Like the Language/Dislike the Culture
I was really into the German language. I was learning it for about 2 years and achieved B2 (Upper-Intermediate).
But, you know, I am not really into the German mindset. As soon as I find some penpals/native speaking friends, I cannot stay with them for long. My native German friends are really of a different mindset… Something from German culture, traditions, worldview prevents from progressing and building up my critically crucial German language skills. A typical German type of thinking, you know, like accuracy, rationality, a bit non-standard laws (like typical German laws for ALL kids to go to school, or forbidding any punishment for kids, or possibility to listen to/play some music only at certain hours).
You know, I noticed that I really like to play the German language, not to learn that. I cannot pick up true language skills. The applications, games, sites, podcasts, textbooks, audiocourses for learning German are really good. But this is all so superficial. I believe, an unability to feel the typical humour, traditions, culture, habits, worldview, type of thinking, laws, standard of the language you start to learn is the key for a language learning failure. :-(
Language hacking is critically dependent on your love, your passion for the culture, mindset and traditions of the country which language you learn…
Ein bisschen Deutsch
Was kann ich über mich selbst erzählen?
Mein Name ist Helga.
Sie können mich einfach Helli nennen.
Ich bin 1990 geboren.
Ich bin 29 Jahre alt.
Ich bin ledig.
Ich würde viel reisen, viele Städte besuchen aber Ich kann das nicht sofort tun. Ich studiere an der Uni und ich bin die ganze Zeit beschäftigt.
Als Studentin ich kann nicht viel verdienen.
Ich studiere Polititische Linguistik. Ich mache mein Masterstudium.
Das ist sehr interessant.
Ich liebe meine Lektionen und die Referatsrunde an der Uni und Ich gehe gerne zu meiner Uni.
Ich arbeite als Lehrerin für Russisch und Englisch.
Das gefällt mir sehr gut.
Ich bin sehr schüchtern aber Ich liebe es, viel zu sprechen.
Mein Traum ist es, zu den Doktortitel in Linguistik erlangen.
Hübsch, vermögend, klug, scharfsinnig, sportlich, schmissig, sensibel, fröhlich, welterfahren und glücklich… bin ich NICHT. Aber nett und gefühlvoll bin ich trotzdem.
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The Best German Textbooks
The best textbooks of the German language: A review. Part I.
There are a great deal textbooks of German now. From Russian publishers, Belorussian, Ukrainian, French, American as well as original German editions, such as from Goethe Institute or Klett Verlag.
They are all not ideal. Practically in all the textbooks there are grammar or orthographical mistakes, some old-fashioned and rarely used constructions and clichés. Sometimes there are even mistakes in explanation of grammar rules. I will try to describe shortly the best textbooks which I use and which my students like a lot.

Daf Kompakt A1-B1
A super-duper textbook, I would say. There are 3 levels: A1, A2 and B1. Some themes are repeated on different levels and often some specific topic is described in more details with new words and grammar in the new level. In this textbook all the skills are trained: Reading, Speaking, Listening, Writing as well as Grammar and Vocabulary. There are lot of interesting texts, small and big, lots of real examples of letters, emails, announcements. All the texts are separated in several smaller ones, which makes reading easier. There are a lot of listening exercises. Besides, there is a Workbook which can be used for improving all the skills. At the end of every chapter all the information is summarized, there is a vocabulary and grammar list.

One of my favorite textbooks which I always advise as for beginners and for Advanced. The topics are really interesting, and all the materials are well presented: topics, vocabulary, phrases, some small grammar pieces, which are connected with the topics.
Exercises and texts are interesting, and at the site of the publisher there are a lot of additional exercises for all the levels (for these textbooks).
These textbooks are used in Goethe-Institute and Studienkollegs. Besides, this textbook is good because it is “user-friendly.” You can easily find anything you want and use that as a cheat sheet where you can always check the necessary words and grammar. However, there is one detail: this textbook is a bit complicated for self-study. Grammar themes can be located in different chapters, that’s why it can be difficult to pass that a page after page. Sometimes I have to change the order of studying chapters, depending on the group of my students.
Free lessons
Hello German learners,

I offer free group lessons on skype, related to the European levels A, B, and C.
I also provide individual paid lessons for those who prefer to learn with a teacher, have to pass exams or need German for professional purposes. Please, have a look at my website:
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Master's online in the German language
Something like teaching German as a second language, teaching German as a foreign language. Does that actually exist?
Is there any good course for Post-Advanced
In the German language?
Better bilingual (German-English)
My brain is going to explode...
How can I manage to memorize feminine, masculine and neuter articles?? My poor stupid brain is going to explode!!! I have lost all my patience to learn these horrible der/die/das… Is there any way to do that somehow??
How to overcome B2 level in German?
I have stuck at B2 level German… Help!!!
Do you like the books by Klett International?
What kind of other publishers do you like?