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Hi All,

I am starting this thread to share my experiences in learning the German language and preparation strategies I adopted.

Quote:An interesting article by younggermany website

It’s a pressing question for anyone interested in working in Germany: Do I need to know German?

Quote:Before you begin to learn the language read the following article on Quora which gives the best methodology for learning a language

What is the best method to learn a new language fluently?

First of all I wanted to list the Universities which ask for certain level of knowledge in the language. I am listing for Mechanical courses. These are the details I collected from the course website & from edulix. Please let me if I need to correct anywhere.Rolling Eyes

FH Aachen Automotive Engg - B1 during admission
Esslingen UAS DDM - A1 during admission, A2 compulsory at 3rd sem or expulsion from prog.

TU Kaiserslautern CVT - A2 during admission, if no German qualification is available with you then you should reach there 2 months before the starting of the course in august and attend the language course.

Comp. Mechanics:

TU Braunschweig - A1 during admission
Duisberg Essen - B1 level during admission according to their admission brochure.

My Experience:
I've started preparing from August (decided to give the exam in Dec.). since I'm working, I ve attended the classes at the residence of my teacher. The teacher is from Germany and a German native. So the quality of teaching was very high, but very expensive Rs.400 per hour.
I've completed in app. 45 classes, each class of 1.30 hrs.

The only book i used was Studio d - A1 and the exam practice book for the A1 level. I've practiced with this book for four days before the exam.

Since this is a complex language(this is what i felt,may be it would get easier as i get used to it) you really need a good teacher. If you are not working the best option would be joining in a Goethe institut, their quality of teaching is very good and the teacher are proficient in the language.
Goethe Instituts may be expensive but worth for the money we spend.
I think the others institutes are not good as GIs. Their guidance for passing the exam is also not complete and you may not get the complete awareness of the things that would come in the exam.

Vocabulary : you need to mug-up all the words you come across in the studio d book for the level you appear for to get a 90+. Actually i forget the meaning of the word umziehen during my writing section in my exam but eventually remembered.

Grammar: you need to practice well to get used to the grammar, since the language has three articles, four cases (nominative, akkusative, dative & one more (dont remember i didnt study in A1)

Speaking : you should practice with your teacher or partner before the exam. A1 only has basic Q & A, of only one sentence. I dont know about the higher levels.

Exam: A1 exam comprises of four sections Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking (as like TOEFL/IELTS).

Hearing was little tricky, you may get used to the accent by practicing with the audios present in the CD which comes with the practice book.

My points in each section are as follows.

Horen (Listening) - 13
Lesen (Reading) - 13
Schreiben (Writing) - 10
Sprechen (Speaking) - 11

Total marks 78 (more than satisfactory grade), I think each point has 1.6 marks. I would have got a Good grade (80 marks needed), if had received one more point in any of the 4 section....Brick wall.

These are the various web links I have got for various purposes, but I didnt use any of these because i had time only to concentrate on the syllabus given in the Studio d book.

http://www.babbel.com/learn-german-online
http://www.livemocha.com/learn-german
http://duolingo.com/ (this was highly recommended by my friend, but I didnt useCool)
http://iflac.net/deutsch-german/
http://www.warez-bb.org/
http://www.freelancer.com/
http://www.inawordlanguages.com/
http://www.dict.cc/
http://german.speak7.com/index.html

All Text books and Exam preparation books shall be found here

http://www.goyalpublisher.com/index.php?...9&Itemid=4

I hope this would thread would help others who yet starting with their language courses. Please add your valuable points & experiences.

I've started with my A2 as well. During my preparations for A1 I was searching for the guidance from Edulix, but couldn't find any exclusive thread for the German language exams- searched through edugoogle(please let me know if the forum has one such thread:rollSmile

Seniors please share your experiences, strategies and any other relevant inputs which would prove very helpful for this year's as well future aspirants who wanna do their studies in Germany.

Vielen Danke...Smile

Quote:Other Important threads on German Learning are

Learning German - Resources Index

Learning German - Von A1 bis C1 - Meine Erfahrungen und Vorschläge

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new-Albert Einstein

All you need to know about studying Masters in Germany | German University specific threads with List of Seniors

Infobank Tutorial

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I think you seniors can throw some light on this subject.

Thank you in advance...

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Kudos scofield1144!
Great thread Smile
I was thinking that we were requiring such thread since a long time

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scofield1144 Great thread!! Applause Applause
You know more German than me now Shocked Well, that's because I was lazy to take German in India Very Happy Very Happy

Anyway, Rs 400/hr is not expensive especially when it comes to German and that too personal training. Ofcourse if you are trying to teach English in Germany you could demand the equivalent(according to the cost of living).

Goethe Institute is good, also if you want to get a girlfriend Wink Laughing

DAAD Website. Period.
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please, can you guys share your experiences...?

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nimbus_2000, das_german - can you please tag some more people who can share their experiences? I'm tagging the people with their posts in various threads I have read & from their information in infobank.

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Applause

thnks Scofield 1144 for the links that you have mentioned in this thread. Hope people like me who are beginners may find it very useful.

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Please write your experience & preparation strategies.

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Some info about time lines required for completing different levels in German is given in this post

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Hey scofield1144,

Great work hereApplause....I too did my A1 and in Goethe, Bangalore. As you correctly put it, their way of teaching and involvement, I personally went into a flashback of school days.
Excellent faculty and very friendly and group based teaching, but they make sure we learn, for that the teachers only speak in german from day 1.
And I too scored a 78% in A1 and the horen was the difficult part, but in the end all went well.
Duolingo app for android was awesome and the 4 practice papers from Goethe 4 days before the test was very helpful.
Also, http://www.telc.net/en/ gives 1 sample question paper in each level with the audio, which is similar to the actual one and helpful.

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Thanks for sharing ur experince. I will use the link u provided. The android app dict.cc is very much helpful, I downloaded it couple of weeks back, it has all words with articles and its from dict.cc GmBH.

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Hello,

I want to come to Germany to learn German language (from A2 till B2). I contact one institute but they said visa denail is high specially for Indian students.

I want to learn German for 6-8 months. Do I still need to show 8000 euros in account?

I am dentist and I want to work as dentist after b2. I know requirements for dentist.

Please help me for language enrollment info in Germany. Thank you.
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Tagging nimbus_2000,SridharAshokk,billa

can you please answer the above query?

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I don't know whether this is accurate or not. So you need to confirm with the embassy.
The German consulates in India only issue Visa for 3 months. So most of the DAAD scholars who come here for internships do not have to apply for residence permit. But if your stay is more than 3 months (in your case 8 months), you would have to apply for residence permit in the Amt of your destination city. To grant this permit, you require to show them that you have funds to sustain yourself during this study period. They estimate it to be around 670 Euros per month. So you would have to show a blocked amount of 8*670= 5360 Euros. Again , I am just guessing this. In your case, it is better you drop a mail to the consulate or call them up and ask about this.

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Thanks @scofield1144 for taggs,

@Nimbus_2000, ya that's my big concern, I called at embassy but got very cold reply. Even they were not sure how much funds I will need to show in account. I am aware about first three months visa but I should get approved for visa first.

Thanks guys but please reply
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