Learning German and free college.

Due to my obsession with Tokio Hotel, I have been learning German. I have been using Duolingo, Pimsleur, and Rosetta Stone, as well as song lyrics (of course) and watching videos on YouTube.

If you want to learn a new language I highly recommend Duolingo, which is free. They have a website and an app you can use. I recommend using the website for learning new skills and the app for practice. You can use just the app (or just the website) but the website has more detailed information to help you learn that the app doesn’t have. Duolingo has gamified the learning process which makes it fun and helps you to stay motivated. Duolingo has really helped with my reading comprehension. Pimsleur, which is all audio based, has helped with my listening and speaking skills. I haven’t used Rosetta Stone enough to have formed an opinion on it (I have only spent about 5 hours on RS so far) but I can say Rosetta Stone doesn’t really have anything going to keep you motivated to do it. I would say start off with Duolingo and add Pimsleur after you have learned a bit of the vocabulary. Pimsleur recommends you use their software without knowing how to read anything in the language you are trying to learn but for the way I learn I’m happy my reading comprehension was pretty good, at least for the basic vocabulary, before I started Pimsleur. I plan on doing a review comparing all three of these when I finish them. Pimsleur and Rosetta Stone let you try out their software on their websites to see if you like it before you buy it and Duolingo is completely free to use.

Now on to free college. Germany now offers free college to everyone, including international students. And there are some degrees taught completely in English. Check out these videos.

The video below is by one of the YouTubers I watch to help me learn German. The video is in English.

And here is the link he talks about for looking up classes in English. DAAD

Here is another YouTuber I like for learning German. In the next two videos she describes how to make some of the sounds that the German language has that English doesn’t. I’m still working on my pronunciation for the R sounds.

-Amber

Tokio Hotel and the cutest dog ever.

I posted another blog about Tokio Hotel here. Check it out.

My list of liked videos on YouTube is getting ridiculously long so I need to post a few of my favorites here before they get too hard to find again.

Here is the making of their latest video “Feel It All” followed by the video.

Here is the making of the “Love Who Loves You Back” video followed by the video.

Here is their video for “Run, Run, Run”. If you think it sounds familiar Kelly Clarkson did a version of it on her latest album.

Here is “Totgeliebt” from their DVD Zimmer 483 Live in Europe.

Here is their video for “Mädchen Aus Dem All”. The song is from 2003 (Bill’s voice hadn’t changed yet) but contains footage up through 2010.

Here is one of Tokio Hotel’s first interviews from 2003. They were called Devilish back then.

There are more videos. Just click the continue reading link below.

Continue reading Tokio Hotel and the cutest dog ever.

Avocado Mac and Cheese.

I found this link on my friend Jenn’s Facebook page. It sounds awesome so I am posting it here.

Avocado Mac and Cheese

I realize my blog is quickly becoming a place for me to categorize all the things I like so I can easily find them again and I’m ok with that. :-) I hope others enjoy my blog as well but really I’m doing it because I’m enjoying it. And it really does make finding things again much easier.

-Amber

Rod Stewart & A$AP Rocky Carpool Karaoke & James Corden on Michael McIntyre Chat Show

This amused me more than I would have thought and reminded me that I like Rod Stewart.

After searching YouTube for James Corden I found this video of him on the Michael McIntyre Chat Show. This had me laughing so hard I was crying and my face hurt. I love the BBC. It’s 27 minutes long but totally worth watching. Hysterical. The responses to the ‘Phone Swap’/’Send to All’ texts had me dying. Or more to the point I should say their reactions to when people started responding to the texts had me dying. Michael McIntyre’s facial expressions were priceless. Be sure to watch it till the end. I hope you enjoy.

-Amber