1. Learn 10-30 minutes instead of an hour a day, then add time each week!
  2. Carry a Pocket Dictionary!
  3. Create your own flashcards!
  4.  Listen to music and learn all the lyrics!
  5. Follow a Blog or subscribe to emails about German!
  6. Write blog posts in German!
  7. Watch YouTube videos, TV shows and Movies in German!
  8. Record yourself speaking German!
  9. Test your Grammer with online German Quizzes!
  10. Use German whenever you can!
  11. Don’t take mistakes so seriously/personally!
  12. Take pride in the progress you’ve made!
  13. Do not put pressure on yourself!
  14. When you feel lazy, just take a baby step (a very small action)!
  15. Imagine yourself in the future. Imagine other people wanting to speak German as well as you do!
  16. Keep a record of your progress (success journal)!

How to Ask/Express an Opinion in German. Expressing agreement/disagreement/indifference.

Important Words

  • Die Meinung - opinion
  • Die Ansicht - view
  • überzeugen - to convince
  • zustimmen - to agree
  • widersprechen to contradict
  • wahr - true
  • falsch - false

 Asking for Someone’s Opinion:

  • Was halten Sie von …? – What do you think of ...?
  • Was denken Sie über ....? – What do you think about ...?
  • Wie ist Ihre Meinung über ...? – What is your opinion on ...?
  • Wie ist Ihre Ansicht über ...? – What is your view on ...?
  • Wie finden Sie ...? – What do you think of ...?
  • Sind Sie der Meinung, dass ...? – Are you of the opinion of ...?
  • Sind Sie der Ansicht, dass ...? – Are you of the view that ...?

Expressing agreement:

  • Ich stimme dir zu. – I agree with you.
  • Du hast (vollig) recht. – You’re (completely) right.
  • Ich bin einverstanden. – I agree.
  • Das stimmt. – That’s right.
  • Ich bin der gleichen Meinung. – I agree (Literally: I am of the same opinion)

Expressing disagreement:

  • Das kann sein, aber… – That might be so, but…
  • Ich widerspreche, weil… – I disagree, because…
  • Ich bin dagegen. – I'm against it.
  • Ich bezweifle, dass… – I doubt that…
  • Das ist einfach nicht so. – That is simply not so.
  • Das ist nicht wahr. – That is not true.
  • Auf keinen Fall. – Absolutely not.
  • Du hast keine Ahnung. – You have no idea.

Expressing indifference:

  • Das ist mir egal. – It's all the same to me/I don't care.
  • Es ist mir völlig gleichgültig. – I don't care at all.
  • Das macht mir nichts aus. – It doesn't matter to me.
  • Macht nichts. – Doesn't matter.
  • Das ist mir wurscht. – I couldn't care less.
  • Ich habe nichts dagegen. – I have nothing against it.
  • Meinetwegen … – As far as I'm concerned ...
  • Von mir aus … - As far as I'm concerned ... 

Not Taking a Stance:

  • Ich bin da geteilter Meinung. – My opinion is divided.
  • Es kommt darauf an. – It depends.
  • Das ist mir egal. – It doesn't matter to me.
  • Ich habe dazu nicht viel zu sagen. – I don't have much to say about that.
  • Ich habe nichts dagegen. – I've got nothing against it.

Entschuldigung. – Sorry.
Können Sie mir helfen? – Can you help me?
Bitte helfen Sie! – Please help!
Ich bin gerade bestohlen worden. – I’ve just been robbed.
Bitte rufen Sie die Polizei! – Please call the police.
Was ist passiert? – What happened?
Sie braucht einen Arzt. – She needs a doctor.
Wo gibt es hier ein Telefon? – Where is a telephone?
Wo gibt es hier ein Krankenhaus? – Where is a hospital?
Wo befindet sich die nächste Apotheke? – Where ist the nearest chemist’s shop?
Könnten Sie einen Arzt anrufen bitte? – Can you call a doctor, please?
Sie können um Hilfe bitten! - You can ask for help!
Ich habe mich verlaufen. – I’m lost.
Wo kann ich einen Dolmetscher finden? - Where could I find an interpreter?
Ich habe eine Frage. – I have a question.
Ich habe meine Papiere verloren. - I lost my papers.
Meine Papiere wurden mir gestohlen. – My papers have been stolen.

