Experiencing German in the Real World
Learning German can be a daunting task, but sometimes it's a good idea to just dive in and experience the language outside of the traditional academic settings. So I'd like to list here a few websites where the German isn't so intimidating.
Neon.de is a great website where one can even sign up and post their own blogs in German about life, love, science, education, music and movies. The sky's the limit! Here you'll find posts from Germans ranging from teenagers to businessmen sharing their thoughts and ideas from their own life experiences. Give it a look! The language is natural and you'll often find new words and colloquial phrases used in all sorts of contexts. The content is uncensored, so don't be surprised to stumble upon posts which might offend. The most important thing is to experience the language in a natural setting and communicate with a nation-wide audience. Germans love those who seek to learn their language and they'll often be sneaky and try their best to speak in English themselves, but don't let them! Let your knowledge of German and English be an interface to develop your own skills and form meaningful bonds with a limitless supply of pen-pals!
DW.de is a fantastic resource for diving into current events with German politics, cultural events and national news. It's mainly in English but underneath its English facade is a world of German pages reaching out to educate and inform both Germans and the rest of the world on Germany's most important events. It also features resources for learning German and a wonderfully silly but fun Telenovela for intermediate learners: Jojo sucht das Glück! (Jojo looks for Luck!) http://www.dw.de/deutsch-lernen/jojo-staffel-1/s-31564.
If you find yourself in need of more resources for learning or reading German, please feel free to contact me and we'll make it happen!
Bis das nächste Mal, herzliche Grüsse wünsche ich Ihnen/Euch!