I returned to San Francisco about a week ago and started working on Esperanto again. After my intensive German course I was too busy to work on German much. My job was in English. Since I’m no longer in Austria and will probably not use German much in the future, I’ve switched back to Esperanto. Read more
After 12 hours of German classes* and a few 10-mile walks around Vienna, I think I have come up with a mnemonic system for remembering both the gender and pluralization of German nouns.
I spent a week in my German class before attempting to create a memory town. I wanted to understand the structure of the language a little before starting to memorize things.
For example, one of the difficulties of learning German is that nouns have three genders and about 12 ways to pluralize the nouns. All of that has to be memorized for each word. Read more
Since I’ve just moved to Austria, and I don’t speak any German, the company that I work for is sending me to a German language course in the evenings. It will be
15 12 hours per week in class plus homework. [Edit: I found out that the course is only four days per week, so 12 hours and not 15.] Read more
When I was in Greece last summer I experimented with a technique to learn languages described by Dominic O’Brien in some of his books. Here is how the technique works: