Learn 5000 German phrases with this app

Two years ago I wrote a blog post about a new smartphone app that helps you learn German vocabulary. Read here how to learn 6000 German words with this app. Now they have added another app, this time with 5000 German phrases. I downloaded it and tried it out, and I like it. This app, like the first one, is also free, although you have the option to pay to have the ads removed.

At the time of writing it hasn’t got all 5000 phrases yet, nor the 4 levels. I was only able to explore the 500 words at beginners level. So, anybody advanced might find it boring until it has all the levels.
Ultimately there will be four levels, beginners, intermediate, advanced and expert. Once they are all there, you also have the option to pay to unlock all levels, if you don’t want to start at the beginners’ level.

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The app claims to have native speakers and 11 unique games. So far the speakers all sound good.  All games revise the same phrases so that at the end you would know them. I particularly like the  ‘Find the mistake’ where you have a sentence with a word that doesn’t fit. Once you’ve found it and clicked on it, you get several words to chose the correct one.

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You can also search phrases and review them again. Also, if your native language isn’t German, you can change the native language to one of the following:  Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, English, European Portuguese, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese and possibly more. That should help with your German learning.

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This looks like a great way to practice some phrases rather than just words, so even as an advanced learner you might still like to have a go at the phrases aimed at beginners, especially the mistake finding or translation exercises.

I can’t see this app teaching you German, but it looks like a good app for anybody who is looking for additional resources for practising some extra German.

Best of all is … you don’t need internet access, which makes this a great resource for spending a little time learning German wherever you are: waiting for the bus, on the train, or in any of those remote places where internet signals haven’t found their way yet.

You can find the app on Google Play or iTunes. Have a play and tell me what you think.

 

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6 Responses to Learn 5000 German phrases with this app

  1. David says:

    Hello!
    Is there an App for idioms (?) like “to be barking up the wrong tree”* too?
    I like “Redewendungen” in German, but I often got a luaghter when I tried to use them with my english friends.

    *Well, may I? I know what “to bark *at*” means, but “to bark up”? Or does it mean to bark | up the wrong tree? You see … I don’t get it.

    • That would be a cool idea!
      The problem with idioms is that they are rarely translatable literally. I often wonder where some of those wonderful sentences come from, and often there isn’t a similar idiom in German (or vice versa). For ‘barking up the wrong tree’ the Germans would say ‘auf dem Holzweg sein’ which sounds just as strange.

  2. David says:

    Yes, wouldn’t it?
    But watch out: you can easily get on the woodway. Then we have the salad.
    😉
    I hope to pay your blog a visit every once in a while.

  3. diana says:

    Nice app for 30 seconds, then pop ups to other sites. Looks like a good idea but I will NOT follow or use an app that has advertisements all of the time.

    • Sorry to hear that, Diana,
      I haven’t had any problems with the ads, they have not been a problem for me, and I always think if i use somebody’s offering for free then a few ads don’t bother me.
      I know you can pay to have the ads removed. It costs £3.99 which isn’t a lot to pay for a good product. Sorry, you are disappointed with it.

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