Bienvenu, J, und herzlich willkommen.jeannot18 wrote:Hi there, a quick note to introduce myself. I am French guy living in the UK, i speak obviously French, English and Spanish. 2 weeks ago we went to Cologne for a 3 days break, and loved it but was really disappointed in myself for not being able to communicate other than using my English and French. Anyway I decided to start learning German and I don't know how I will go. I personally find it quite hard, thus at my age is probably hard to remember things, but where i am struggling most is the pronunciation and mainly those long words. Other than breaking them down in syllables any other tips that more seasoned learners could pass on to learn to pronounce them. Thank you
jeannot18 wrote:Thanks B for the reply. That's what i have been doing using the Germanpod101 site, going back to lesson, writing down some stuff and repeating them (some of their lessons are only 3 mins long which is perfect). I am just going to try to practice once a day and see how it goes, I can get quite obsessional when I decide to learn something .
I saw also the post with exercises posted in here somewhere, so I may give a go at that too. You probably will see my posts popping in once in a while asking for help/tips.
Thank you again
PS: thanks God for Google translate!!
kevin wrote:Don't be afraid of the long words. It may sound counterintuitive, but in the long run they are one of the things that make German easier than other languages, because they are generally compound words and German loves to use compound words rather than completely separate words for concepts.
When you know the words they consist of, you can guess the meaning of the combination even without having learnt it explicitly.
For example, if you're struggling with "Krankenhaus" (hospital), things will become a lot easier to remember once you realise that it's not a completely arbitrary long word, but you got "krank" (sick; ill) and "Haus" (house) in it.
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