I am loving it too and sharing my gratitude with others.
OH MY GOD CLOZEMASTER IS AMAZING! I swear I’m hooked hahaha I don’t know why I’m having so much fun with this!
Thanks for the wonderful suggestion and link!
It’s contagious. It reminds me of that old Sega Mega games.
And they answer in a short notice if you have a question or suggestion.
What’s your ClozeMaster username? Same handle as here?
Weird I can’t seem to find you! So here’s a link to mine
MenaKatep on Clozemaster
Also to remain somewhat on topic, has anyone mentioned the Slow German podcast series or 100 Sekunden Wissen? These are both short podcasts I like to listen to and relisten to in my car on the way to work! If your listening comprehension is still a little slow, I’d stick with Slow German. It’s still fantastic! Each day I’d listen to podcasts, do my Memrise learning, and was able to notice my progress in listening improving greatly! My reading comprehension far outpasses my listening but this is helping to bridge the gap. Also if you can manage to find it, Audio books that you can follow the text to! I’m doing the Harry Potter series. Currently, I’m only about halfway through Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen.
Hope those are at least somewhat helpful!
Wow, Clozemaster is brilliant, how have I never seen it before! Love it.
I’m not learning german, it’s my native language, I just looked here from boredom, to find such a treasure :DD
Mango Languages - it teaches specific conversational situations you might run into. Not good for learning a language on its own, but a good supplement.
I use duolingo. I finished the tree and now I just try to keep everything golden. Then I found Memrise which is great. I also download short adapted novels in Amazon such as the series by Andre Klein about Dino. Podcasts such as Slow German are useful too.
There are a few Twitter accounts to follow such as Alemanista or Ralph Ruthe.
Pimsleur. I’m very glad that started out with this audio-only program before moving to written word programs like Memrise and DuoLingo. It helps you develop good pronunciation skills before you develop a “bias” by seeing written words. For example, if I had seen the word “sehr” before learning how to pronounce it, I think I would always mis-pronounce it as “ssee-ur” or something because it’s hard for an American to say those almost-silent Rs. I truly think my pronunciation would have become tainted and I would not have a good accent if I didn’t start out with pure audio.
Pimsleur isn’t free but there’s a good chance your local library has a copy or can obtain one from another branch. It’s very high quality and it seems to be geared towards North American speakers. For example, I believe it tries to correct for common mistakes that we would make such as under-emphasizing certain sounds. It knows which sounds we will have the most trouble with and it avoids dwelling on words that are easy for us (any English speaker can pronounce “mit” properly on the first try, but not “hört”).
It also uses spaced repetition like Memrise. You don’t learn a lot of vocabulary, but you will never forget the phrases that it does teach. You learn grammar in a natural way—instead of memorizing dative/normative/genitive/accusative cases, you notice patterns on your own and develop your own personal way of making sense of them. This means it all sticks in your brain much better than flashcard-style rote memorization.
I used to use Duolingo, but it tended to be kind of boring to me, not as motivational as Memrise is. I tried German courses on YouTube, but they weren’t very good quality. So I found out about Memrise, and it’s my favorite of all the things I’ve tried. It’s very motivational because of the leaderboards, and I found that I learned much better with them. So I’d definitely recommend it over Duolingo or other courses.
I’m fairly new to German, having just started in August and only gotten serious 3 weeks ago. Here are the resources I use besides Memrise:
Pimsleur (on German 2 now)
Slow German podcast (love this)
Kerstin Cable’s Ultimate Guide to German for Beginners (website course)
German Quickly (a reading knowledge textbook for grad students)
André Klein’s short story readers
Skype with tutors and language partners met on iTalki
And I just downloaded a game app for iPhone by Goethe Institut. I think it’s a mystery adventure thing.
Can you tell us more about this one?
They probably mean this one: Goethe link . It’s a pretty good game and it’s interesting to go through while learning the language. They used to have another game but I can’t find it at the moment.
I looked into it and found 2 games for intermediate level. I downloaded them on my Android phone.
This one you mentioned @Makalu, and another one. Ein rätselhafter Auftrag from the Goethe Institute also. A detective story.
The “Meet the natives” section is now available on the Memrise German Courses !
Yup, i was really suprised how much clozemaster helps in understandung the written text (i use the multiple choice option). I improved really lot and i am using it only for about 60 days now (every day).
Everybody knows Duolingo and its a very good start but i have already done the tree + the reverse tree and duo is simply not enough, its strictly A level stuff, nothing more. Now i am a solid B1 and i am close to B2 which is the first language level what one can actually use.
Nobody mentioned the easy german series (youtube), really superb for listening comprehension, with subtitles, all free.
I need more grammar exercises now, duo is boring, repeating the same sentences over and over again.
Actually, I did mention Easy German above, together with Clozemaster. I think it’s one of (if not the) best of the Easy Language series in terms of content.
After using it for a few months, I don’t find Clozemaster all that useful unless I switch off translations (which I’m only comfortable doing for French/Chinese) or use Text Input. Out of curiosity, how many rounds do you do of review and learning?