Combine youtube with music videos and language learning. Mix. And *bam* you have Lyrics Training. I’ve written about the theoretical side of musical language learning before, and it is well known that music can be a helpful tool in acquiring foreign languages skills. Lyrics Training offers a free option for those interested in putting the theory to the test.
by Sadie Douse
Have you ever thought about learning a new language but dropped the idea as soon as you thought about the resources? German is one of those languages that people love to learn, but many beginners have no clue as to where and how to start.
Learning German can be a daunting task, especially if you want to learn it online without any professional guidance. There are a myriad of websites. Which should you rely on? However, there are a lot of blogs who are making the job easier for German enthusiasts. If you want to learn German online for free, you should check out the following blogs.
My first encounter with learning a foreign language started at the young age of 8 or 9 when I temporarily had to go to a predominately Mexican school. I remember struggling to learn math because my teachers would often speak in Spanish. This was no easy task for a native English speaker. Needless to say, my math is terrible. But I remember the joy of standing in our school auditorium, wearing my best dress and singing Feliz Navidad fluently with the rest of my class at Christmas. Ever since, I have had a love affair with this song and languages.
1. Luck in Love
For those of you who are hard-core board/card gamers, maybe it’s best if you lose every now and then. As the Germans say, “Glück im Spiel, pech in der Liebe” which translates to “Luck in the game, unlucky in love.” I’d rather get lucky oh sorry, I meant be lucky in love any day!
2. Cups in the Cupboard
For your friends who eventually all go a bit crazy every now and then, say as the Germans would say, “Alle Tasse im Schrank” which means that someone has “lost their marbles”.
3. Hot Love
I love finding FREE ways to learn German, yes I’m a cheapskate, but lessons can be expensive and it’s always better to have a range of places to learn from, that aren’t just a classroom. I’ve mentioned the BBC pages for learning German before and they have recently been updated with some fun and informative videos.
They still don’t have ‘German steps’ a 12 week beginners course back online, which is really annoying because it was pretty good, BUT, they do have ‘Talk German’ which is ‘An introduction to German’, better than nothing right? It covers the basics, all that you would need to get by daily to start with and a decent amount beyond. What is great is that you get to hear different accents and that really helps with pronunciation.
Wondering why you’re not learning German quickly?
Around the Wherever lists some habits that might be hindering your progress here.
If you followed Blockupy in the news last week
Stadtkind FFM has a link collection of Frankfurt websites that covered or commented on the happens in the city on March 18th. Find it here.
Travel back in time in Berlin
Songs can help language learners master a new language. But what about the language of love? These ten songs should help you with both.
Which song is your favorite? Is there a German love song we should have included on the list? Tell us in the comments!
Liebe by Sido
Für immer Immer by Fettes Brot
Liebe ist alles by Rosenstolz
Ich werde dich lieben by Rio Reiser
Weil es Liebe ist by 2RaumWohnung
Tag am Meer by Die Fantastischen Vier
Weus’d A Herz Hast Wia A Bergwerk by Rainhard Fendrich
Wenn das Liebe ist by Glashaus