Learning German from DuoLingo: Day 63 [with Liquid Rewards Give Away!]

in #steemexclusive2 months ago (edited)

100% of liquid rewards from this post will go to authors of comments that help me in my endeavor at learning to read German.


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Today is day 63 in my ongoing effort to learn to read German by using DuoLingo. In addition to doing DuoLingo activities, I'm also looking for other ways to expose myself to the language. So, before I start describing my progress in DuoLingo, I am asking for help.

Please post links to youtube music videos with lyrics in German and subtitles in English. Ideally, they may also have German lyrics in the description, but that's not strictly necessary. The experimental @penny4thoughts account has been designated as a beneficiary for this post, and I'll use it to share liquid rewards with anyone who suggests a relevant video.

Here's an example of the kind of video I'm looking for (by Nena, of 99 Red Balloons fame):

As you'll note, the language is German, it has English subtitles, and the German lyrics are included in the video description.

Alternatively, relevant replies to this post in German will also help me, so I'll distribute a share of the liquid rewards for those, too. I will use a bidbot to boost this post in order to ensure that it has some rewards to distribute.

Now, back to my regularly scheduled DuoLingo round-up

In short, let me start by saying that this week has been atypical. As I noted in my previous post, I am in the Obsidian league, and it is very competitive. As a result, I have been doing far more practice exercises recapping past topics than working on new lessons. This is simply because the practice exercises give more points (XP) than new lessons, and I want to make it into the final league, Diamond.

I have advanced to the top-5 in Obsidian several times and been knocked out of the top-10 several times. Only the top-10 advance. I am currently ranked in position 4 with about a day left, but I expect I'll need to complete some more exercises to remain in the top-10.

So, I'm not going to do a day by day summary for these last few days. I'll just say that I have done somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 practice exercises and I have advanced through all five levels of "Accusative Pronouns" and two levels of "House". I also completed a handful of stories. Normally, I would have completed more new material and less practice, but the competition in the current league slowed down my progress on new material.

Once I get into the diamond league, I don't expect to worry about competition any more, and I'll go back to focusing on new material. Although, to be honest, the practice on past topics is very helpful too, since I can't claim to have achieved anything close to mastery.

Here are some of the words I've come across in the "House" category (with memory-joggers from Bing Translate):

GermanEnglish
Fenster (das/die)Window/Windows
Decke (die)Ceiling or Blanket
Decken (die)Ceilings or Blankets
Wohnung (die)Apartment
Wohnungen (die)Apartments
Steckdose (die)Power outlet
Steckdosen (die)Power outlets
Wohnzimmer (das)Living room (same root as apartment?)
Wohnzimmeren (die)Living rooms
Wand (die)Wall
Wände (die)Walls
Zaun (der)Fence
Zäune (die)Fences
Ladegerät (das)(Battery) charger
Ladegeräte (die)(Battery) chargers
Dach (das)Roof
Dächer (die)Roofs
Einkaufszentrum (das)Mall (don't think I'll ever memorize this one)
Einkaufszentren (die)Malls
Bett (das)Bed
Betten (die)Beds
Stuhl (der)Chair (remember because it reminds me of "stool")
Stühle (die)Chairs
Tisch (der)Table
Tische (die)Tables

And here are the numbers that the site is reporting for me:

  • Streak: 63
  • Hearts: 5
  • XP today: 288
  • Total XP: 12530
  • League: Obsidian
  • Place in league: 4
  • XP in league: 2551
  • Crowns: 114
  • Words learned: 498 in web site, 411 in App
  • Followers: 4

No new special characters in today's post, so the full table (so far) look like this:

Key presscharacter
ALT-0196Ä
ALT-0214Ö
ALT-0223ß
ALT-0228ä
ALT-0246ö
ALT-0252ü

If you want to learn a foreign language (or Klingon or High Valyrian), my recommendation for DuoLingo continues to be "thumbs up". According to the app, you can also use DuoLingo to learn dead or endangered languages like Latin, Navajo or Hawaiian.

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I have found lyricstraining.com to be quite useful for this.

It's good that you're learning German, it never hurts to learn other languages, I want to learn English and Italian, thanks for recommending Duolingo! I didn't know you could learn Latin in that app! but it's good to know, I hope you can continue to advance in the use of German, I consider that its pronunciations are very difficult! I don't know like are you doing, but it is a great achievement, congratulations! Keep going!

is one of my favorite songs! I recently sang this song in a Spanish version for @musicforsteem
enjoy it, it's a nice song

Perfect! That's exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for. Thank you very much!

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