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Old 02-08-2012, 05:21 PM
 
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I have started learning German but after a few months find that it is diffecult to understand a newspaper such as Bild.de. Whereas I can understand Paris Match magazine much easier. I am just reading headlines in both but it seems French is much easier. Or is it just me?
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:34 PM
 
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Just you.

Everyones different.

Personally I find german easier than French. I can't pronounce French to save my life.

Germans fine for me.
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:40 PM
 
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I was learning both at the same time for a little while and I thought they were about even, due to the fact that Germanic and Latin words make up a large portion of the English language.

If you want a difficult language to learn, try Arabic.
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:11 AM
 
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Reading headlines in newspapers is not necessarily the best way to practise a foreign language you have been learning for only a few months. Bild - being a very low-end paper (which many Germans do not consider to be a newspaper at all) - uses many colloquial phrases you would not learn in school.

I am sometimes having difficulties understanding headlines in American newspapers, and I have been learning and using the English language for 40 years...

You should learn the language which you like to learn, and then stick to it.
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:52 PM
 
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Reading headlines in newspapers is not necessarily the best way to practise a foreign language you have been learning for only a few months. Bild - being a very low-end paper (which many Germans do not consider to be a newspaper at all) - uses many colloquial phrases you would not learn in school.

I am sometimes having difficulties understanding headlines in American newspapers, and I have been learning and using the English language for 40 years...

You should learn the language which you like to learn, and then stick to it.
Could you recomment a paper that would be readable for someone starting out? It can't be on the level of Der Spiegel magazine because that would be too far advanced for a beginner.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:00 PM
 
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Could you recomment a paper that would be readable for someone starting out? It can't be on the level of Der Spiegel magazine because that would be too far advanced for a beginner.

You might try news and news videos from Yahoo! and AFP. Many of their stories are written in a very concise and clear style that is easier to understand.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:50 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Everyone is different, but it seems to me that people who find French easy find German difficult and the other way around.

I find German and Slavic languages easier than I do any Romance language, so there might be something to this.
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Old 02-10-2012, 12:24 AM
 
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I found French grammar easier than German grammar.
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:37 PM
 
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as you most probably know german shares the same root as english but french definitely has more words that are exactly the same

they likely are 2 of the easiest language to learn for an english speaker
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:19 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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I have started learning German but after a few months find that it is diffecult to understand a newspaper such as Bild.de. Whereas I can understand Paris Match magazine much easier. I am just reading headlines in both but it seems French is much easier. Or is it just me?
As someone who speaks both, French is easier IMHO.
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