Danke – thanks
Danke schön - thank you kindly
Danke sehr - thank you very much
Vielen Dank - many thanks
Herzlichen Dank - heartfelt thanks
Besten Dank - best of thanks
Tausend Dank - a thousand thanks
Ich bedanke mich - I offer my thanks
Herzliches Dankeschön - heartfelt kind thanks
Vielen Dank für alles - many thanks for everything
Ich bin Ihnen sehr dankbar - I'm very grateful/thankful to you
Mit tiefer Dankbarkeit! - with deep gratitude!
Haben Sie vielen Dank - have many thanks
Vielen Dank im voraus - thank you in advance
Vielen Dank für Ihre Hilfe - thanks for your help
Danke für das schöne Geschenk - thank you for the beautiful gift
Danke für die schöne Zeit - thank you for the wonderful time
Danke für den schönen Abend - thank you for the lovely evening
Danke für Ihre/Deine Mühe - thank you for your efforts
Vielen Dank für Ihren/Deinen Anruf - thank you for calling (on the telephone)
DuoLingo - This app is versatile, has an interesting approach to teaching German, and very importantly, it is free. The fact that facts are pulled straight from the Internet, makes it all relevant. It is fresh, fun, and easy to use.

Babbel - It features a very slick and streamlined design where users of Google services will feel right at home. In addition to its professional look, it is also very lightweight, making it one of the fastest apps on this list.

Rosetta Stone - This app will help you by the wonderful combination of images, sounds, text and videos to learn the new language without any intermediate translation. The app also provides you with the possibility of communicating with other learners with the same language, or native speakers.

Busuu. Among all the apps on this list, busuu boasts one of the largest communities. The app’s courses are based on the CEFR framework and cover all areas of language acquisition (reading, writing, speaking, listening). 

Memrise. This great app offers a truly unique approach to learning. While on the basic level it is a flashcard application for studying vocabulary, it actually combines a spaced-repetition system with mnemonics to maximize retention.

Anki, or Ankidroid on Google Play, is a handy-dandy flashcard app that helps you learn German vocabulary. The concept is as simplistic as it is brilliant. Indeed, Anki is one of the best apps for learning German due to its unique and open-minded approach!

iStart German is much recommended for beginners in the German language. The app’s content is presented in a form that looks a lot like a chat and taught by two German native speakers and a moderator hailing from England. Each lesson is given in both text and audio form and supplemented with visuals.

German verb conjugations by Brainscape. If you have a hard time figuring out how to correctly form verbs across the different tenses, this is the app for you.

Learn German 6,000 Words. Despite the simplistic and perhaps a bit childish appearance of the app, it contains one of the best resources for learning German: a ton of vocabulary training exercises to help you kick-off your German learning.

Wie geht’s German is a nice app to learn basic German phrases. Its main goal is to teach learners basic phrases for all kinds of daily situations.
Easy German is a good channel to expose yourself to the German language. It has many videos on daily life in German speaking countries, and makes use of native speakers to showcase the language. All the videos are subtitles in English and German.

Deutsch für Euch (DFE). With close to 80,000 subscribers, DFE has an array of short instructional videos covering a wide range of beginner topics, such as German greetings and German pronunciation.

Get Germanized mixes German learning and cultural insights into some kind of comic book themed mix.

Deutsch Happen. Review German writing, vocabulary, idioms, and other topics with host Kirsten Winkler. 

Learn German with Herr Antrim. Learn German with entertaining videos twice each week. Videos uploaded on Mondays are for learning beginner level German. Videos uploaded on Fridays are for learning intermediate level German. 

Learn German with Fast, easy and fun. That’s the German language learning experience promised by GermanPod101’s YouTube channel, and it certainly does its best to live up to those aims.  There are dozens of videos organized into such categories as “Learn German Holidays,” “German in Three Minutes” and “German Listening Practice.”

Girls4Teaching. This channel is completely dedicated to anyone who wants to learn German, with basic lessons including grammar, vocabulary, culture, dialogue and final test!

The Goethe-Institut is a non-profit German cultural association. It offers a great language learning program and lots of language schools around Germany that teach German to foreigners.

MySpass. Want to get into a German TV series for your next binge? Then the MySpass YouTube channel is where you need to be. They have uploaded many clips from numerous German TV shows. 

Bookboxinc. Here is a collection of fun stories for children. Every story has been carefully created by BookBox with the goal of promoting a love for reading through extremely edutaining and culturally inclusive content from around the world and also to give automatic reading practice to children.
  1. Learn to listen.
  2. Use a mirror. Notice how your mouth and lips move.
  3. Break words down into sounds.
  4. Add stress to sounds and words.
  5. Use pronunciation podcasts and videos.
  6. Record yourself.
  7. Practice with a buddy.