Best source for learning a new language?
1 Aug 11
The best way to learn a language is to learn the spoken language first before you learn the written language. This is how a native speaker of the language learn the language. It's difficult for a learner of second language to learn the language in that order. Usually they learn written language first before they learn the spoken language which is not effective. There is actually a method of learning a new language called Pimsleur language learning system which was developed by Paul Pimsleur. It is basically an audio-based language learning system where you hear a spoken language and repeat it over and over again until you are able to speak it and understand it. I find this method to be quite effective of learning the basic conversation of a new language that I want to learn. I think they are actually selling the CDs for German language also.
2 Aug 11
I don't know if this would be applicable for the German language, but here's how I learned my few Japanese words: I kept on watching Japanese movies and anime (I'm an anime lover!), and those come with subtitles, right? As I continued watching these materials, I tend to associate some subtitle words with the spoken language, and eventually I learned basic Japanese! Of course this came with a few researches and readings too. So in your case, downloading and watching German movies with english subtitles might just help you.
• United States
1 Aug 11
I would say the best way to learn any new language is to use Rossetta stone. I LOVE IT. You can sometimes find deals on it or even borrow it. I would go to you local book store and see if they have any sets for you. It is so very worth the cost if you do have to pay for it. Another site you can visit is freecycling.com. YOu may find one in your area that someone does not need anymore. Good luck.