Archive for 'Language Learning'

Learning German Week 12: Finding More Resources

Posted 13 April 2011 | By | Categories: Language Learning | 6 Comments

If I can’t learn German with the resources I have on hand, I’m not cut out to learn German at all.  I believe I’m going to do it, but the past several weeks have gotten significantly more difficult and frustrating.  The reason for the difficulty is that I’ve reached a critical juncture.  I understand all […]

Learning German Week 11: One Important Suggestion

Posted 06 April 2011 | By | Categories: Language Learning | 2 Comments

I just have one point to make this week about language learning, something I’ve discovered greatly helps language retention.  Remember that book I was talking about a few weeks ago that was written in 1889, The Gastineau Method?  Rather than learning a language an hour or two at a time every day, Mr. Gastineau suggests breaking your lessons […]

Learning German Week 10: Why?

Posted 30 March 2011 | By | Categories: Language Learning | 7 Comments

I‘ve had several people ask me why in the world am I studying German when Spanish is a much more useful language, generally speaking, for Americans to know.  Well, the answer to that is simple.  My Spanish, while not super duper awesome, is serviceable.  I can carry on conversations and communicate what I want.  That’s […]

Learning German Week 9: Use Multiple Tools

Posted 23 March 2011 | By | Categories: Language Learning | 5 Comments

I‘ve reached level 3 in my Rosetta Stone course for German.  I’m told that constitutes about 150 hours of material thus far.  Not bad.  Language learning, though, cannot be measured purely on the hours spent practicing.  It also matters what kind of practice.  Memorizing flashcards, for instance, is useless.  When we learn languages we should […]

Learning German Week 8: Achieving Immersion

Posted 16 March 2011 | By | Categories: Language Learning | 4 Comments

Learning languages necessitates immersion.  I’ve been utilizing the next best thing to complete immersion, the Rosetta Stone language community.  Notice there that I didn’t say simply, “Rosetta Stone software”.  The software alone isn’t enough.  Sure the program is great; it’s the best of all the language learning programs on the market.  The fact remains, though, […]

Learning German Week 7: Being Scared to Speak

Posted 08 March 2011 | By | Categories: Language Learning | 6 Comments

I remember this happening when I was learning Spanish.  Someone would say something to me, and my brain would high tail it to the nearest exit.  I would stand there looking at the person, frantically trying to think of something intelligent to say despite the fact that there was nothing left in my head of […]

Learning German Week 6: Have Some Fun

Posted 03 March 2011 | By | Categories: Language Learning | 1 Comment

  I‘ve really been on a learning rampage recently.  My language studying went from a modest 1 hour per day when I started to almost 3 hours a day in the last several weeks.  When I learned Spanish I remember getting frequent headaches from constantly trying to process new words.  I didn’t think it was […]

What’s good About Rosetta Stone? Learning German: Week 5

Posted 21 February 2011 | By | Categories: Language Learning | 1 Comment

      Last week I told you all about what a pain in the butt Rosetta Stone software can be and how outrageously overpriced it is.  This week I’m going to tell you why, if you’re really dedicated, Rosetta Stone might just be the method you need.  The bottom line is that Rosetta Stone is doing something […]

Learning German Week 4: Level 1 Finished

Posted 14 February 2011 | By | Categories: Language Learning | 8 Comments

I finished Rosetta Stone German Level 1 today.  Rosetta Stone doesn’t say how long it should take a person to finish the first level of a language, but my guess is that 1 month is a realistic estimate.  Some days I spent 3 hours studying, others got just an hour of my time.  Then there […]

Learning German: Week 3

Posted 07 February 2011 | By | Categories: Language Learning | 4 Comments

    Last week I was trying to figure out nouns and pronouns.  Well – I’m still at it, but now I think I’m making progress.  After reading excerpts of advice on the subject from various grammar books I have decided that learning the Dative, Accusative, Nominative and Genitive cases is important but that it will […]

Learning German: Week 2 Update

Posted 31 January 2011 | By | Categories: Language Learning | 8 Comments

  I‘ve been studying diligently for one week.  When I started last Monday, I told you that stage one of my learning was going to be the level 1 German V.4 Rosetta Stone program.  That’s what I’ve done; in 7 days I’ve done 8 lessons, and that means I’m halfway through level one.  I feel […]