybody who made it to our first class/meetup. I think we came up with a good game plan for the group.
>> For those who weren't able to make it here's a quick rundown.
>> We agreed that one hour a week isn't enough to really help beginners, though it is handy for intermediate/experts to stay sharp. So in order to help beginners each week we will have an optional study theme to keep people busy in-between classes IE "At the restaurant", "Common words and phrases" or maybe topics such as gender or plurals in German.
>> It would also be nice for people to share any helpful links they find while studying on their own. We can add them to the Wiki as they get passed around the mailing list too. Here are some that where recommended last night that seem interesting.
>> 1) - 100 most common words in written German. Seems like it would be a good foundation to know most of these.
>> http://german.about.com/library/blwfreq_t50.htm
>> 2) - Very good English/German dictionaries / grammar help
>> http://dict.leo.org/?lp=ende&search=hello <http://dict.leo.org/?lp=ende&search=hello>
>> http://www.canoo.net/
>> 3) - Word quiz game
>> http://quizlet.com/subject/german/
>> Lucy had a very good recommendation for beginners; try reading German childrens books or watching childrens shows in German (If I find any good links Ill send them out).

heh. My recommendation for beginners is still "extreme learning of
limited structure", particularly grammer. Whether this is a class or
self-study, a good textbook is fundamental.

I recommend "Kontakte: A communicative Approach"; the "Schritte
International" books used by the Goethe Institut are less compact and
less instructive, in my opinion. Both come with audio components.

Everything else, in my mind, serves as inspiration for the immense and
varied practice that builds upon this limited structural foundation.
They are guides not starting points.

Songs, poems, short texts---these might be less daunting than books,
or at least provide variety.

If you switch your computer and browser to German you'll have a new
world at your fingertips.
There are handy browser extensions for spot word translations.

>> Once the group gets rolling we talked about getting out of noisebridge once a month or so. Often it is possible to find German movies playing around town, or we could all go out to a german pub like Schroeders and practice there.
>> Again, this group is for students of all levels and we should have something for everyone. Personally I am beginning at a very low level and so most of the links I contribute will be focused at the simple end of the spectrum, however if you are more advanced feel free to post more interesting links. That Pirate movie that got passed around a few days ago was perfect.
>> My next email will be full Deutsch, promise :)
>> Jacob
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