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The 6 Best Places to Find German Memes Online

Isn’t it a little strange that Will Ferrell movies perform well in America, but they generally flop overseas?

Even though comedy can be traced all the way back to Aristotle, for some reason it remains one of the primary genres—in terms of movies, TV shows, books and other mediums—that fails to translate well into other languages.

Lucky for German learners, a new type of humor is available to assist those who want to joke around in German.

I’m talking about memes, the goofy images you see with only one or two lines to make them either funny or flops.

The interesting part is that memes written in German aren’t nearly as popular as those made in English, so the process is a little tricky. However, I’ve put together a list of six resources—each of which provide hilarious, or even thought-provoking German memes through which you can learn German humor.

What’s more, I’ve offered a favorite meme from each source for you to get started and understand how they work.

Keep reading to take a few steps forward to German fluency, since you can bet that you’ll eventually encounter a German joke during your learning process.

#learngerman

Read more at:
http://www.fluentu.com/german/blog/german-memes/
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7 Catchy German Songs You’ve Gotta Download ASAP

Let’s play a quick little game, which I like to call “gimme five.”

I’ll say a topic, and you shout the first five words that come to your head, which fit in that category. (Go ahead and play in German if you can.) Ok, you ready?

Here we go… action words!

You made it to five, right? Here’s the next one:

Animal sounds!

You got all five again? All right, here’s the last one:

German bands/musical artists!



How’d we do?

If you couldn’t name any artists, I’m extra excited for you, because you have everything to discover when it comes to amazing German music. Some new favorite artists might just be waiting for you in the song recommendations below, so get fired up.

And for those of you who could easily name five bands, I’m about to share the best places online to download German songs, so stay tuned to keep growing your collection.

#learngerman

 Read more at:
http://www.fluentu.com/german/blog/download-german-songs/
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5 German Grammar Rules to Get Beginners up and Running

It’s important to see grammar as the nuts and bolts of any language.

If all you do is commit lists and lists of words to heart, you’re not going to know exactly how to build them together. This is why we need to perfect our grammar.

You need to get down and dirty with the rules if you’re ever going to become fluent in the language.

It may not sound as exciting as watching German movies or reading interesting novels, but it’s exactly those types of works that you’ll be able to fully appreciate and adore once you nail the rules.

To get beginners up and running, here are five German grammar rules that are worth learning.

#learngerman

Read more at:
http://www.fluentu.com/german/blog/german-grammar-rules/
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7 Sharp Lesson Plan Templates to Streamline Your Foreign Language Classes

Quick question: How many lesson plan templates are there in the whole wide world?

Quick answer: As many as there are teachers.

Everybody’s online these days, posting and swapping ideas faster than ever before— it’s like one huge teacher meeting, where thousands of the world’s foreign language teachers have united to brainstorm, collaborate and share.

In this post, I’m gonna give you just seven. They’re incredibly effective templates that will turn any language class into learning central, and they’ll give you a great idea of what to expect from all the templates you’ll come across online.

But first, let me share with you four P’s that make for effective lesson plans.

#teachlanguages

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http://www.fluentu.com/educator/blog/foreign-language-lesson-plan-template/
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7 Strategies to Make Reading in a Foreign Language the Easiest Thing You Ever Learn

If you’re reading this, congratulations!

English is one of the most difficult languages to learn to read. From word to word, the same sounds in English are often spelled differently, or the same spellings are pronounced differently. Research has shown that English-speaking children take more than twice as long to learn to read as children who speak most other European languages.

But you’re not reading this article because you want to bask in the glory of being able to read English; you want to learn to read a whole other language!

The good news is that reading in whatever foreign language you’re interested in is probably easier than reading in English. The even better news is that reading in a foreign language can actually be the easiest thing you ever learn. With the right strategies, it’ll come much more naturally than getting down all that vocabulary or sharpening up your listening comprehension skills.

With the right techniques, language learning can usually be fun, but this is even more true of learning to read in a foreign language: basically all you have to do is read whatever you want, and you’ll get better at reading.

Of course, there are a few tricks you want to use along the way to make your “reading whatever you want” as efficient, effective and painless as possible. Here they are.

#learnlanguages

Read more at:
http://www.fluentu.com/blog/reading-in-foreign-language/
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13 Brilliant Blogs for Learners and Lovers of Languages

Ever feel like you’re all alone out there in the big scary world of learning a new language?

Like, you’ve got all the “how-to” walkthroughs and “expert” advice you could ever hope for, but you’re just missing that human touch, someone who really gets what you’re going through.

