Welcome to the smarterGerman German Online Course. You are about to start an exciting journey. My name is Michael and I'll be your companion throughout this course either in form of instructing you per video, answering to your comments or in my weekly Q&A sessions to which you are cordially invited.
Please watch the quick introduction video above as it will save you a lot of frustration and time. If you want to get the utmost benefit out of this course, please make sure to watch the video at the bottom of this page in which I walk you through this course and explain how to use all additional tools
You can access the Q&A sessions via this link here. They take place every Monday 7pm CEST and every Saturday 9am CEST and last 30mins. They are group meetings. If you can't make it, you won't have to inform me. You just come and go whenever it suits you. You also don't have to ask any questions but could also just listen to what other learners are sharing or to whatever I will share in case there are no questions.
Please register for my free forum here to stay up to date as at times, I have to cancel a Q&A and I wouldn't want you to be disappointed when you show up and no Michael's there. The new forum is also a wonderful place to get to know other highly motivated German learners and to build learning or conversation groups there. And it is free of charge.
Last but not least before you dive right into learning German I strongly recommend that you read the first chapter of the book "Make it Stick" by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III. and Mark A. McDaniel. You can do by simply going here: Read the first chapter for free and then click on the cover of the book where it says "Look inside" and go to chapter one. It is called: "Learning is Misunderstood".
The whole book summarizes my 20 years of research and experience in the field of learning how to learn (languages). There's no need to purchase that book or to even read it. But the first chapter is such a powerful inspiration and will give you a deep understanding about how this course works under the hood, that I wish from the heart that you read it before you start your journey into the lovely German language.
As you are at the very beginning, only a few more words on the initial experience you might go through:
1 | Don't worry at all about what you might miss but rather focus on what you understand already. All will fall into place eventually.
2 | If you have any question, quickly skim the comments under the current lecture and if you can't find an answer already, simply write a comment. I'll get back to you within 48 hours.
3 | If you need a grain of motivation, want to meet me in person or have a question that you'd like to ask me face to face, just join my Q&A (see link and times above).
4 | If you struggle with anything and feel frustrated, drop everything for a minute, take a few deep breaths (I'm not kidding here) and try again. If that doesn't help, simply write to me. Ideally you share your issues via the comments as then my answer will benefit thousands of learners instead of just one. But if it is too intimate, feel free to write me an email. I won't be available by phone.
5 | Try the course for 3-4 weeks and let me help you where I can. If nothing helps and you still feel this course is not for you, just let me know with a short email and I'll refund you your course fee asap. It might take up to 12 business days until you get your money back but usually it goes pretty fast.
Please watch the video at the bottom of this lesson (maybe on 1.25x or 1.5x speed or use the TOC below) and take notes. It goes into much more detail than the video on the top and will save you precious time and help you avoid frustration.
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02:02 Course basics
04:56 Recommended tools and the sG Learning Cycle and How to read
08:00 Using Memrise properly
12:37 The fantastic Preaching technique
17:16 How to work with the course's interactive exercises
19:16 Pronunciation lessons
19:58 Sharing your experience and struggles in the comments and the smarterGerman learners forum
21:36 Michael's bi-weekly group Q&As via zoom (you'll be invited automatically)
23:13 The glorious Superhero technique
23:48 Passive listening
25:16 sG's super-lovely German learning songs
25:34 The review lessons
26:06 On writing struggle-free
29:34 Improve your speaking speed by using Glossika
36:42 The free smarterGerman Article App