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Created by Lucas Kern

Learn German Easily

Created by Lucas Kern

Here is the 4th part of the email course:

To grasp the full concept of the course, carefully read to the end of these pages.  

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Rule No. 1
>>> Always Study Phrases, Never Only Individual Words

Rule No 2
>>> Don’t Study Grammar Rules

Rule No. 3
>>> Listen, Listen, Listen

Rule No. 4

Deep learning with repetition

Why is it so important that we repeat what we have learned? 

Memorizing new words, pronunciation of words or whole phrases is not easy, especially for beginners. We can remember it for a short time but we tend to forget it after a while. It is because our brain has filters and tries to delete all unnecessary information.

So how can we help our brain to remember things we consider important?  

Do you know the “forgetting curve”? 

Have a look at the picture above. The curve shows how information is lost over time if the student makes no effort to repeat the information.

Students tend to halve their memory in only a few days. Of course the speed of forgetting depends on several factors. For example how difficult the learning materials is. Also, physiological factors like stress play a role.

Good news 🙂  

The good news is, with this in mind, we now know a great tool to keep newly acquired information in our memory until it will finally gets saved in our long-term memory.

You need to find out how your individual forgetting curve looks like in order to find the right sequence of repetition and how long you can pause until you need to repeat the information again.

Do you still remember half of what you have learned after three days? Or have you forgotten all of it after two days?

Find out how well your memory works. If it works fine, you need less repetitions and you can extent the days between each repetition (have a second look at the picture above to understand what I mean). If your memory is not that good – no problem. You can still learn the same;  you only need a few more repetitions.

Put it to the test!  

Practice with my vocabulary lesson from last time every day until you have learned it deeply. Then wait a few days and find out how much you remember.

I suggest that you also try the question and answer part of this lesson today and for the next couple of days until you can answer all the questions easily. If you do understand the main sentences (which are translated) then you should also be able to understand at least 80% of the questions and you should be able to answer them.

The question and answer technique is like a simulated conversation and will help you to think in German step by step. Being able to think in German is the key to fluency. Try to answer the questions out loud (after the question but before my recorded answer).

If you use the question and answer technique and follow the rules you will learn to speak German fluently in less than one year. If you use this technique you don’t have to learn words by heart. You will learn them automatically just by repeating the lessons over and over again until all information:

  • meaning
  • pronunciation
  • word order
  • structure and so on

is saved in your long-term memory.

All you have to do is a lot of repetitions. Trust me, it is just a matter of repetition. You can do it! – Trust yourself and never give up!

Repetition: Vocabulary Lesson 

Repeat the first part of this vocabulary lesson a few times until you go on to the question and answer part. If you are a beginner don’t worry, just repeat it over and over again – it is just a matter or repetition until it gets easier! If you don’t give up you will learn so much.

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      Voc Lesson
German English
das Wunder (singular)
/ die Wunder (plural)
the miracle
/ the miracles
Hallo Mama! Ich habe gute Nachrichten! Du hast 100% in deinem Deutschtest? Ich sagte, ich habe gute Nachrichten und kein Wunder! Hi Mom! I have good news! You got a 100% on your German test? I said I have good news, not a miracle!
erste first
Du weißt, was wunderschön ist – oder? Lese das erste Wort noch mal. You know what’s beautiful – right? Read the first word again.
der Stalker (singular)
/ die Stalker (plural)
the Stalker
/ the Stalkers
Jemand folgt dir auf Twitter => Juhu, ein neuer Follower! Jemand folgt dir im richtigen Leben => Oh mein Gott ein Stalker! Someone follows you on Twitter => Yeah, a new follower! Someone follows you in real life => Oh my God a stalker!
zweimal twice
Ich habe mich auf den ersten Blick verliebt. Ich hätte zweimal hinschauen sollen. 🙁 I fell in love at first sight. I should have looked twice.
die Panik the panic 
Dieser Augenblick der Panik, wenn die Person, die deine Haare schneidet plötzlich sagt: “Ups“. That moment of panic when the person cutting your hair says, “whoops“.
übrig left, left over
Wenn ich 10 Schokoladenkuchen habe und jemand möchte einen haben, wie viele Schokoladenkuchen habe ich übrig? Das ist richtig => 10. 🙂 If I have 10 chocolate cakes and someone wants to have 1, how many chocolate cakes do I have left? That’s right => 10.
erkennen realize
Man erkennt nie, was man hat, bis es weg ist. Toilettenpapier ist ein gutes Beispiel. 🙂 You never realize what you have till it’s gone. Toilet paper is a good example!

das Wunder (singular)
/ die Wunder (plural)

the miracle
/ the miracles

Hallo Mama! Ich habe gute Nachrichten! Du hast 100% in deinem Deutschtest? Ich sagte, ich habe gute Nachrichten und kein Wunder! 

Hi Mom! I have good news! You got a 100% on your German test? I said I have good news,
not a miracle!

erste
first

Du weißt, was wunderschön ist – oder? Lese das erste Wort noch mal.  

You know what’s beautiful – right? Read the first word again.

der Stalker (singular)
/ die Stalker (plural)

the Stalker
/ the Stalkers

Jemand folgt dir auf Twitter => Juhu, ein neuer Follower! Jemand folgt dir im richtigen Leben => Oh mein Gott ein Stalker! 

Someone follows you on Twitter => Yeah, a new follower! Someone follows you in real life => Oh my God a stalker!

zweimal
twice

Ich habe mich auf den ersten Blick verliebt. Ich hätte zweimal hinschauen sollen. 🙁 

I fell in love at first sight. I should have looked twice.

die Panik
the panic

Dieser Augenblick der Panik, wenn die Person, die deine Haare schneidet plötzlich sagt: “Ups“. 

