(3) Listen, Listen, Listen




This is the third part of the email course:

1. German Slang
2. The 7 Rules to Fluency (Rule No 3) 
3. Funny Audio Lesson 
4. I would like to ask you a favor


If you want to repeat Rule No 1 and No 2 here are the links: 

>>> Always Study Phrases, Never Only Individual Words

>>> Don’t Study Grammar Rules!


1. German Slang



2. The 7 Rules to Fluency (Rule No 3) 

Rule No 3  


Listen, Listen and Listen!


In these video clips AJ talks about learning English, but the rules are the same if you want to learn German or any other language.  

~ AJ Hoge  

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3. Funny Audio Lesson

Please read this first!

As you have just heard in the video, listening is very important!

You need to listen to easy German that you do understand. That’s why I use easy sentences (at first) in my audio lessons and furthermore, I also translate the sentences into English. That makes it easy for you to understand new words and you don’t need to look them up in a dictionary. This will save you time.

Today, I want to give you the first part of one of my vocabulary lessons (I have 76 audio lessons of this type in my online store, each with a question and answer part) .

If you think – wow, this lesson is far too difficult for me – well, try it anyway.

As a matter of fact, you have all you need to improve your German very quickly (even as a beginner):

1. The English translation (for understanding)
2. The recorded speaker (for pronunciation)
3. The written words (for spelling)

The three things above are very important in order to learn a foreign language effectively.

Trust me – you can’t learn a foreign language only from a text book (grammar book). What you need to do is: listen, listen and listen!

However, just listening to German podcasts or watching movies won’t help. You need to listen to something that you do understand (at least 90% of it!). That’s why I translated all my lessons and stories into English. This makes it easy for you to understand new words and you don’t need to look them up in a dictionary. That will save you time!

If you repeat what you have listened to and actually understand it, your brain will start something really amazing. It will start to save the pronunciation, the word order, the structure and the grammar (up to a certain point) automatically. But only if you understand and repeat what you have listened to.

If you really want to make progress and if you want that the word order, pronunciation and the meaning of the words enter your long term memory, then you need to repeat this lesson many times. Read and listen to the sentences of the vocabulary lesson 10 or even 20 times (advanced students usually need at least 10 times, beginners usually more than 30 times). Have a look at the English translation until you do understand about 80% of the German sentences.

Watch the video and let AJ explain this more vividly :)
And afterwards, you can listen to my lesson. 

If you are not familiar with my method and haven’t practiced with my lessons before, try to do the following:

1 Read the text in German and English.
2 Read silently and listen to my voice at the same time.
3 Read the German version along with me and/or repeat after me
    – do this many times until you feel comfortable

Try to imitate my voice (it puts your mouth through the exercise of saying the words in decent German pronunciation and puts the German right into your head. The more you repeat the more familiar it gets. Repeat this lesson every day for one week.

Tip: Try to imagine the situations in your mind. It will help you to remember the words! If you think this lesson is a little too advanced for you, keep this in mind:

Even the most difficult lesson is easy after some repetitions!


  Click the play button and listen

  German   English
  das Wunder (singular)
/ die Wunder
  the miracle
/ the miracles
  Hallo Mama!
Ich habe gute Nachrichten!
Du hast 100% in deinem Deutschtest?
Ich sagte, ich habe gute Nachrichten
und kein Wunder!

Hi Mom!
I have good news!
You got a 100% on your German test?
I said I have good news,
not a miracle!

  erste   first
  Du weißt, was wunderschön ist – oder?
Lese das erste Wort noch mal.

You know what’s beautiful – right?
Read the first word again.

  der Stalker (singular)
/ die Stalker
  the Stalker
/ the Stalkers

Jemand folgt dir auf Twitter
=> Juhu, ein neuer Follower!
Jemand folgt dir im richtigen Leben
=> Oh mein Gott ein Stalker!


Someone follows you on Twitter
=> Yeah, a new follower!
Someone follows you in real life
=> Oh my God a stalker!

  zweimal   twice

Ich habe mich auf den
ersten Blick verliebt.
Ich hätte zweimal hinschauen sollen.


I fell in love at first sight.
I should have looked twice.

  die Panik   the panic

Dieser Augenblick der Panik,
wenn die Person, die deine Haare
schneidet plötzlich sagt: “Ups“.


That moment of panic
when the person cutting your hair
says, “whoops“.

  übrig   left, left over

Wenn ich 10 Schokoladenkuchen habe und jemand möchte einen haben, wie viele Schokoladenkuchen habe
ich übrig? Das ist richtig => 10.


If I have 10 chocolate cakes
and someone wants to have 1,
how many chocolate cakes do I have left?
That’s right => 10.

  erkennen   realize

Man erkennt nie, was man hat,
bis es weg ist.
Toilettenpapier ist ein gutes Beispiel.


You never realize what
you have till it’s gone.
Toilet paper is a good example!


4. I would like to ask you a favor

I want to help as many people around the world as possible to learn the German language and that’s why I need your help.

Could you help me to spread a poster around the world?
This would be so great :)

I would really appreciate it if you could print it and attach it to the pin boards of your school, university, favorite café and any other suitable location you know.

It would be so great to get visitors from around the world :)

Here is the link to the poster (pdf file):

>>> Open the poster here and then save the pdf file

And here is a thumbnail of the poster (jpg).
You can also save this jpg file by right-click on the mouse button.

Please send me an email and tell me all the places where you have pinned it or shared it. I’m always very exited to know who supports me :)

I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon.


Just to avoid misunderstandings   

The email course is free and will teach you very powerful techniques. However, if you want more learning materials to learn German much faster, I recommend getting additional materials. 

But don’t buy another grammar book! 
Start looking for audio stories in your favorite or nearest book store or check out my online store.

Make sure you get audio stories or better „Listen and Answer Stories“ (like the Schneckenwitz story that you could download in email No 1). Make sure they are translated into English or your native language so that you don’t waste your time to look up every second word in a dictionary. This will increase your vocabulary, your understanding for the word order and of course your pronunciation. Make also sure that they are funny or interesting to you to keep you motivated.

If you want to improve your speaking ability up to a fluent level then make sure the audio stories also have a big question and answer part (they are called Listen and Answer Stories). This technique will force your brain to think in German step by step and this is what you need if you want to learn to speak German fluently. Of course you could also visit my online store and get the audio lessons and audio stories that I created. They have all you need to improve your German in the sense explained above. You can buy them from all over the world and download them instantly.


Rule No 1: 
Always Study Phrases, Never Only Individual Words!

Rule No 2: 
Don’t Study Grammar Rules!

Rule No 3: 
Listen, listen and listen!

Still to come:
Rule No 4, 5, 6 and Rule No 7
All rules are important, but rule No 7 is the most important one.
I’m going to introduce you to a method that will teach you how to think in German and will teach you how to learn to speak German fluently.



Have fun
Lucas Kern