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7/30/18 9:46 A

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We are actually planning on hitting France, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany. The France and Belgium portion will be tourist areas (some WW2 and WW1 sites) but Switzerland and Germany is more off the beaten path. So we figured it was more important to learn German rather than French.



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7/29/18 5:26 P



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I have used Rosetta Stone. If you're good at learning languages, it's a decent program. I do think it's overpriced though. There are cheaper alternatives. I suggest going to your local library and seeing what programs they have. Your local library has this sort of stuff. Why buy when you can borrow.

When I went to Greece, I did learn some basic Greek. But I didn't use Rosetta Stone, I used YOUTUBE. there are tons of videos on YOUTUBE on how to learn some basic phrases in any language.

I've found if you can speak a few phrases like good morning, how are you, could you help me, etc in the language of the country you're in, you're treated better than if you asked in English. Most Europeans are multilingual. So, if you are hitting the tourist spots in Germany, you'll be able to find someone who speaks English if you get lost or are looking for something.

You are treated a lot better in any country if you can speak a few words of the language. Doesn't have to be perfect. They appreciate that you took the effort to try.

I also had friends who are frequent travelers who recommended duolingo. I used google translate. but either will work off line if you wont have cell service overseas.

How long are you going to Germany ? Are you hitting the tourist areas or going a little off the beaten track ?







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7/29/18 4:21 P

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"For the cost of these..."
Duolingo is free, and you save the time and gas from going to the library!

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7/29/18 3:41 P

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You might want to supplement your learning with watching free German language tv.
www.dank.org/tv/

I've been watching Korean Television for so long, I understand the dialogue without the subtitles.

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7/29/18 2:42 P

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For the cost of these I prefer to go to the library and get learning on tapes instead.Cheaper and just as good.

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7/29/18 1:49 P

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I have no personal knowledge, but friends and family prefer Duolingo.

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7/29/18 11:25 A

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I just bought the online version of Rosetta Stone so I could learn German before we go to Europe next summer. Has anyone had good luck or bad luck with this program? I am still on the trial version so I am not beyond the point of no return.



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