German Language

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“Die deutsche Sprache sollte sanft und ehrfurchtsvoll zu den toten Sprachen abgelegt werden, denn nur die Toten haben die Zeit, diese Sprache zu lernen." - Mark Twain

“The German language ought to be gently and reverently set aside among the dead languages, for only the dead have time to learn it.”

Mark Twain expressed his opinion on the German language in several different manners; most of them are quite amusing. While Mark himself may have had difficulties with the German language, this course is aimed to make learning the German language fun and easy.

Courses[edit]

Courses in German
Introduction: Introduction
Course #1: German I
Course #2: German II
Course #3: German III
Course #4: German IV

Overview[edit]

This course is aimed to teach you the German language. By the end of the course, you should have a reasonable knowledge of basic German vocabulary, have a good grasp on German grammar and be able to successfully form sentences in German.

Recommended Prerequisites[edit]

  • Have a basic knowledge of how to use Wikiversity (e.g. see Guided tours).

Expectations[edit]

Learning a foreign language can be very rewarding. There is some effort involved to successfully learning a language, however. You must put in the time and effort required to learn the vocabulary and grammar. For native English speakers, there are many aspects of German that will come very easily and naturally, however, there are also some difficulties and differences you must overcome and this requires time. It does not mean you will need to spend hours upon hours everyday. An hour or two daily should be sufficient. Just remember that it is better to study languages in smaller increments over a longer period of time rather than cramming all of the aspects of a foreign language in a short time.

Resources[edit]

You shouldn't need a whole lot, but here is an overview of what may come in handy.

Conclusion[edit]

- Mark Twain