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micha__
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Re: What brought you here?

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Hello everyone,

I've found the webside of englisch-hilfen some weeks ago. My purpose to join this forum was to improve my english knowledge. I have to read a lot of english documents and tutorials on my job ( working in computer science ). I think I can understand the meanings behind if I read a english document so far but the problem is if I have to become active in english. Means if I write soemthing or need to speak with an english support. Speaking is the biggest problem, cause there is not enough time to search of the right vocabulary on leo.org ;-) In conclusion I think it's my active wordpool where I still have to work with. But that's not all. The correct using of prepositions and ask the correct question form ( Open Question, Subject Question, Question ending with Prepositions ) is very difficult for me (and so on... ). My knowledge based more on "learning by doing" what's not the best way I think. So, what do you think how to (re)start learning english.

Best regards

Michael




britingermany
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Re: What brought you here?

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hi there :)
so your husband is a geordie...i love the geordie accent :jo: do you speak english with a german accent or accent free?? or maybe even geordie-english with a german accent.. :spin: that would be pretty cool..
I live in Lübeck, i guess you've heard of it? I think it's a really nice place (well don't suppose I'd have stayed here so long if I thought otherwise :wink: ) The reason I asked you if you speak english with an accent is because I myself, even tho I've been in germany for 17 years now, still have an english accent when I speak german... I speak good german but there is no way I can do it without sounding english.. LOL!!
anyway, I'll say bye for now..my kids are driving me nuts so I'm off to sort them out..
:out:

Keswick
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Re: What brought you here?

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I speak proper Gerdie... *g*... German Geordie. Well in fact my husband is convinced that my accent does not sound German but French?! :shock: No idea why .. my husband says my accent is far too soft for a German. Ah well.. could be worse, I could sound like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Now that would be a hard accent, wouldn't it? I personally think you'll never completely get rid of your accent and there is nothing bad about that, as far as I am concerned. It makes you unique and I personally love British people speaking German. I think it sounds wonderful! :freu:
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Awesome
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Re: What brought you here?

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What brought you here?

Firstly in order to get some answer for my special questions, but also for improving my English.

At the moment I am spending my time in Canada. I have been here for 2 month and I am gonna be here till end of January. Since I have arrived here I have almost always question about the language. However unfortunately the people cannot anwser my questions sometimes. But I want to speak a really good english and not a easy english as the people here speak.

@Keswick

I saw may corrections of you in English and in German. It is amazing how good you are in both languges above all in German. You do not use German quite often but you can correct it very well. How do you do this?
Hochachtungsvoll / Respectfully,

Awesome

Delfino
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Re: What brought you here?

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Awesome hat geschrieben:What brought you here?

Firstly, I came here in order to get some answers for my special questions but also to improve my English.

At the moment I am spending my time in Canada. I have been here for 2 months and I am going to be here till the end of January.
Since I have arrived here I have often questions about the language. However, unfortunately the people can not anwser my questions sometimes.
But I want to speak really good English and not only easy English as most of the people here speak.

@Keswick

I saw many corrections of you in English and in German. It is amazing how good you are in both languges above all in German.
You do not use German quite often but you can correct it very well. How do you do this?
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Awesome
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Re: What brought you here?

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Thanks for the correction
Delfino hat geschrieben:
Awesome hat geschrieben:What brought you here?

Firstly, I came here in order to get some answers for my special questions, but also to improve my English.

At the moment I am spending my time in Canada. I have been here for 2 months and I am going to be here till the end of January.
Since I have arrived here I often have questions about the language. However, unfortunately the people can not anwser my questions sometimes.
But I want to speak really good English and not only easy English as most of the people here speak.

@Keswick

I saw many corrections of you in English and in German. It is amazing how good you are in both languges above all in German.
You do not use German quite often but you can correct it very well. How do you do this?
Hochachtungsvoll / Respectfully,

Awesome

Keswick
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Re: What brought you here?

Beitrag von Keswick »

Thanks :) . Well the reason for my good German is simple.. I am German ;) .
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britingermany
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Re: What brought you here?

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@ keswick

Gerdie.. lol...I bet it sounds wonderful... :freu:

I think you're right about never completely getting rid of your accent, but as you say... it sort of makes you unique.. From my experiences here in Germany I find it more of a positive thing than a negative one... :jo: it seems that a lot (not all) of Germans are fascinated with the English language (lucky for me..hee hee) When I'm at home with my kids I try to speak English because I think it's a great advantage for them to speak both languages fluently... I say 'try' because with the fact that I've been here so long & speak German 'outside' all the time...at work etc... I find myself speaking mixed sentences at home... it just sort of happens.... lol... so you could say I speak 'Dinglish' (Deutsch-Englisch) My eldest son who is 14 thinks this is hilarious & now speaks 'Dinglish' just for the fun of it.. :lol:

Do you come back & visit Germany often? The last time I was in England was about 3 years ago...

