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10 000 German sentences sorted from easiest to hardest [1/3]

20.07MB. 1000 audio & 0 images. Updated 2018-11-13.

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10 000 German sentences sorted by the average frequency of the words on them — that is, sorted from easiest to hardest. You can view the full contents of this deck in the form of an Excel spreadsheet. -=-=-=-=-=- — Why study sentences? Memorizing the meaning of individual words... is pretty much pointless. If you want actual fluency, you need to see a word in as many example sentences as possible. That makes the language start to flow in your head. That shows you how to use the word. How it is combined with the other words. And many other things. We think that effort always converts into fluency. This is not true. If you memorize the meaning of individual words you won't get fluent and you will spend a ton of effort. But studying sentences is the real deal. Is the method of learning that actually converts effort to fluency. Get some basic grammar, some basic vocabulary, then just dive into sentences and more sentences until you're fluent. — If this deck has so many cards, won't it take me a long time to finish it? If you study one card every 7 seconds, then you can study 500 cards per hour. It's quicker than you think. — How much should I study? Try to study at least 20 minutes a day — or do 50 cards a day. You will see visible results. — How do I replay the audio? In the Computer version of Anki, press the 'r' key. (The mobile version has a replay button.) — I keep getting the wrong answer for a certain card. Mark the card, so you don't answer it on autopilot mode. In the mobile version of Anki, you mark by tapping the 'star' on the upper corner. In the computer version of Anki, you mark by pressing '*' on your keyboard. Alternatively: edit the English sentence of the card, to something that will help you remember the answer more easily. — I'm having technical issues. If you have technical issues, search your issue on Google (for example: audio doesnt work on anki using MacOS) and see if you can find a solution to your problem. And if Google fails you, ask the developper of Anki: https://apps.ankiweb.net/docs/help.html — he usually replies within 24h. -=-=-=-=-=- If this is useful to you, please rate it~ https://frequencylists.blogspot.com.br/ Part 1 of this deck has been updated to have a better sorting of sentences. I will eventually update Part 2 & 3 the same way.

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difficulty index 889
new word introduced allzu
sentence Das ist nur allzu wahr.
sentence english It is only too true.
sentence cloze Das ist nur _____ wahr.
sentence cloze (answer) Das ist nur allzu wahr.
difficulty index 312
new word introduced treffen
sentence Wann ist das Treffen?
sentence english What time is the meeting?
sentence cloze Wann ist das _____?
sentence cloze (answer) Wann ist das Treffen?
difficulty index 750
new word introduced weniger
sentence Es ist einer weniger.
sentence english There is one less.
sentence cloze Es ist einer _____.
sentence cloze (answer) Es ist einer weniger.

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Vielen Dank!
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Great initiative, really liked it.
I would love it but I found some problems.
After trying about 30 different cards, I have noticed mistakes and ambiguities. Some examples:
- This is my woman - Das ist mein Mädchen: Mädchen means girl. Should be Das ist mein Frau.
- Ask me if I care - Interessiert's mich: what means Interessiert's (with apostrophe)? This translation is simply wrong.
- Come over - Komm hierher: should be Come here.

There are easy to catch and fix semantic errors (meaning). There are syntax errors (which is very important in German). And there are others like using idioms on either side and a straight translation on the other.
This may seem not so big deal.
Yet, this has to be verified and corrected or else people will learn wrong patterns - time wasted twice, on learning and fixing.

I really admire your work.
Best regards!
Comment from author
This is my woman - Das ist mein Mädchen -> unusual, but correct translation — because Mädchen can be an affectionate term for "woman", just like "girl" is in the English language; check the sentence 'Ja, sie ist mein Mädchen.' here https://context.reverso.net/translation/english-german/that's+my+woman
Ask me if I care - Interessiert es mich -> idiomatic translation, check https://context.reverso.net/translation/german-english/interessiert+es+mich
Come over - Komm hierher -> check https://context.reverso.net/translation/german-english/komm+hierher

This deck has been downloaded 15 000 times, and some 30% of the people who download this deck are German natives learning English — I'm pretty sure that if there was something wrong with the German sentences, some native would have pointed it out by now, in the reviews section.

HOWEVER, it is true that some English translations are more loose than they should be, but I came with a way to fix this problem, and I intend to update this deck with better English translations. (Hopefully this month.)
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Liked it so far.
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Sentences help a lot in memorization!
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Very good, and lovely voices. Thanks a lot.
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Hello Neri! I'm an admirer of your lists of "sentences sorted from easiest to hardest". You've done an amazing job! They helped me a lot at studying the languages that I need. I think your decks are one of the best tools for learning languages ever! Thank you really much, I deeply appreciate your efforts! Will you be able to create such a deck for Uyghur? I am ready to pay you a reasonable sum of money for this job. You see, there are very few resources for learning Uyghur, and this is quite a big language (about 10 million speakers in China and Central Asia). Please help the community of Uyghur-learners, we really need it! I live in the Xinjang Province of China now, and I need it really "badly". Thank you beforehand! My email address is shamil153@gmail.com. Respectfully yours, Shamil Khayrutdinov.
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Great to learn, Thank you!
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Bad audio
Comment from author
If you use bad earphones, there will be some clicks and hisses in the audio. Try using better earphones.

However, I came up with a way to remove those clicks and hisses from the audio (regardless of what earphone is used). And I plan to update the deck soon, with the improved audio.
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Hi Neri, and thank you so much. Priceless work!
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Awesome idea and a great deck! Thank you Neri for all your work!
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Good work
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very good
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Great, thank you!!!!!!!
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thank you
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Thank you so much :)
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It is very good!
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Vielen Dank!
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nice job, thanks
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Good job
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practical use of context for active recall
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I am not a fan of the English voice but it's a great deck and perfectly reversible thanks to having both voice clips.
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Super gemacht!
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Thank you for collecting this!
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Great resource!
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Great job!

Waiting for the other parts!
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Its amazing! where is part 2 and 3?

Hi i love it! where can i find parts 2 and 3?