If you want to say good morning in German, you would simply say, “guten Morgen.” As the day wears on, you can go for “guten Abend” (good evening), or “gute Nacht” (good night). Notice that all the nouns are capitalized; it’s something done consistently when writing in German.
You’ll be glad to know that German is often considered one of the easier languages for English speakers to learn. The reason? These two languages are direct linguistic siblings—originating from the same mother tongue. In fact, the hundred most common words in English-speaking countries are of Germanic origin. These are the most-frequently used, basic words in English and German and derive from the exact same roots. Plus, there are a ton of German words we use in English that aren’t simply related, but identical: lager, kindergarten, angst, nickel, sauerkraut, kitsch, and many more.
You’ll learn the language, not just the words, with Rosetta Stone’s immersive approach. What makes it effective is that we prepare you to use your new language in the real world. So it’s not just about the features, but what you’re able to do because of them. You’ll be ready to handle any situation with ease and confidence.
German is the second-most widely spoken language of the European Union, coming just after English in its popularity. This makes sense when you consider that German is an official language of many European countries, including Austria, Belgium, Germany, parts of Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Poland, and Switzerland. Around the world, there are more than 229 million German speakers. This makes German one of the most useful languages to learn for business and travel.
Rosetta Stone encourages beginning language learners to focus on foundational concepts first. Each Rosetta Stone lesson includes practical exercises to get you speaking German with accurate pronunciation. Beginning with learning to say common phrases, you’ll be on your way to developing a true command of the German language. Rosetta Stone will help you to build confidence in speaking German, whether you’re traveling throughout Northern Germany, experiencing city life in Munich and Berlin, or skiing your way across the Alps.
Wherever you may find yourself using German, part of the fun of this language is its unique characteristic of combining several words into one. Where you might use two or three words to describe something in English, in German you will often combine the ideas into one compound word. For example, orange juice in German is Orangensaft. Orangen + Saft = Orangensaft. Also important to note about these compounded German words, the gender of the word which comes last (der, die, das) will be the gender of the new compound word. For instance, “die Orange” is feminine, but “der Saft” is masculine, so the combined word “der Orangensaft” is also masculine.
So at first glance, German does have some challenging and even intimidating vocabulary. In fact, Mark Twain is said to have taken offense to the “clumsy” practice of the German language to create compound, multi-syllable words. For example, take the word Freundschaftsbezeugung, which means “demonstrations of friendship.” Yes, it’s certainly lengthy, but before you’ve had even one German language lesson, you might be able to break it down into understandable parts. You’ll likely notice that the word starts with “Freund” which is a cognate of the English word “friend” and shares the same meaning.
Honing your German pronunciation requires that you get immediate and accurate feedback. This feedback will allow you to make any and all needed corrections to your pronunciation. Then you can practice, so your mouth develops the ability to readily shape the sounds that make up the German language. Rosetta Stone embeds our TruAccent™ speech-recognition engine into each and every German language lesson. It offers immediate feedback to help you match your pronunciation and accent to that of fluent speakers. It was developed by scanning and integrating the speech of native and non-native German speakers and can be extremely useful in helping you learn to understand and be understood in German.
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