German

When it’s time to stop – German challenge weeks 4 & 5

  This is my last post about my German challenge. Here are the previous posts: Day 0 – Week 1 – Week 2 – Week 3.   Day 22 Session 1 15 min – Kompliziert. I recited the lyrics out loud. There were only two lines that I couldn’t remember at the beginning of the …

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How to memorize lyrics to learn German – German challenge week 3

  This post is part of my German challenge. If you want to learn more, you can read my posts about day 0, week 1, and week 2. I started the week following my usual routine. Until day 20, where things got interesting…   Day 15 Session 1 31 min – I reviewed Bye bye …

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Be boring and put in the work! – German challenge week 2

  It’s pretty boring in terms of exciting content. I just did my routine, everyday, with different songs. I don’t have much more to say. Just putting in the work.   Day 8 Session 1 – 1h I reviewed all my songs. I sang and I read the lyrics and their translations. I also started …

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How I’m absorbing German – A minute-by-minute chronicle of week 1

I started absorbing German one week ago. And I decided to time everything. I’m singing a song? Time it. I’m looking for resources? Time it. I’m writing my first German lines? Time it!   And here it is in this post. Everything I did this week, minute by minute. I divided my days into several …

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How to finally master the guttural r (in French, German, Portuguese, Dutch, … )

Disclaimer: This post is not for the fainthearted. The guttural r is this nasty greasy sound that seems so weird to foreigners. You find it in French, German, Dutch, and Portuguese, among others. The goal of this post is NOT to make you sound like a native speaker of your target language. The goal of …

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How I’m going to absorb German – Day 0

It’s time for a new challenge. German has been on my mind for a while now. I was born and raised in France, and Germany is one of our close neighbors. Yet I never got to learn the language. Three years ago, I completely failed at learning German. I started learning some vocabulary with a …

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