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Learn German online - free online German lessons - German course for Beginners

Learn German online - free online German lessons - German course for Beginners | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
Learn German online for free with the helpful resources of www.deutsch-lernen.com. This website is your number one guide for how to learn German. Between tests, beginner courses and advanced courses, you’ll be sure to find what is right for you.
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Watch: A German robot grills up sausages with ruthless efficiency

Watch: A German robot grills up sausages with ruthless efficiency | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
It's summertime in the northern hemisphere. That means it's time to char pieces of meat on open flames. But it's hot, and there are probably sports to watch, or beer to consume, or other activities that are best enjoyed inside. Wouldn't it be great if there were a robot with a cute little chef'
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Spaghetti Ice Cream (Spaghettieis)

Spaghetti Ice Cream (Spaghettieis) | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
A classic German frozen treat, Spaghetti Ice Cream has been a favourite of children (and adults) for decades. Learn how to make one at home!
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Just right for this weather!

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German Humour: Are You joking? — Literaturhaus Europa

German Humour: Are You joking? — Literaturhaus Europa | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
German humour – are you joking?! We definitely need some humour at this unhappy time in the UK’s European revolution, but surely not German humour?
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Five Tips For Beating Embarrassment When Speaking Another Language

Five Tips For Beating Embarrassment When Speaking Another Language | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
We've all been there: You're up for half an hour of speaking practice in
your target language, and right after you say hello, you notice the first
mistake tumble out. Not good. Now they think you're an idiot, and you've
forgotten the word for "bread" and while you're racking your brain that
pause becomes longer and your cheeks are glowing red. Time for the ground
to open up!

If all that sounds familiar to you, you are not alone. Millions of language
learners experience embarrassment when it comes to speaking practice.
Especially when you're trying out your language in another country, it's
almost impossible to feel prepared.

My personal threshold for embarrassment seems to be pretty high in most
social situations, I have also experienced that crippling sense of looking
truly foolish.

I won't get into that one time on a Russian airplane where the air hostess
shouted incomprehensible things at me, I smiled throughout with lots of
"da, da"...and later found out that they had been debating whether I could
safely fly considering they thought I was pregnant. The shame!

But fear not, I've got some good advice to share with you today.

If you're ready to start saying no to embarrassment when speaking another
language, here are four tips to help you feel better:

1) Prepare Your Speaking Partner

Chances are you are already pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone by
speaking in another language. There is no need to add further discomfort to
your challenge by talking to someone who is unlikely to support you.
Strangers at the ticket counter, crazy air hostesses and even strict
teachers are not the right people to choose for conversation practice when
you are suffering from social anxiety or embarrassment.

Instead, try and hold on to what makes you feel comfortable right now. It
helps to share your worries with your speaking partner before you start
having to speak your target language. If it's a tutor, this will prompt
them to be more patient and hold back on the corrections. If it's a friend,
it can remind them to slow down and let you build your sentences slowly.

This technique of preparing your partner will help both of you feel more at
ease, and ready to tackle this challenge together.

2) Focus On Your Breath

When anxious sensations take hold, your body responds by tensing up,
raising your heartbeat and even causing you to sweat and blush. That's the
last thing you need when you are already worried about the many ways in
which you're about to lose face.

Instead of freaking out about all the words you remember or forget, the
best course of action is a simple calming exercise.

Focus on something that is real and constant, for example your own breath.
Breathe in slowly for 4 seconds, retain your breath for 2 seconds if you
can, and enjoy a long and restorative out breath for 8 seconds. Breathing
exercises may not feel like the right tool for a foreign language panic,
but you'll be surprised at how much language skill returns once that mental
stormcloud is allowed to pass.

For more tips and techniques that help with overcoming stress and anxiety,
try the SAM app on your smartphone. It's a little toolkit of instant
self-help.

3) Build Up Your Filler Vocabulary

Filler sentences are a wonderful tool when you are getting ready for
speaking practice. They're usually uncomplicated, short, easy to remember
and very effective. Think of filler sentences as the extra cushioning that
is built into conversations so each speaker gets some time to relax. In
English, these are lines like "hold on", "let me think for a second" or
"let me think".

As a little treat for the German learners among you, I've collected a bunch
of fillers and stock sentences in the "Make Your German Sound Amazing"
booklet, which you can download for free.

But what should you do if you haven't understood half of what your speaking
partner just said?

You can buy yourself a little time by repeating the last words of their
sentence, stretched out with some "Hm" sounds. This may tide you over until
you can remember how to proceed, for example by asking them to repeat what
they just said. It's perfectly acceptable for you to control some aspects
of the conversation even if you don't know your target language very well
yet.

4) Practice

Even if you follow every single one of the tips above, that feeling of
embarrassment is unlikely to just dissolve into thin air. You may still
feel discomfort in new situations, and it's still embarrassing to make
mistakes. There's no way around this one: At some point, your only way is
forward and right through the bad feelings.

Luckily, there is plenty of reward waiting for you on the other side, as
you realize that your mistakes and awkward pauses did not cause the ground
to open up and swallow you whole.

If you want to push your boundaries and go for speaking practice in a brand
new situation, why not take advantage of your next trip abroad? We've got
plenty of travel language tips on Episode 41 of the podcast.

Even better, put yourself into an immersion experience with other learners,
for example in the Fluent German Retreat led by yours truly. These retreats
aim to create a speaking environment that pushes your boundaries without
embarrassment, helping you to realize how good you actually are.