That moment of panic when the person cutting your hair says, “whoops“.

übrig
left, left over

Wenn ich 10 Schokoladenkuchen habe und jemand möchte einen haben, wie viele Schokoladenkuchen habe ich übrig? Das ist richtig => 10. 🙂

If I have 10 chocolate cakes and someone wants to have 1, how many chocolate cakes do I have left? That’s right => 10.

erkennen
realize

Man erkennt nie, was man hat, bis es weg ist. Toilettenpapier ist ein gutes Beispiel. 🙂

You never realize what you have till it’s gone. Toilet paper is a good example!

Auf dem Klo
!

Don't stop now!

Go back up and practice again. Check the translation until you understand the German sentences then listen to this lessons over and over again! Listen, Listen, Listen!!!

Now the very important Question and Answer Part.

Please don’t think that this part is too difficult. If you are able to understand the first part of the lesson above then you will be able to master the question and answer part of this lesson after a few days and repetitions.

Repetitions are important because your brain cannot process so much information in one go! You can learn so many things with just one lesson but only if you repeat it many times for the next few days. Try to answer the questions out loud (after the question but before my recorded answer). If you cannot do it yet, please just listen to this part a few times, repeat the first part above again (check the translation in the first part if you don’t understand the words) and then try the question and answer part again. If you do this, your progress is inevitable!

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      Q&A Part

Question:
Habe ich gute oder schlechte Nachrichten?
  

Short Answer:
Gute Nachrichten!

Long Answer:
Ich habe gute Nachrichten.

Habe ich 100% in meinem Deutschtest geschafft?
Nein, das habe ich nicht.
Ich habe zwar gute Nachrichten, aber kein Wunder.

Du weißt, was wunderschön ist – oder?
Du
Du bist wunderschön.

Ist das Wort: du das erste oder das zweite Wort in dem Satz?
Das erste Wort.
Das Wort du ist das erste Wort in dem Satz.

Ist ein „Stalker“ jemand, der dir folgt?
Genau, ein „Stalker“ ist jemand, der dir folgt.

Und freut (glad, happy) man sich über einen Stalker?
Auf Twitter schon.
Im richtigen Leben freut man sich nicht über einen Stalker.

Habe ich mich auf den ersten, zweiten, dritten, vierten, fünften,
sechsten, sieb(en)ten, achten, neunten oder zehnten Blick verliebt?
Auf den ersten Blick.
Ich habe mich auf den ersten Blick verliebt.

Aber hätte ich besser zweimal hinschauen sollen?
Ja, das hätte ich machen sollen.
Ich hätte besser zweimal hinschauen sollen.

Was bekommst du (what do you get), wenn die Person, die deine Haare schneidet plötzlich „ups“ sagt?
Panik!
Du bekommst Panik.
Du bekommst sogar große Panik.
Also ich würde große Panik bekommen.

Wenn jemand einen Schokoladenkuchen von meinen 10 haben möchte, wie viele habe ich danach übrig?
Genau, noch 10 Stück.

Wieso noch 10 und nicht 9?
10-1 ist doch = 9 oder?
Es sind noch 10, weil ich keinen abgebe (share).
Weil ich alle 10 Schokoladenkuchen behalte (keep).
Ich liebe Schokoladenkuchen. Die esse ich alle alleine auf!
Man nennt mich auch Krümelmonster (cookie monster).

Erkennt man erst, was man hat, wenn es weg ist?
Genau, man erkennt erst, was man hat, wenn es weg ist.
Man erkennt nie, was man hat, bis es weg ist.

Was ist ein gutes Beispiel dafür?
Toilettenpapier!
Toilettenpapier ist ein gutes Beispiel dafür.
Man erkennt nie wie wichtig Toilettenpapier ist, bis es weg ist.
Dann merkt man erst, wie wichtig es ist.

Remember:

Repetition is the key to save the meaning of the words, the pronunciation, the word order, the spelling, etc. in your long term memory – if you don’t repeat, you will forget.

Repeat the vocabulary lesson (especially the question and answer part) above every day for the next few days. You will be amazed by your progress.

The question and answer technique is like a simulated conversation and it will help you to think in German step by step. Being able to think in German is the key to fluency. Try to answer the questions out loud (after the question but before my recorded answer).

Rule No. 4

Deep learning with repetition!

Here is another video. Please read this before you watch the video.

AJ Hoge is an English teacher who also uses the TPRS method. He explains the rules in his videos very vividly and that’s why I integrated the videos. In these video clips he talks about learning English, but the rules are the same if you want to learn German or any other language.

You heard what AJ just said in the video: You need to listen, listen and listen. So go back up and listen to my vocabulary lesson a couple more times.

What we’ve learned so far:

Rule No. 1   
Always Study Phrases, Never Only Individual Words

Rule No. 2 
Don’t Study Grammar Rules!

Rule No. 3 
Listen, Listen, Listen!

Rule No. 4 
Deep Learning with Repetition

Most of my students learn to speak German fluently in less than one year by following all 7 rules and practicing with all my vocabulary lessons, TPRS Audio Stories and Fairy Tales.

Still to come:
Rule No. 5, 6 and Rule No. 7

All rules are important, but Rule No. 7 is the most important one. I’m going to introduce you to a method that will teach you how to think in German and this is very important if you want to learn to speak German fluently.

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