I’m a teenager from a EU-country. I’d like to study college and maybe live in Hamburg, Germany. I’d like to have any tips to start preparing to live there and to know more about Germany. Also, any language tips would be cool! I use Deutsche Welle page to learn German (Duolingo is nice, but I don’t like to give my e-mail to anyone in general).

Any tips you can give me? Thanks in advance!

read books in german and if you don’t understand something post your question to either this forum or for instance german.stackexchange.com

so you have two options there:

when its complicated and you have to look up many words, you can also try to translate every sentence, that is the whole book into your language. This will take a long time, but you will learn much from it.

Also: find some german person who shares your interest in something (for instance political stuff). then talk about political stuff in german. this person should know that your german is not so good and ideally it would be fine for this person to explain things (in german!) you don’t understand.

So it will work especially well, if the whole conversation can be done in german, without exceptions. That way, you are forced to ask about what you don’t understand in german, which increases your understanding. I highly recommend this strategy.

I also recommend to store the words you didn’t know somewhere and regularly check if you remember the meaning.

@magicalprivacy
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21Y

Thanks for all the tips! However, it’s a bit hard to look for German-speaking people here (people here prefer English or French).

alternative would be to create a post “hey, is there somebody who wants to talk to me in german, in 1:1 chats?” xD

@ajz
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https://lemmy.ml/u/magicalprivacy As a child I have improved my German language by watching German TV. And listening to Nina Hagen https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nina_Hagen_Band_(album) also helped a bit. Things like Am Friedhof / Damen Klo / Naturtraene / TV ist ein Droge… makes sense the more you listen to it. Then again Dutch language and German language have things in common, so I guess it was much easier for me to adopt than e.g. French/Spanish/Italian

@ajz
21Y

Ich bin nicht so sicher ob das stimmt !

Ich bin auch nicht so sicher.^^

@bytesnake
21Y

If you an absolute beginner, I can also recommend LanguageTransfer And the resource list at language forum

@ajz
21Y

You can join the german lang. Lemmy : https://asoziales.net/ Regarding email, mailbox.org offers email for 1 Euro a month including bonus temporary throw away email addresses (30 days expiration ?). Viel SpaB, auf Wiedersehn ! :)

@nutomic
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31Y

There are many websites that give you throwaway email addresses for free, without signing up or anything. Eg https://10minutemail.com/

/u/magicalprivacy

@magicalprivacy
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31Y

Thanks for the e-mail tip!

@ajz
31Y

Yes, good point, I forgot about that, but then for me the question is how privacy friendly those free of charge throw away email providers are (Nowadays the Internet is full of data brokers). I’ve had a mailbox.org account in the past and I appreciated the fact that their throw away email option was always there.

@magicalprivacy
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21Y

Danke!

@bytesnake
21Y

If you have any question regarding the language or want to have a conversation just ask :) btw what is you native language?

@magicalprivacy
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21Y

Thanks! My native language is Spanish, so if anyone is interested in learning Spanish in exchange of German, I’m up to it!

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