Der Sprachen-Newsletter ist angekommen!
The Languages Newsletter has arrived!
Hello and welcome to my new newsletter for Languages which I am using to keep in touch with students past and present.
In each newsletter I will share some thoughts about language learning and provide updates on my upcoming videos and other announcements. I also intend to write short articles in German and other languages, with a translation into English.
So here are some thoughts about language learning.
What’s the best way to learn a language?
I believe the best way to learn a language is to use the language. ‘Use’ means not only speaking and writing it but also reading and listening to clear, well-written material on interesting topics. The level of difficulty should be slightly above your level.
Unfortunately, many people spend a lot of time trying to master complex grammar points. I believe this is not a good idea. I prefer to look at interesting grammar points as they arise in the material we are reading / listening to. It’s best to focus on one grammar point at a time. I have a two pronged approach to grammar:
1) Learn important phrases by heart
2) Learn about grammar in the phrases.
I’ve found an excellent language learning resource, which I’ve used with my intermediate German classes.
It’s about asylum in Germany and it’s produced by BAMF, the government agency that deals with asylum seekers there.
For language learning, it ticks all the boxes:
It is topical and up to date
It is well written.
There’s a transcript (but YouTube subtitles are uncorrected)
It has excellent visuals that help you to understand.
It’s in multiple languages
It’s true that it’s quite long and there is a lot of new vocabulary and phrases, but there is also a version in English as well as in French, Russian and the languages of countries where refugees are coming from.
The introductory page is here: www.asylindeutschland.de/de/film-2/
In each Newsletter I’ll share a diary snippet in German, English and some other language. Hopefully you’ll find it interesting.
Mein neuer Computer
Letzte Woche habe ich einen neuen MacBook Air gekauft. Der normale Preis ist 949 £ (neun hundert neun und vierzig Pfund) aber ich habe nur 854 (acht hundert vier und fünfzig) Pfund beazhlt. Ich bekomme zehn Prozent Rabatt, weil ich Lehrer bin. Mein alter Computer war auch ein MacBook Air. Er hat 4 Gigabyte RAM. Der neue Computer ist ein bisschen schneller und hat 8 Gigabyte RAM. Ich bin mit meinem neuen Computer sehr zufrieden!
Last week I bought a new MacBook Air. The normal price is £949 but I only paid £854. I get a 10 per cent reduction, because I am a teacher. My old computer was also a MacBook Air. It has 4 GB RAM. The new computer is a bit faster and has 8 GB of RAM. I’m very satisfied with my new computer.
And here it is in Italian! (thanks to student Andrea for the translation). How many words do you understand?
La scorsa settimana ho comprato un nuovo MacBook Air. Il prezzo di listino e’ 949 £, ma in quanto insegnante ho avuto un 10% di sconto. Anche il mio vecchio computer era un MacBook Air, con 4GB di ram. Il nuovo computer e’ piu’ performante e ha 8 GB di Ram. Sono molto soddisfatto del mio nuovo computer.
Thanks until next time.