As language learners, we’re people first, and there’s nothing like a human perspective to motivate us and remind us that we’re not alone in our endeavors.

We feel frustrated by our own awkwardness in a second language, when we just can’t figure out how to pronounce that one awful sound or when we hit a pothole on the road to fluency.

It’s easy to get discouraged when your language learning isn’t progressing along perfectly according to plan, but don’t give up—there are plenty of bloggers out there who are living the struggle with you, and they’re writing about it as they go!

The Internet is crawling with blogs ranging from general linguistic geekery to learning a specific language in a particular country. Sorting through all that digital noise and trying to figure out which blogs to add to your reading list can be absolutely overwhelming, which is why we’ve put together a solid reading list for you. We’ve mentioned some of these blogs on FluentU before (because we think they’re that awesome!), but most of them are fresh faces that we’re adding to our own content feeds.

Here are 13 of the best blogs on the Internet for powering up your language learning game and reminding you that you’re not alone in your linguistic struggles.

#learnlanguages

Read more at:
http://www.fluentu.com/blog/language-learning-blogs/
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Mind to Mouth: How to Speak a New Language Fluently Faster

You’re doing it wrong!

Well, only if you’re not focusing the brunt of your attention on speaking your new language.

Are you building your language learning process upon grammar rules and written exercises?

Focused on those little details of the language?

Writing out tons of vocabulary lists?

Of course those aspects are super important too, especially when it comes to mastering reading, writing and listening. However, you won’t get far if you’re missing the crucial element of fluency: speech.

There’s a common problem for many learners who focus on rules and proper writing, but who don’t practice their speech: They cannot understand native speakers and they choke during real conversations. We don’t want that to happen to you.

We want you to act completely natural when you start speaking to a native, so you’ll make new friends and so everyone will be impressed. That’s why we’ve nailed down the 10 best learning tactics that will help you speak fluently. The best part is that they’re applicable to any language you decide to learn.

#learnlanguages

Read more at:
http://www.fluentu.com/blog/how-to-speak-a-language-fluently/
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5 Keys to a Creative Language Classroom

Want to know a secret?

Curiosity didn’t kill the cat. Lack of creativity did.

The world has woken up to the fact that creativity is not just a fluffy term assigned to kindergarten art projects.

It is essential to human development, happiness and last but not least, learning!

Chances are that you already invoke creativity in your language lessons, but teachers can never have too many tricks up their sleeves.

Let’s start with some reminders on why creativity is a tool that’s worth the extra effort.

#teachlanguages

Read more at:
http://www.fluentu.com/educator/blog/creative-language-classroom/
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Your Complete Guide to Foreign Language Podcasts

Serial.

What does that word make you think of?

For millions of people, their first thought won’t be a serial number, serial code or serial killer, but rather a podcast.

“Serial” has completely captivated its audience, holding the record for the fastest podcast ever to break 5 million downloads on iTunes (when season one premiered in 2014).

Lucky for us language learners, podcasts aren’t just made in English.

That means the sources you use to improve your listening skills could be addicting podcasts like “Serial.”

Sure, there are lots of podcasts out there specifically made for language learners, but that’s not what this is about. I’m talking about podcasts made by native speakers for other native speakers.

Not only will your listening skills bloom, but you’ll improve your vocabulary, gain cultural insights and, if you choose wisely, even learn about something else that interests you.

Podcasts are also an easy way to incorporate language learning into “net time,” time when you’re doing something else which doesn’t require much concentration, like washing dishes or commuting.

To help you benefit from this valuable resource, I’ll show you where to find such podcasts, how to pick the best one for you, plus strategies for using them the most effectively.

#learnlanguages

Read more at:
http://www.fluentu.com/blog/foreign-language-podcasts/
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The 7 Best Sites for Taking Online German Lessons from Just About Anywhere

Not exactly in a position to be taking a German class right now?

No problem! The online world awaits.

Or maybe you’re already taking a German class, but feel it’s not enough?

Hey, using online lessons as a self-study tool outside the classroom can really give your language skills a boost.

When I talk to other people who are learning German, I’m always surprised that hardly any of them realize they can take online lessons.

You may already be aware that there are tons resources you can access on the Internet to enhance your German, like movies and e-books.

But there are also many online German lessons, waiting just for you!

In this article, we’ll explore the best of what’s out there.

#learngerman

Read more at:
http://www.fluentu.com/german/blog/online-german-lessons/
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