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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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I don't know if any of you noticed, but if you have an Amazon Alexa (Echo), you can change it to speak German. It is helping me! Also, in English mode, you can ask it how to say words in German. Just another tool to help you along. :)

I don't know if any of you noticed, but if you have an Amazon Alexa (Echo), you can change it to speak German. It is helping me!

Also, in English mode, you can ask it how to say words in German. Just another tool to help you along. :)

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In lesson 23 of German 3 in the match the words section Diesem is mispelled as diesm. Thanks, A consistently happy customer

In lesson 23 of German 3 in the match the words section Diesem is mispelled as diesm.

Thanks,
A consistently happy customer

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I'm wondering what other users have done to expand on Fluenz after level 5. My plan is to read a few books by Brian Smith (ex: German Easy Reader - Super 500 for Beginners), the German Frequency Dictionary by Tschirner and Jones, and a few grammar books I picked up from Amazon. Does this seem like a good plan? Brian Smith's books have mp3s so I can practice my listening skills. I don't really have many options for speaking practice aside from a German cook who lives nearby. Any suggestions are welcome.

I'm wondering what other users have done to expand on Fluenz after level 5. My plan is to read a few books by Brian Smith (ex: German Easy Reader - Super 500 for Beginners), the German Frequency Dictionary by Tschirner and Jones, and a few grammar books I picked up from Amazon. Does this seem like a good plan? Brian Smith's books have mp3s so I can practice my listening skills. I don't really have many options for speaking practice aside from a German cook who lives nearby. Any suggestions are welcome.

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Ich habe gerade Fluenz Deutsch erledigt. Wunderbar. Jetzt fängt die schwierige Arbeit an... ich lerne allein. Vielen Dank Fluenzteam für sieben Monaten Spaß!

Ich habe gerade Fluenz Deutsch erledigt. Wunderbar. Jetzt fängt die schwierige Arbeit an... ich lerne allein. Vielen Dank Fluenzteam für sieben Monaten Spaß!

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Hey Fluenz! I was looking over what the Fluenz website says we will work on from each level of the program. (Bottom of http://fluenz.com/languages/learn-german/ ) What I am confused about is that it says we will be introduced to reflexive verbs in level 2. Description in level 2: - "Introduction to reflexive verbs" - "the introduction of new structures and vocabulary (such as reflexive verbs, comparatives, and superlatives) combines with more serious responsibilities, such as going to the doctor and handling office tasks, preparing you to engage more seriously with the German-speaking world." Then in level 3 we will have: - "Extensive work on reflexive verbs" - "Meanwhile extensive work on reflexive verbs—a very common feature in German—and direct/indirect object pronouns will add a key dimension of complexity to your speech." Level 4 says: - "Conjugating reflexive verbs" The problem being that I am on level 4 session 9 and still have not worked with reflexives at all in the program (not even the pronoun "Sich"). So I am not expecting to even be conjugating them in this level. All my knowledge of reflexive verbs come from other resources, and they are quite important in German, so what am I missing here? Is the information on the website just wrong? Vielen Dank im Voraus Mike

Hey Fluenz!
I was looking over what the Fluenz website says we will work on from each level of the program.
(Bottom of http://fluenz.com/languages/learn-german/ )
What I am confused about is that it says we will be introduced to reflexive verbs in level 2.

Description in level 2:

- "Introduction to reflexive verbs"
- "the introduction of new structures and vocabulary (such as reflexive verbs, comparatives, and superlatives) combines with more serious responsibilities, such as going to the doctor and handling office tasks, preparing you to engage more seriously with the German-speaking world."

Then in level 3 we will have:

- "Extensive work on reflexive verbs"
- "Meanwhile extensive work on reflexive verbs—a very common feature in German—and direct/indirect object pronouns will add a key dimension of complexity to your speech."

Level 4 says:

- "Conjugating reflexive verbs"

The problem being that I am on level 4 session 9 and still have not worked with reflexives at all in the program (not even the pronoun "Sich"). So I am not expecting to even be conjugating them in this level. All my knowledge of reflexive verbs come from other resources, and they are quite important in German, so what am I missing here? Is the information on the website just wrong?

Vielen Dank im Voraus
Mike

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German numbers, I have found after completing Lesson 20 in German 1, can be INCREDIBLY long. However, this lesson made it very easy to learn those numbers and comprehend them. Thanks so much to Sonia and her team. I am really enjoying learning German and I'd also like to thank Sonia for all the tidbits and history she provides along the way.

German numbers, I have found after completing Lesson 20 in German 1, can be INCREDIBLY long. However, this lesson made it very easy to learn those numbers and comprehend them. Thanks so much to Sonia and her team. I am really enjoying learning German and I'd also like to thank Sonia for all the tidbits and history she provides along the way.

Hi, I'm almost finished with Fluenz German now (halfway through level 5 - and wish there were levels 6, 7, etc.!). How should I continue the learning? Can anyone give me some suggestions? One of my 2018 resolution is to achieve B1 level in German. Thanks!

Hi, I'm almost finished with Fluenz German now (halfway through level 5 - and wish there were levels 6, 7, etc.!).
How should I continue the learning? Can anyone give me some suggestions? One of my 2018 resolution is to achieve B1 level in German.
Thanks!

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hi can you anyone recommend a german tv show or podcast etc which has been useful to use for development and not too overwhelming?

hi
can you anyone recommend a german tv show or podcast etc which has been useful to use for development and not too overwhelming?

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