It's Not Easy, But It's Worth It

These tips are just a few examples of the many small steps you can take to
keep yourself from suffering crippling embarrassment in speaking practice.
Keep yourself reminded that this is not easy, and the fact that you are
even trying is a testament to your bravery.

And I promise you: The rewards of speaking a foreign language are just as
great as you've imagined.

Have You Dealt With Embarrassment and Anxiety About Speaking?

If you've got a story you would like to share, go ahead and share it in the
comments section for this post. I'd love to hear your own tips and
experiences.
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Talking With Your Hands Makes You Learn Things Faster

Talking With Your Hands Makes You Learn Things Faster | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
Speech is physical.
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So go ahead and talk with your hands when speaking German!

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6 Strategies For Free Language Learning On The Move

6 Strategies For Free Language Learning On The Move | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
In this post, you'll learn 6 strategies for free language learning on the move - no need to be tied to a desk, or stay in one place!
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German: the most sought-after language

German: the most sought-after language | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
This is one European language that’s been relatively quite popular in the country. German is more popular than the other languages offered at the university; the department receives two dozen applicat
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Germany's Best Beaches

Germany's Best Beaches | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
While Germans flee their country for Italy, Greece and Spain in summer, there is no need to leave for a beach vacation. Here are 10 beaches you won't believe are in Germany.
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Deutsche Namen verstehen

Deutsche Namen verstehen | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
Wie kann man deutsche Namen verstehen? Die Erklärung hier!
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An explanation about German names

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6 Must Watch German Commercials From June

6 Must Watch German Commercials From June | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
I can recall the days in my high school German class when the teacher would pop in an old VHS tape and hit play on the classroom TV to reveal a sequence of old German TV commercials that he recorde…
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Do You Need a Language Learning Time-Out?

Do You Need a Language Learning Time-Out? | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
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Why hundreds of thousands of people in the UK are turning to a German jobs website as Britain prepares for Brexit

Why hundreds of thousands of people in the UK are turning to a German jobs website as Britain prepares for Brexit | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
A German jobs website has reported hundreds of thousands of UK users flooding its site in the wake of the Brexit vote – to the point that its servers were “on fire” as it received four times more British visitors in June than it did in May. Hessam Lavi, the Berlin-based founder of Jobspotting.com, said the rapid increase in traffic was a clear sign that Britons now feared for their jobs and their futures. 
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Six easy ways to boost your German skills now

Six easy ways to boost your German skills now | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
Ali Butt, a student of German at Oxford University, has spent the last six months in Berlin. He imparts some pearls of wisdom that'll help your language skills soar.
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Breakdance in Lederhosen - Full Show - Das Beste Der Feste | DDC Breakdance

Die Komplette Show "Breakdance in Lederhosen" der DDC von der Tournee "Das Beste Der Feste" mit Florian Silbereisen, DJ Ötzi, MIchelle,…
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Care to join in? Go on, you know you want to ☺

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Languages will become a more valuable resource for UK firms after Brexit

Languages will become a more valuable resource for UK firms after Brexit | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
English has long been considered the lingua franca of business.
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Guest Post: Why Listen to Foreign Music And Radio When Learning A Language?

Guest Post: Why Listen to Foreign Music And Radio When Learning A Language? | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
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Woman fills in crossword at museum only to find out it's artwork worth £67k

Woman fills in crossword at museum only to find out it's artwork worth £67k | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
We've all been there: you're strolling around a museum feeling a little more bored than you'd care to admit, yearning for something to do. Like, say, a crossword puzzle. One such woman did just this, taking a crossword she found lying around a German museum and filling it in - the problem being the crossword was, in fact, a piece of artwork worth £67,000.
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How To Learn a Language When You're Not Good at Language Learning

How To Learn a Language When You're Not Good at Language Learning | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
Learning a language isn't easy. Sometimes it can feel impossible. Luckily, there are ways to make it easier. Here they are!
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Brexit: Jobs in Berlin popular among young Brits - Jobbörse Berlin

Brexit: Jobs in Berlin popular among young Brits - Jobbörse Berlin | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
Since Britain voted to leave the EU, jobs in Berlin have become popular especially among young Brits. Germany could become a new home to many Remain-voters.
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How Much Vocab Do You Actually Need To Speak A Foreign Language?

How Much Vocab Do You Actually Need To Speak A Foreign Language? | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
If your goal in learning is getting to a level of basic holiday-style communication, it’s better to reduce the time spent looking at verb tables and conjugation
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Germany finally changed its rape laws, so victims no longer have to prove they resisted attack

Germany finally changed its rape laws, so victims no longer have to prove they resisted attack | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
After dragging its feet for years, Germany has updated its widely criticized laws on sexual assault. Lawmakers in the lower house of parliament voted unanimously today (July 7) to pass new legislation broadening the definition of rape. Dubbed the “no means no” law by local media, the new law also classifies groping as a sex crime, allow
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No grades, no timetable: Berlin school turns teaching upside down

No grades, no timetable: Berlin school turns teaching upside down | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
Pupils choose their own subjects and motivate themselves, an approach some say should be rolled out across Germany
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This isn't the only school in Germany.A primary school in my hometown works similarly.

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How to get German citizenship (or just stay forever)

How to get German citizenship (or just stay forever) | Angelika's German Magazine | Scoop.it
Don't let the German bureaucracy scare you. We've summarized what you need to know to become an authentic German - or simply to stay in Germany permanently.
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