Archive for the ‘German I’ Category

Meine Reise nach Deutschland!

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Ich bin in den Sommerferien nach Deutschland geflogen! Es war mein erstes Mal in Deutschland, deshalb war ich besonders begeistert. Ich bin in Berlin für eine Woche geblieben und danach habe ich meinen Onkel besucht. Ich bin bei ihm und meiner Tante für noch eine Woche geblieben. Natürlich habe ich viele Sehenswürdigkeiten besichtigt, zum Beispiel den Reichstag und das Brandenburger Tor. Ich bin auch durch die Stadt Lübeck gelaufen. Es war sehr schön! Ich habe so viel gesehen, und es hat so viel Spaß gemacht!!!

Hopefully you guys can understand most of the above! Anyway, I was in Berlin this past Summer (and also near Hamburg and Lübeck for about a week), and it was the most fun I’ve ever had! I really hope that some of you are able to take the trip to Bernau with KET this Summer. It was a great learning opportunity while being beautiful and exciting at the same time, and I know that anyone who is able to go will have the experience of a lifetime. Plus, I’m going to try and come too. Can you imagine a better trip than one that I’ll be chaperoning? I didn’t think so.

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I have some pictures of my trip below. Hope you guys enjoy them!

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Anki – User Friendly Flashcards

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Anki (taken from the Japanese word for memorizing) is a free flash card program downloadable from the internet. Unlike paper flashcards you could make yourself, Anki employs a spaced-repetition algorithm. This basically means it focuses on the cards you have the most trouble with, and brings back the ones you know well at increasing intervals relating to when you’re likely to have forgotten them. It might sound a little complicated, but luckily, Anki does all of the work for you. You just type in the facts, German vocab and English translations in this case, and Anki takes over.

After a while, German vocab decks could have hundreds of words in them. This is no cause for concern though, because as long as you keep up with your reviewing, you’ll probably not have more than 20 or 30 words to review on any given day. And usually you’ll already know them pretty well, so even that won’t be much work. The benefit is enormous though, because you’re constantly reminding yourself of older vocab words that may have slipped into the dark recesses of your memory. Now the words which have gotten farthest away from you are being brought back systematically. In just ten minutes or so a day you can be reviewing your entire German vocabulary!

There are a lot of fancy features of Anki, which you may or may not feel the need to explore. This includes, but is not limited to, total control over the length of your review sessions, access to copious statistics and graphs of all sorts, and the ability to store your decks online for free and sync them between multiple computers (i.e. use the same deck and home and school without having to review the same words twice!).

To make it even easier, and to encourage your German studies, I went ahead and entered in almost all of the Vokab for German I and II. If you’d like any of these vocab sets just send me a message in the message center on the Distance Learning website with your email address and I’ll send you the goods. Than all you have to do is import what I send you into Anki and you’re ready to study. So do yourself a favor and go download Anki here.

Their web site has pretty good instructions on how to get it set up and going, if you have any questions just message me in the message center.

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Learning Through Teaching

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Why German? For me, it was simple: my grandmother on my mom’s side is German and we’ve always gotten along really well. She told me story after story about her culture and what it was like growing up in Germany, and taught me snippets of the German language throughout my childhood. She sparked my interest in the subject.

When I started taking it in school, I realized that I was passionate about it for more reasons than I thought going in. At first, I figured I would just take it to make my Oma happy, but I found myself enjoying the class simply because I enjoyed the language. I took German through high school and ended up declaring it my major in college. I learned, and am still learning, tons about German history, film, and culture. I found enjoyment in learning other languages too, and a whole fascinating world opened up to me, all thanks to my grandma inspiring me to take that first step toward learning a new language.

Now I’m avidly interested in linguistics, and learning as many languages as I can. I want to do more than speak them; I want to understand them the way I understand English. I want to know the history and roots of words so that I really know what I’m talking about, because my ultimate goal is to teach.

So why teach? That’s the tougher question. There are a million reasons one could give for learning any language, all ranging from “it sounded interesting” to “it sounded easy”. I guess my personal reason for wanting to teach is that I think it’s really just one more way to learn, and I want to learn as much as I can. I would argue that it’s one of the best ways to learn, actually, which is why this just had to be the subject of my first blog post.

I would recommend to anyone that when they are learning a new language, they try to teach it to others. The reason for this is simple: if you’re going to teach something, you are forced to know exactly what you’re talking about. There are no excuses when someone asks you a question about grammar. You can’t shove it to the side and tell yourself you’ll study it later if you don’t get it now. When you make the effort to learn so that you can explain something to someone else, you’ll find that it sticks better in your brain.

Nobody wants to look like a fool when they try to teach someone else – so try! The motivation to come across like you know what you’re talking about will result in you actually knowing what you’re talking about, I promise.

Not to mention, it can be fun! If you enjoy German, I urge you to share it with someone else. I guarantee they’ll be impressed, and you both might just learn something!

Stephanie Farmer: the girl, the tutor, the legend.

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