Tips For Learning A New Language

I have been rather sloppy at maintaining Mosel Musings over the last year and please accept my sincere apologies for that. I will spare you the excuses even though I do have my personal reasons for the absence. I also promised some time ago to give a review of the language courses I did last year and sadly I still have not got around to that, but they will happen as soon as I get more time.

However, a colleague is thinking of moving to another country and today I was chatting to her about my language learning experiences. I gave her several pointers of the things I found most helpful and I thought some of the readers of Mosel Musings might also find them useful if they are learning German or indeed any other language.

So, without further ado, here are my tips for language learning novices: Continue reading

My German Learning Progress…

I previously published a number of posts on everyone’s favourite subject – German language learning. It was my intention to embark on a combination of systematic and diligent self-study coupled with using various apps and other types of software to support my efforts. Here is an update on my progress… Continue reading

Apps For Learning German

Just a quick post to tell you before I forget, above is a screenshot from my iPad showing the apps which are helping me on my German learning journey.

I can recommend them all, in particular Duolingo which I think is free, and Memrise is pretty good too for learning vocabulary.

As promised in my previous postings, I will be giving periodic updates on my progress. I will also create that page I mentioned of learning tips and resources as soon as I can.

Schönes Wochenende 🙂

From English To Denglish To Deutsch

Following on from my previous posting titled “Sprechen Sie German”, I just want to give a bit of an update on my journey along the rocky road to speaking Deutsch.

As pointed out in the aforementioned posting, German happens to be one rather complicated languages to learn. Sure, it is far more phonetic than say English or French and that does reduce the likelihood of certain errors, but the grammar is mind boggling to say the least and much of the vocabulary totally unfamiliar. Continue reading

Sprechen Sie German? The Quest Continues…

I recently did a posting wherein I recommended some online German courses and an excellent app for iPads walled Duolingo. In my quest to increase my German knowledge and to help you guys along with it too, I have since discovered a website called “How To Learn German” which can be found here. Written by a 25 year old Danish guy, Peter, who speaks no fewer than five languages, this site offers plenty of no-nonsense advice on how to learn the language with limited resources. Continue reading