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I’m on lesson 1-6 and feel I’m making pretty good progress but I’m wondering how many other people have to really stop and ‘think’ about a sentence when you’re trying to translate? It’s really the definite articles that derail me – especially when they can mean more than one thing such as das. If I’m asked to translate “Where is the hotel? It is there.” I have to close my eyes and really think about it so I can pick the right article. Even though it’s ‘das’, my brain has a hard time accepting the fact that I used the same word for ‘the’ and ‘it’. I know I’m still early in the lessons but I’m a bit worried that if I am constantly having to stop and really think about the right articles I’m going to be useless when it comes to the more advanced lessons or when it comes time to actually hold a conversation. Would love to hear about your experiences early on in the lessons with this?

I’m on lesson 1-6 and feel I’m making pretty good progress but I’m wondering how many other people have to really stop and ‘think’ about a sentence when you’re trying to translate?

It’s really the definite articles that derail me – especially when they can mean more than one thing such as das. If I’m asked to translate “Where is the hotel? It is there.” I have to close my eyes and really think about it so I can pick the right article. Even though it’s ‘das’, my brain has a hard time accepting the fact that I used the same word for ‘the’ and ‘it’.

I know I’m still early in the lessons but I’m a bit worried that if I am constantly having to stop and really think about the right articles I’m going to be useless when it comes to the more advanced lessons or when it comes time to actually hold a conversation.

Would love to hear about your experiences early on in the lessons with this?

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Anybody feel German is a one language word with mor or less numbers of syllables tagged to front or end of an arbitrary syllable?

Anybody feel German is a one language word with mor or less numbers of syllables tagged to front or end of an arbitrary syllable?

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Experiences with German

We recently attended a week of Mercedes Benz events in Stuttgart. My attempt to speak German at the hotel and hotel restaurant were met with quizzical looks and then I would transition to English. At this point I felt depressed that years of study had been a failure. I understood them but they didn't understand me. At dinner one evening I was seated next to a MB employee. His proximity and knowing he would bail me out if needed, I successfully ordered in German and was emboldened to make conversation in German with him. I told him I was amazed at my success with German after miserably failing at the hotel and a couple of restaurants. He replied that the reason was simple. People working in the hospitality industry in Germany are frequently immigrants from Turkey and Greece who have good English language skills but poor German language skills. Suddenly my confidence was restored. I would speak German every chance I got, knowing that if I was not understood, it was not because of my inept German skills, but perhaps theirs. My motivation to continue learning German was restored.

We recently attended a week of Mercedes Benz events in Stuttgart. My attempt to speak German at the hotel and hotel restaurant were met with quizzical looks and then I would transition to English. At this point I felt depressed that years of study had been a failure. I understood them but they didn't understand me. At dinner one evening I was seated next to a MB employee. His proximity and knowing he would bail me out if needed, I successfully ordered in German and was emboldened to make conversation in German with him. I told him I was amazed at my success with German after miserably failing at the hotel and a couple of restaurants. He replied that the reason was simple. People working in the hospitality industry in Germany are frequently immigrants from Turkey and Greece who have good English language skills but poor German language skills. Suddenly my confidence was restored. I would speak German every chance I got, knowing that if I was not understood, it was not because of my inept German skills, but perhaps theirs. My motivation to continue learning German was restored.

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We leave in 4 weeks for a vacation in Austria and Germany, but I haven't studied my German in years! So I'm going through the Fluenz series again. It's a great review and helping me remember so much (even the many different word endings!) I finished Fluenz 1 in about a week, so I'm hoping to get through at least Fluenz 3 (maybe 4!) before we leave.

We leave in 4 weeks for a vacation in Austria and Germany, but I haven't studied my German in years! So I'm going through the Fluenz series again. It's a great review and helping me remember so much (even the many different word endings!) I finished Fluenz 1 in about a week, so I'm hoping to get through at least Fluenz 3 (maybe 4!) before we leave.

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Travel + Culture

I am preparing for a trip to Salzburg in a few weeks, and I am really enjoying learning German with Fluenz. I am surprised that I am not learning more food terms. For as many times I have practiced asking for a menu, I haven't learned what any of the dishes will mean. I am almost done with German 2. Will food vocabulary be offered in later sessions?

I am preparing for a trip to Salzburg in a few weeks, and I am really enjoying learning German with Fluenz. I am surprised that I am not learning more food terms. For as many times I have practiced asking for a menu, I haven't learned what any of the dishes will mean. I am almost done with German 2. Will food vocabulary be offered in later sessions?

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I have heard that when someone enters a restaurant in Germany, the main prerogative is to just go find a table yourself. Nonetheless, the program teaches that you meet a waiter and they assign you to a table. I am wondering which is correct just so i know for myself and dont come off dumb.

I have heard that when someone enters a restaurant in Germany, the main prerogative is to just go find a table yourself. Nonetheless, the program teaches that you meet a waiter and they assign you to a table. I am wondering which is correct just so i know for myself and dont come off dumb.

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Session by Session

Can someone please help me understand the grammar in this sentence "ich warte auf dich in berlin vor dem neuen museum". with the time, manner and place rule both "in berlin" and "vor dem neuen hotel" are places so how do you choose which one goes in which word position?

Can someone please help me understand the grammar in this sentence "ich warte auf dich in berlin vor dem neuen museum". with the time, manner and place rule both "in berlin" and "vor dem neuen hotel" are places so how do you choose which one goes in which word position?

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I am currently on lesson 8 on the German 3 level and the lecture video cut off before finishing the explanation of the sentence, "Ich fliege denach nach Hause." I wasn't sure if anyone reported this yet, but wanted to bring it to the Fluenz team's attention. Edit: The video did explain a part of the sentence earlier, but it cut off so quickly I thought it might be a bug

I am currently on lesson 8 on the German 3 level and the lecture video cut off before finishing the explanation of the sentence, "Ich fliege denach nach Hause." I wasn't sure if anyone reported this yet, but wanted to bring it to the Fluenz team's attention.

Edit: The video did explain a part of the sentence earlier, but it cut off so quickly I thought it might be a bug

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