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How to Learn German in Your Car?

How to Learn German in Your Car? Learn language in car

Stuck in traffic? Losing time in your car? Have you ever felt that in all this wasted time, you could have watched the 750 episodes of One Piece, finished the last Super Mario ten times, or even better…you could have learned German? Between family, friends and work, in addition to this time-consuming commute, it can become difficult to find time to properly learn German.

Fortunately, every problem has a solution, and what could be a better solution than turning that commute time into learning time? Stop passing the time mindlessly listening to the radio and try some of our best tips for mastering German in your car!

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You can learn German in your car, hands free
While driving, it’s important that you keep your focus on the road, so this is why our top tips won’t require you to use your hands!

Listening to German audio content in the car is a good way to learn
This is because it is a fun and efficient way to learn. With GermanPod101.com podcasts, you will be able to discover German culture through topics about everyday life. Instead of the radio, listen to a German podcast adapted to your level, from Absolute Beginner to Advanced, and you will make progress sooner that you would expect!

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You can listen to German music in the car
Did you know that you can learn German by singing while driving? Listen to songs from cartoon or drama and try to identify some words you learned.

Challenge yourself! Use the German you’ve studied up to this point and see how much you understand! Making the jump to real-life German is a scary one, but friendly children’s songs are a great place to start!

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You can learn alone in your car
When you’re driving alone, you can be as loud as you want – there is nothing better for remembering your German lessons than repeating loudly, again and again. Next time you see a driver who seems to be talking alone, you will know he or she is just learning German!

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You can learn through repetition with your passengers
If there are passengers in the car, it can be more stimulating to learn together. You can set a role play with German dialogues. With GermanPod101.com, you can download all the lessons transcript including the dialogues, as a PDF. Print it out and have some fun speaking in German!

One of the passengers can answer the quiz available on each of our lessons, while another can correct that person. Listening to someone at a more advanced level of German or a better accent is positive and helps you improve.

You can learn German offline
Do you have a poor connection or are unable to use the Internet? It’s not a problem for learning German! Before you start your commute, use our App to download the lessons you want to study and the podcast you want to listen to in your car, and you will be able to enjoy your lessons offline. Entering a tunnel won’t be a problem anymore. What a pleasure to listen to audio content without having the host freezing every 5 seconds!

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You can learn every day at your own pace
One of the best approaches for learning a language is little by little and often. It’s not efficient to take in a huge amount of information at one time. What you need is to study on a regular basis – a little bit of German every day. You commute several days a week, and that is all time you can take advantage of!

You have the freedom to choose the lessons and podcasts you want to focus on, at your own rhythm. You may want to do a little revision or discover how to talk about a new topic. And if you’re wondering what to learn next, you can use the new Learning Paths, which is our customized pathway feature that gives you a step-by-step way to learn German without getting lost!

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If you don’t have a car and commute by another method, these tips are still valid! Learning German is no longer limited to the classroom or your house; there are so many benefits to learning in your car or elsewhere. Reaching a conversational level will take you less time than you could ever have imagined! Don’t forget to sign up for your Free Lifetime Account and enjoy our content!

Top 10 Lines You Need for Introducing Yourself in German

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  • Mein Name ist Anna.
    My name is Anna.

  • Ich komme aus Deutschland.
    I’m from Germany.

  • Ich lebe in Berlin.
    I live in Berlin.

  • Ich lerne seit einem Jahr Deutsch.
    I’ve been learning German for a year.

  • Ich lerne Deutsch auf GermanPod101.com.
    I’m learning German at GermanPod101.com.

  • Hallo, es ist schön, Sie kennenzulernen.
    Hello, it’s nice to meet you.

  • Ich bin 27 Jahre alt.
    I’m 27 years old.

  • Ich bin Lehrer.
    I’m a teacher.

  • Eines meiner Hobbys ist Lesen.
    One of my hobbies is reading.

  • Ich höre gerne Musik.
    I enjoy listening to music.

    Make friends? Want to impress native speakers?
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  • 10 Monthly Goals to become fluent in German

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    Hey German Learner!

    Shortcuts for learning and tips to remember German words are useful but it’s even also important to fix objectives to reach every month! What Is Your Language Learning Goal for the Month?
    In your journey to become fluent and conversational here are 10 monthly goals you can go after!

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    1) I’ll finish Survival Phrases series on GermanPod101.com by listening to two lesson a day.

    2) I’ll give a 3 minute introductory speech in German to my German friends.

    3) I’ll finish reading one German book by reading 10 pages a day.

    4) I’ll pass my German test.

    5) I’ll write 10 postcards in German to my German friends.

    6) I’ll memorize 5 German songs.

    7) I’ll finish memorizing 350 words with Flashcards on GermanPod101.com.

    8 ) I’ll fully understand one German movie by watching it every day.

    9) I’ll learn how to talk about past, present and future events.

    10) I’ll master 150 words by memorizing 5 words a day.

    No money, no credit card required, just you and the ton of lessons!

    If you follow those monthly goals, you will be sure to make some amazing progress. And remember, if you’re really interested in getting on the fast-track to fluency, sign up for a FREE lifetime account at GermanPod101.com!

    How to be a Good Lover in Germany

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    - Ich liebe dich.
    I love you.

    - Du bedeutest mir sehr viel.
    You mean so much to me.

    - Möchtest du mein Valentin sein?
    Will you be my Valentine?

    - Sie sind so schön.
    You’re so beautiful.

    - Du bist mehr als nur ein Freund für mich.
    I think of you as more than a friend.

