College courses in German.

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  1. grandunification

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    I just went to my first class in German today. This will be my first time taking a foreign language. I have to take 3 semesters of it before I graduate. I'm scared shitless after the first day of class. Any comments about how hard this is going to be will be appreciated.
     
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    One word: declensions!
     
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    Just learn the cuss words.
     
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    Well, it is going to be "geil" ;)
     
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    My advice, is to buy some german magazines, or newspapers and some german music, rent some german movies etc... Start writing your shopping lists and to-do lists in german. The more you immerse yourself in a language the easier it will be for you.
     
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    watch german tv online or listen to german radio online, it will help you with the pronounciation and help with vocabulary. I speak 5 languages fluently and found this helped alot.
    www.wwitv.com
     
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    I did a double major (where German was one of them) and I've found that it helps having someone you can ask questions outside of class. If you have any friends/family that know German, it would be great letting them know you're taking classes and it'd be great to ask them questions.

    Also really useful is a 501 German Verbs book. Amazon.com: 501 German Verbs (9780764102844): Henry Strutz: Books They take the 501 most common irregular verbs and conjugate them in every verb tense. It comes in handy when writing papers/projects or even for making flashcards.

    And try not to be too overwhelmed! I remember walking into my first German class and not understanding a word, but after time, things will fall into place and start making sense.
     
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    Watching tv in German does help indeed. It's the same with my English, it became a lot better after I started watching BBC.

    Just maintain it and practice it at least once a week. Repeating means learning.

    At first it seems difficult, but once you get the hang of it (careful for the grammar: Nominativ, Akkusativ, Dativ und Genetiv) it'll make a lot more sense.

    I suggest learning the most important grammar first (N, A, D and G) and the Modalverben. After that...it's a lot easier.
     
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