Keswick
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Re: What brought you here?

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@ britingermany:

I mix up my sentences every now and again.. or I struggle with finding a word, reply to my husband in German, whose German is getting better but he still struggeling with understanding it when I speak quickly or in my local dialect. But is he is getting the hang of it ;) .

I try to go to Germany every 2 years. I was in Germany in summer and will go back next year to attend my sister's wedding, in 2010 I will go to celebrate my dad's 60th. So it's not quite every 2 years really ;) .
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smile
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Re: What brought you here?

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Hello

The first thing that brought me here, was to improve my english. I am visiting an english course at the VHS and that brings a lot of fun. But I'm looking for something more. :spin:
I'm very interested in the english every day life. And who would believe it, I'm interested in how to cook english meals. :eat: It would be great to find people who want to share my interests. :talk1:

smile says :bye1:

Delfino
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Re: What brought you here?

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smile hat geschrieben:Hello everyone!

The main thing that brought me here was to improve my English.
I am attending an English course at the adult education center.
That is a lot of fun, but I'm looking for something more than that. :spin:
For instance, I'm very interested in English for every day life.
And who would believe it, I'm interested in how to cook English meals too. :eat:
It would be great to find people who share my interests. :talk1:

smile says :bye1:
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smile
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Re: What brought you here?

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Dear Delfino

Thanks for your help. I know, I'm doing so many mistakes, but I'm very glad that somebody wants to help me. So, thanks a lot.

smile :lol:

Geocacher
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Re: What brought you here?

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Hi everyone,

my name is Tobias and I live near Frankfurt/Main.

I´m student in engineering. Before that, I was in german armee and made an apprenticeship. In this 6 years I had no stimulation to learn english, but now, I have to, because I want to pass the "master" after my Bachelor. Therefor I have to learn.

I started to read "The immortal Nicolas Flamel" a childbook from Michael Scott. It´s the first one of a series of 5 books. I wondered how much I understood, when I started to read. It makes much fun to read and I´m looking forward to read the next one ;-)

I don´t know waht Í am learning, when I read english books but I continue. The next days I want to watch some english movies, like "The last unicorn" or "finding Nemo"

My hobbies are flyfishing and geocaching, cooking and reading.

I would like to talk english but I don´t know with who.

Greetings

Tobias the geocacher

Delfino
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Re: What brought you here?

Beitrag von Delfino »

Hi everyone,

my name is Tobias and I live near Frankfurt/Main.

I'm a student of Engineering. Before that, I was a member of the German army and completed an apprenticeship.
During these last 6 years I had no stimulation to learn English, but now, I have to, because I want to earn a master's degree
after the studies for my bachelor's degree. Therefore I have to learn English.

I started to read "The immortal Nicolas Flamel" a childbook from Michael Scott. It's the first one of a series of 5 books.
I was surprised how much I understood, when I started to read. It a lot of fun to read and
I'm looking forward to reading the next one ;-)

I don't know what Í am learning, when I read English books but I will continue.
In the next days I want to watch some English movies,
like "The Last Unicorn" or "Finding Nemo".

My hobbies are flyfishing and geocaching, cooking and reading.

I would like to talk in English, but I don't know with whom.

Greetings

Tobias the geocacher

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English audio books are much more efficient than movies - no visual information!
Anyhow, you will need to be patient until you see any noticeble results of you efforts.
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Delfino
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Re: What brought you here?

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Delfino hat geschrieben:Hi everyone,

my name is Tobias and I live near Frankfurt/Main.

I'm a student of Engineering. Before that, I was a member of the German army and completed an apprenticeship.
During these last 6 years I had no stimulation to learn English, but now, I have to, because I want to earn a master's degree
after the studies for my bachelor's degree. Therefore I have to learn English.

I started to read "The immortal Nicolas Flamel" a childbook from Michael Scott. It's the first one of a series of 5 books.
I was surprised how much I understood, when I started to read. It a lot of fun to read and
I'm looking forward to reading the next one ;-)

I don't know what Í am learning, when I read English books but I will continue.
In the next days I want to watch some English movies,
like "The Last Unicorn" or "Finding Nemo".

My hobbies are flyfishing and geocaching, cooking and reading.

I would like to talk in English, but I don't know with whom.

Greetings

Tobias the geocacher

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

English audio books are much more efficient than movies - no visual information!
Anyhow, you will need to be patient until you see any noticeble results of you efforts.
...is supplied without liability.
IELTS 7 Good user: operational command, occasional inaccuracies

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