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Lesson 12 - Repetition  

Todays German lesson is all about repetition. We will go through all that we have (hopefully) learned by now...


Luzern, 21.01.2012
Stephan WiesnerUse this free podcast to learn to speak German. http://german-podcast.blogspot.com

Interested in an iPhone App?  

Hi everybody, as you might know there is an Android app containing the new lessons, a vocabulary trainer, different interactive quizs, etc.
Over the last weeks I got quite a few mails asking me for an iPhone version. As you can see however I am one of the last (one might think) PC users out there and iPhone apps can only be developed on a Mac. And you all know what those silver beautys cost.
So, here is the deal: If enough of you want an iPhone version, buy me a mac. Seriously, there is a donate button on the blog. Donate what ever you want and if we collect enough money for a nice Mac (remember Paypal takes its toll) I will take two weeks of holiday, learn how to program on an iPhone and develop an iPhone application. It will contain all the lessons available at that moment for free (no promise for future lessons) and of course my vocabulary trainer and the verb trainer from the Android app.
Deal?
If we do not get enough money, say by mid Februar I will donate half the money connected to a charity trust (and publish the receipt here of course). Fair enough?


Lucerne, 20.01.2011
Stephan WiesnerUse this free podcast to learn to speak German. http://german-podcast.blogspot.com

Lesson 11 - Die Zukunft  

Lesson 11 - Die ZukunftThe year is ending so this is a great time to learn about the future tense - about "die Zukunft". In German to say that you will do something you just need to use the correct form of the verb "werden" and ad the verb you want to use in its basic form.
So, to say that you will read a book you just say "ich werde ein Buch lesen".
ich werde
du wirst
sie wird
wir werden
ihr werdet
sie werden

Try to saywe will read a bookwe will take the busyou (sing) will go shoppingthey will be latehe will learn German 











wir werden ein Buch lesenwir werden den Bus nehmendu wirst einkaufen gehensie werden spät seiner wird Deutsch lernen
Luzern, 27.12.2011
Stephan WiesnerUse this free podcast to learn to speak German. http://german-podcast.blogspot.com

Lesson 09 - Verb Drills  

In todays German Lesson I introduce the verb drill program included in the Android app. Give it a try and let me know if it works for you . . .
Here are the verbs from todays lesson:
lese,liest,liest,lesen,lest,lesen
will,willst,will,wollen,wollt,wollen
gehe,gehst,geht,gehen,gehen,geht
habe,hast,hat,haben,habt,haben
bin,bist,ist,sind,seid,sind
nehme,nimmst,nimmt,nehmen,nehmt,nehmen
fahre,fährst,fährt,fahren,fahrt,fahren
spreche,sprichst,spricht,sprechen,sprecht,sprechen
muss,musst,muss,müssen,müsst,müssen   Luzern, 22.12.2011 Stephan Wiesner Use this free podcast to learn to speak German. http://german-podcast.blogspot.com

Lesson 08 - Lebensmittel  

This is a recycled lesson from the podcast about food related words and there is a PDF file with most of the words. 



Use this free podcast to learn to speak German. http://german-podcast.blogspot.com

006 - German-Podcast.de:  

Lesson 06 - Wochentage und MonateMonday Montag
Tuesday Dienstag
Wednesday Mittwoch
Thursday Donnerstag
Friday Freitag
Saturday Samstag
Sunday Sonntag



January Januar
February Februar
March März
April April
May Mai
June Juni
July Juli
August August
September September
October Oktober
November November
December DezemberUse this free podcast to learn to speak German. http://german-podcast.blogspot.com

004 - German-Podcast.de: Geld und Zahlen  

German Lesson 04 - Geld und Zahlen  moneydas GeldEURder EuroCHder Frankenhow much is the book?Wieviel kostet das Buch?Some number exercises





Luzern, 17.12.2011
Stephan WiesnerUse this free podcast to learn to speak German. http://german-podcast.blogspot.com

003 - German-Podcast.de: Kaffee bestellen  

In todays German lesson we will learn how to order einen Kaffee oder einen Tee.

By the way, the audio file from lesson 002 was missing. I updated the link. If you don't find it in your Podcast program, come over to the blog at:
http://german-podcast.blogspot.com/
Sorry for the inconvenience :-(


milkdie Milchcoffeeder Kaffeeteader Teeto drinktrinkenpleasebittein two hoursin zwei Stunden


Luzern, 11.12.2011
Stephan WiesnerUse this free podcast to learn to speak German. http://german-podcast.blogspot.com

002 - German-Podcast.de: Ich, Du, Er  

German Lesson 2 from the Android app. This is actually based on an old session.

I, you, he/she/it, we, you, theyich, du, er/sie/es, wir, ihr, siemy name ismein Name istwhat is your name (informal)?wie heisst du?what is your name (formal)wie heissen sie?thanksdankeYou can find more about this at this podcast lesson (PDF): http://german-podcast.blogspot.com/2007/12/055-learn-to-speak-german-sich.htmlUse this free podcast to learn to speak German. http://german-podcast.blogspot.com

001 - German-Podcast.de: Introductions  

The first German lesson starts with basic introductions.
If you have an Android phone you might want to try the Learn German Podcast App. It contains a vocabulary trainer with all the words and the audio files. . .