    - Hundert Herzen wären zu wenige, um all meine Liebe zu dir zu tragen.
    A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

    - Liebe ist nur Liebe. Es kann niemals erklärt werden.
    Love is just love. It can never be explained.

    - Du bist so schön.
    You’re so handsome.

    - Ich bin in dich verknallt.
    I’ve got a crush on you.

    - Du machst mich zu einem besseren Menschen.
    You make me want to be a better man.

    - Lasse deine Handlungen in der Liebe geschehen.
    Let all that you do be done in love.

    - Du bist mein Sonnenschein, meine Liebe.
    You are my sunshine, my love.

    - Worte können meine Liebe zu dir nicht beschreiben.
    Words can’t describe my love for you.

    - Wir waren füreinander bestimmt.
    We were meant to be together.

    - Solltest du - während du diese Zeilen liest - über jemanden nachdenken, bist du auf jeden Fall verliebt.
    If you were thinking about someone while reading this, you’re definitely in love.

    Break up? Want to impress friends? Learn German with our other vocabulary lists!

    Bier

    The picture of the beer drinking Germans is well used abroad. Indeed the cliche of a nation of beer drinkers is based on real facts. With a consumption of more than 110 liters per head Germany holds the second position in Europe. Only Czech people drink more.
    But not only the consumption of beer in Germany is high, but also is the assortment of different kinds. Estimations say there are more than 5000 different beers.


    Of course you won’t find all of them on the shelves in the supermarkets. Many beers come from small breweries which sell their products regional or direct to the customers. Nevertheless there is an impressive assortment in a German drinks cash-and-carry. In addition to regional and national kinds of beer you will find many international ones. Popular brands are for example Miller and Heineken. With this huge number of beers it is not easy to keep track of all of them.


    The most important national kinds are pilsner, wheat beer, lager, dark beer and bock beer. In addition there are regional beers like “Alt” from the Niederrhein, “Kölsch” from Cologne and “Berliner Weiße” from Berlin. Some regional kinds of beer have loyal devotees. In the region between the big cities Düsseldorf and Cologne people are friendly arguing on the topic who enjoys the more tastefull beer. People from Düsseldorf swear by their “Alt”, people from Cologne defend their “Kölsch” emphatically. A special position on the beer market is held by the federal state of Bavaria. More than 50 percent of all German breweries are located here. Nearly every hamlet has its own small brewery.

    Ratingen

     Ratingen is located in immediate proximity to Düsseldorf. With more than 90,000 inhabitants the town is middle-sized. People who like being outside in nature, can explore the woods which surround Ratingen. There are many paths for walkers, bikers and people on horseback. Furthermore the recreation parc “Green Lake” and the open air theatre at the “Blue Lake” are popular destinations.The centre of Ratingen is the townplace with its fountain and the surrounding old houses. Three times a week it is market day. 


    Then it is possible to buy meat, cheese and flowers here. Extremely favored are fresh vegetables and fruits, which are mainly grown on farms in the Ratingen’s environment. In combination with “St. Peter and Paul”, the old church, the marketplace is a nice setting for many city festivals. A special experience is a summer evenig at the market place. If the weather is fine, it is barely possible to get a seat in one of the beer gardens. Nearly every chair is occupied, normally until 11 p.m. No wonder – the atmosphere ist fantastic. 
    It is best, when the sinking sun baths the historical buildings at the market place in a golden light. Ratingen is an old town. A settlement of that name was first mentioned in the 9th century. In 1276 the settlement gained its town charter. Shortly after that the construction of the city wall begun. Until today three towers and some other parts of the fortification survive. 


    On a trip to Ratingen you should not miss it. You will get an extremly good impression of the fortification and its construction at the “Big Tower”. In addition to the city wall you can see parts of the city moat there. Ratingen is located between three freeways. There is no place in the city from where one needs more than 15 minutes to reach a freeway entrance ramp. Furthermore the train connections to Essen and Düsseldorf are good and the airport in Düsseldorf can be reached in just a few minutes. Because of its good travel connections and the proximity to Düsseldorf Ratingen’s economically growth is good. Since local business taxes are less high than in other areas many companys from sunrise industries are moving to Ratingen.

    Is Your Coffee as Strong as Your German Apologies?

    Is Your Coffee as Strong as Your German Apologies?

    One of the most important things to learn about a language, aside from introductions, is how to apologize in case you find yourself in the unfortunate situation that you need to do so.
    In the case of German, the most general word of apology is “Entschuldigung“. This literally means “apology“, and
    it’s used in most situations:

    • when you’ve accidentally done something bad
    • when you want somebody’s attention
    • when you want people to make room

    Keep in mind though, that you should not use it when somebody tells some sad news about themselves, because that is not something you
    should apologize for – unless you had any stake in it.

    If you need something stronger than “Entschuldigung”, use “Es tut mir leid“ (literally translates to ‘ it does me
    harm’ ).
    And you can make it even stronger by adding an adverb before the “ - leid”.
    For example,

    Es tut mir wirklich leid. - I’m really sorry.
    Es tut mir sehr leid. - I’m very sorry.

    And what to do in case that a friend is the one that is apologizing to you? In this case, the words used to accept an apology informally are:
    Es ist (schon) okay. - It’s okay (now).
    Kein Problem. - No problem.

    Happy Holidays and Happy New Year From GermanPod101.com!

    Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from everyone here at GermanPod101.com! We’re grateful to have listeners just like you, and we’re eagerly waiting for the upcoming year to learn German together!

    And when the New Year comes around, be sure to make a resolution to study German with GermanPod101.com!

    Have a healthy and happy holiday season.

    From the GermanPod101.com team!