In my pursuit to learn German I have began ‘Operation Learn German’. Armed with blue, pink and yellow cards, I have “decorated” my place with cards starting the article, noun and plural of nearly everything in my apartment. My poor kitchen has suffered the brunt of it.
There are still a few items around the house that I have no idea of their German names, like the mirror, the couch and the radiator. Then there are items where I do know the German names like kissen und federbett but have no idea if they are masculine, feminine or neutral and what their plural is (guess that kissen would be the same and federbett would become federbetten, but don’t know for sure).
I’m also using my love of NCIS to help with my German. I have seasons 1-6 on DVD and they have German audio and subtitles. So I’ve started watching episodes in German with the German subtitles turned on. Unfortunately, the subtitles tend to be something completely different to what is being said. It’s like they tried to make the dialogue more formal or something by adding in extra words or completely changing it. Still, if I can pick up the difference in what is being said compared to what it written, I figure it is a good thing. Also, I’m understanding more of it seeing the written whilst hearing it spoken then I would just hearing the spoken. They just speak so fast.
Still I have to start watching more German TV than I have done in the past couple of weeks so I’m hearing German spoken more often. I think I should probably watch children’s TV rather than normal TV programs as the language will be simpler and spoken slower. Any one know of some decent German children’s TV shows?