Luzern, 9.12.2011
Stephan Wiesner



I amich binmy name ismein Name isthellohallogood morningGuten Morgengood dayGuten Taggood eveningGuten Abendeveningder Abendthe computer scientistder Informatikerthe bakerder Bäckergoodbyeauf WiedersehenUse this free podcast to learn to speak German. http://german-podcast.blogspot.com

The Android App (BETA)  

I just released a beta version of the learn German Android App. Take a look at it, give me feedback and I will try to get it final in the christmas holidays at the latest.
You can find a list of my Android Apps here:

https://market.android.com/developer?pub=Stephan+Wiesner




Introduction
The GermanPodcast.de app provides a German teaching course. It is based on the popular GermanPodcast I maintained for some years (and have discontinued for the moment).
The lessons contain an audio file, some vocabulary and a review session. They build on each other, so you might want to start in the beginning. The new vocabulary can be imported into VociTeach, the vocabulary learn program included in the app.
The app is currently in BETA status, check for updates in November/Dezember 2011


The Lessons
You can obtain a list of all available lessons from the lessons menu. Just press "more lessons" and the app connects to my server and looks for new lessons. These are not downloaded automatically! Just open any lesson you want to learn and the app starts to download the lessons to your SD card.
If you go through the review of the lesson, you can add the contained vocabulary to your personal stack.

The data for the lessons is stored on your SD card. You can use the mp3 files with any mp3 player - and delete them if you need the space. If you just delete the mp3 file, the vocabulary is still displayed in the lesson screen. If you want to download the complete lesson again you need to delete the folder of the lesson (e.g. "lesson03") and reopen that lesson.


The Quiz The quiz asks you for random vocis from your personal stack. You get 1 point for every correct answer and -2 for every wrong one. Your personal highscore is recorded for each session, so make an effort...



VociTeach VociTeach is the vocabulary learning program included in the app. It is based on the Leitner System.
In this method words are sorted into levels according to how well you know each one. This is how it works: you try to recall the answer to the question asked. If you succeed, you send the card to the next level. But if you fail, you send it back to the first level. Each succeeding level has a longer period of time before you are required to revisit the word.
You can solve the question (but this results in the word moving back to level 1!) or get a hint (first letters of the answer). If you press "Next" you will be asked if you knew the correct answer. Be honest, the sytem only works if you are honest with yourself...
The beauty of the Leitner system is that you can achieva maximum recall with minimum effort! After all the hard part of learning vocis is not the learning, its the remembering over a long period of time...


Errors, Feedback, FeaturesIf you find errors in the app itself or the vocabulary, please drop me an email and I will try to fix it. Please don't write it into recessions in the Android market. I can not answer those, I might not even read them and they are sure to be outdated after I fix it. So, be fair, let me know personally, ok?
The same goes for feedback or feature wishes. I will include a FAQ section in this help file in the future - but you need to contact me to fill that first :-)
Planned Features
Add/Edit vocisCustomize the intervals of levelsRandom function in VociTeachStore name for highscoreLayout of list of all vocis could be . . . optimizedAnd, of course, add mor lessons .-)
Luzern, 18.11.2011
Stephan WiesnerUse this free podcast to learn to speak German. http://german-podcast.blogspot.com

113 - Learn to speak German - Vocabulary and the Android Quiz App  


Todays German lession contains 25 words to improve your German vocabulary.And I present you my first app for Android. A little quiz that you can use to check the words presented today.If you own an Android smartphone: go to market and search for Learn German quiz and you should be able to download it. Let me know if it works for you (or if it does not!) and what you think of it.The picture shows the famous Matterhorn in Switzerland. I took the picture at dawn when we climbed Mt. Alphubel in the summer of 2010.
Happy learning,Stephan Lucerne, 5.12.2010

Use this free podcast to learn to speak German. http://german-podcast.blogspot.com

112 - Learn to speak German - Do you own a smartphone?  

Winter has come to Switzerland. Snow and ice (and closed airports) and long evenings at home. So this is a good time to start some new projects. I am currently thinking about resuming the podcast and I would like to write some small helper applications for smartphones. Word trainer, small vocabulary games and the like.So, if you own a smartphone, let me know which one. Please fill in the poll on the podcast homepage athttp://german-podcast.blogspot.com/
Weisse Grüsse aus Luzern,StephanUse this free podcast to learn to speak German. http://german-podcast.blogspot.com

110 - Learn to speak German - Reisebericht Chile und Ojos del Salado  

Ich bin zurück aus Chile und erzähle euch in der heutigen Folge, wie es uns in Chile ergangen ist und vor allem natürlich, wie wir den Ojos del Salado, den höchsten Vulkan der Welt, erlebt haben.Ein schriftlicher Reisebericht vom Ojos del Salado kann hier nachgelesen werden:http://testmanager.info/writes/Ojos%20del%20Salado.pdf

Ein Lama vor dem Vulkan Parinacotta


Farbige Berge im Lauca Nationalpark (hier bei knapp 5000m)

Im Altiplano braucht es Spanischkenntnisse, um auch mal nach dem Weg zu fragen...

