German Proverbs -
a must for the serious student...

6 things you should know about learning proverbs in German...

German Proverb learning is a great way for the beginner & intermediate German language learner to boost their practical language skills. Proverbs and idioms are an important part of real every-day German speech, as they are in any language.

Learning German proverbs and idiomatic expressions not only gives us insights into the minds and 'way-of-thinking' of another culture it is an superb way to consolidate the learning of German vocabulary, because each proverb is a also sentence with nouns, verbs, and sometimes adjectives and adverbs, all used in a real context.

With proverbs lots of verb tenses are also used, meaning that this is great practice for the student of German.

It is most interesting to see how different cultures pass on their pearls of wisdom. Some proverbs are just direct translations, but others put a totally different slant on things.

Often when I read, or hear, a German proverb I have a little chuckle, at being enlightened as to the different angle from which you can view something.

Another great thing about learning proverbs of German is that they are little quips used in everyday Germanlife and in everyday conversation, in German speaking countries.

A native speaker often just has to recite the first part of a proverb, and the other participants in that particular conversation will know the rest of it... without it being spoken.

In this case only a nod, a wink, a laugh, a smile or some other often non-verbal acknowledgment is all that is needed to let the speaker know that you know what she or he meant when s/he gave out the first part of the proverb.

For example, a native English speaker need only say, "Birds of a feather...." and the listeners, if native English speakers will know instinctively the rest of the proverb.... "...flock together."

The ending need not even be said, and indeed is often left unsaid.

Likewise, if someone says, "Penny wise..." the rest of the group will know the proverb's ending.

There is no need to say, "...pound foolish".

There are numerous messages encased in that proverb, so if one is familiar with the proverb one gets the message. If one has not learned that proverb, the meaning goes over your head.

6 Reasons Why you must learn German proverbs

….and so it is with German proverbs.

  1. A German speaker will frequently drop little proverbs and idioms into conversation, so an intermediate or serious learner of German language must start learning German proverbs and idioms, as soon as one has a basic level of vocabulary and grammar.
  2. Not only will you learn these proverbs and idioms, and consolidate your German language learning but you'll be ready for them in conversation and when listening, plus you will be ready for when someone just says the first part of the proverb!!
  3. Proverbs contain all parts of speech to help you consolidate your learning - nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs...
  4. Learning proverbs gives you an insight into the German way of thinking, their mentality.
  5. The more proverbs you learn, the more syntax you see and become familiar with.
  6. So it is imperative that you learn German proverbs, because every day German speech is littered with proverbs and idioms.

How the 101 German Proverbs Courses work with the 200 Words a Day! Learn German courses

The 101 German Proverbs Course is an easy-to-use software package suitable for Windows (and Macs fitted with Virtual PC) and can be used as a stand-alone program, or in conjunction with other 200 Words a Day! Learn German courses, as much of the vocabulary is taken from these courses.

Each proverb leads with the English equivalent, which you will see on your PC screen in text, and which is narrated by an English speaker.

The German equivalent of the proverb follows. Again both in text on your screen and with a native German speaker narrating it.

Simultaneously a picture appears on the program's screen. This picture is the Memory Trigger picture of one of the main German words in the proverb.

So if you have already completed our 200 Words a Day! Learn German Course #1 or Learn German Course #2, you will recognise the word and the picture... and the word's Memory Trigger.

To remind yourself of this word, and see it in print again you can simply click anywhere on the picture itself.This will play the narration of the target word.

The proverbs are thus perfect for reinforcing the German vocabulary you may have learned in the 200 Words a Day! German Courses #1 and #2, and putting that vocab into the context of real language.... or consolidating the vocabulary you have learned from other courses or study that you might have undertaken.

The 101 German Proverbs Course features:

  • 101 commonly used German Proverbs.
  • If you have the 200 Words a Day! German Courses 1 or 2, this course just blends in, and allows you to reinforce your learning.
  • Also perfect as a stand-alone product to learn your German proverbs
  • Compatible with Windows PC's - Windows 95 onwards, Windows 98, 2000, XP, Windows NT etc

• six users
- each family-member learn German Proverbs at their own pace. Each individual's progress is recorded in their very own private database. You can even have family competitions with one another, to see who learns the proverbs the fastest!

• comprehensive self-testing and an optimum revision program
Optimal learning involves a smart re-study schedule. The CD-Rom includes these and prompts you to revise and re-test yourself a day after you complete any lesson, then again at the scientifically researched Optimum Revision Times.

• ongoing scoring system
the inbuilt scoring system keeps you constantly updated on your progress with learning.

• Help function a click away
just right click your PC mouse on the computer screen at any time you need some help. It is easy and convenient.

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