Welcome to the German page on Kick Start Languages! Congratulations on choosing such a fascinating language to learn! You're going to love it! This page is designed to help you with my free 10 week language learning course on YouTube so make sure you've checked that out to fully make sense of what's to come!
Don't forget there is no 'right or wrong' way to learn the things I'm asking you to learn during the 10 week course (scroll down this page to find specific videos to help you each week). These books and videos are only here as a guide - if you find better resources use them and tell me about them on my Facebook page or in the comments on my YouTube videos!
Also, don't listen to all the nonsense about how 'hard' German is - it's true that to become genuinely fluent the grammar is really tough but you can easily become conversational in 10 weeks if you put the effort in and then focus on correcting and updating your grammar later on! Plus if you listen to lots of German Youtubers speaking German the grammar starts to come naturally anyway! Just keep trying your best and don't be afraid to make mistakes!
Good luck and enjoy these resources!
Books to help you learn German:
The Dummies Guide to German : A great book which takes you through all the basics and gives you a CD with lots of dialogues to help you learn what German sounds like.
Lacking Hacking German: Benny Lewis' excellent conversational guide to German.
Kindle Unlimited: There are loads of books on German and written in German here. You can get a free 30 day trial and then it's £7.99 a month thereafter if you choose to carry on your subscription.
Useful YouTube channels for German:
Learn German with Anya: Anya is such an enthusiastic teacher and is really ace for helping you learn German quickly!
Easy German: Such a brilliant resource for practicing your listening.
Specific videos to help you each week:
Week 1: Greetings and numbers and a bonus cognates video (if you want it):
Week 2: Numbers 11-20 and question words.
I want you to search out your own way of learning the numbers 11-20 - either Google a list of them or search YouTube. This is important as I want you to start discovering your own favourite ways of learning rather than totally relying on me! Here's a video on the question words though (there are loads of others available if you search on YouTube if you don't like this style):
Week 3: The verbs 'to have' and 'to be':
Week 4: Learn these words!
If there is more than one translation for these terms you need to find out the differences - it is important that you do this for yourself. However, do not EVER worry too, too much about using the exact wrong word - it is far better to say something and get it wrong than to paralyse yourself going for the precisely correct term and end up saying nothing at all.
A/an = ein, eine
The = der, die, das, den
This = diese
That = das
Those = jene
These = diese
Person = Person
People = Menschen
Place = Platz, Ort
Places = Platz, Ort
Thing = Ding
Things = Dinge
Week 5: 'To like' and 'to want':
Day before yesterday: Vorgestern
Day after tomorrow: Ubermorgen
Week 7: Conjugating regular verbs
Week 8: Months and family members
Week 9: Size, location and direction and body parts
Week 10: Possession