Die Laguna Miscanti und Laguna Minique, zwei blaue Augen mitten im Nichts. Wir sind auf den Vulkan Minique gestiegen (es braucht ein Permit).


Das Basislager am Ojos del Salado (im Hintergrund). Unser Zelt ist das rechte grüne...

Fischer am Strand des Pazifiks im Nationalpark Pan de Azucar

Hektisches Treiben in Lima


06.02.2010 Luzern,Stephan WiesnerUse this free podcast to learn to speak German. http://german-podcast.blogspot.com

109 - Learn to speak German - Farben - Colors  

In todays lesson of German-Podcast.de, the christmas lesson, I will teach you some colorfull words.

red bluegreenyellowblackwhitebrownorangegreygoldsilver

.........................rotblaugrüngelbschwarzweissbraunorangegraugoldsilber




Luzern, 25.12.2009Stephan WiesnerUse this free podcast to learn to speak German. http://german-podcast.blogspot.com

106 - Learn to Speak German - Am Lagerfeuer  

In this lesson of German-Podcast.de I present you a short video taken in the Swiss Alps last weekend. I went camping with my girlfriend as part of our training for our trip to Chile in January.









As you can imagine, the hot "Abendbrot" tasted wonderful :-)





Bern, 30.11.2009


Stephan WiesnerUse this free podcast to learn to speak German. http://german-podcast.blogspot.com

105 - Learn to Speak German - Chapter 4  

Todays German podcast lesson continues with the book. I read from chapter 4.
Sorry for not posting for three weeks. I had a ton of work to do at the office, got a cold and started planing my trip to Chile/Peru in January.
Next week I will go on a business trip to Wien ( Vienna ), so here is a picture of the most famous thing Wien has to offer:
:-)
Lucerne, 12.11.2009
Stephan Wiesner

Use this free podcast to learn to speak German. http://german-podcast.blogspot.com

104 - Learn to Speak German - Urlaub in Südfrankreich  

I am back from my holiday in the south of France and will tell you a little bit about what I have seen and done there in todays Podcast.

Die Madonna in Le Puy in der Auvergne
There is even a video of the town:



Ein Blick auf den einsamen Leuchtturm am Mittelmeer Strand nahe Montpellier.
Stephan Wiesner auf dem Le Pont du Gard et l'Aqueduc de Nîmes.
Eine der typischen Kühe der Auvergne

Ein Blick in den Käse-Keller in Roquefort
Unsere herrliche Unterkunft in der Morgensonne.

Das Amphitheather in Nimes.
Ein Blick nach aussen vom Papspalast in Avignon.

Luzern, 25.10.2010
Stephan WiesnerUse this free podcast to learn to speak German. http://german-podcast.blogspot.com

102 - Learn to Speak German - Grammar Possessivpronomen  
Todays German lesson covers some grammar: Die Possessivpronomen.

What are Possessivpronomen?
Die deutschen Possesivpronomen geben ein Besitzverhältnis oder eine Beziehung an. Es sind:


Vokabeln:
das Haus – the house
die Katze – the cat

Bonus question: Can you guess what flag is displayed on todays picture?


mein Haus
meine Katze

dein Haus
deine Katze

sein Haus
seine Katze
ihr Haus
ihre Katze

unser Haus
unsere Katze

euer Haus
eure Katze

The neutral sex uses the same Possessivpronomen as the male sex (mein Haus (das Haus), mein Mann, but meine Frau).
The 3rd person singular has different forms, depending on whether we are talking about a male or female person.
The Possessivpronomen can replace nouns as well:
Wem gehört der Stift?
Das ist mein Stift ? Das ist meiner.
Wem gehört die Katze?
Das ist meine Katze ? Das ist meine.
Wem gehört das Haus?
Das ist mein Haus ? Das ist meins.
Wem gehören die Katzen?
Das sind meine Katzen ? Das sind meine.

Download the Flashcards with the vocabulary of todays lesson.

Luzern, 04.10.2009
Stephan WiesnerUse this free podcast to learn to speak German. http://german-podcast.blogspot.com
101 - Learn to Speak German- Chapter 1  
In todays German lesson I read an excerpt from the book "Welcome to Switzerland", provide you with a number of new flashcards with German vocabulary and tell you how beautiful the autumn in Switzerland is (wie schön der Herbst in der Schweiz ist) . . .
The next lesson is already in the making and it will teach you all you need to know about Possesivpronomen (mein Haus, meine Katze, etc.) . . .






Die Bilder sind vom Flughafen Zürich . I sometimes change train there on my way to work. That always makes me want to go on a looong holiday again .-)

Lucerne, 29.09.2009
Stephan Wiesner



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