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

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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 download the full contents of this deck in the form of a PDF file. -=-=-=-=-=- — 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/ 2018-10-01 — 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. 2019-04-16 — Divided this deck in two modules (one for Read Practice, other for Speak Practice) & now the English translations are less "loose". Also has a better layout now.

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difficulty index 70
new word introduced mann
sentence So was wie einen Mann.
sentence english Something like a man.
sentence cloze So was wie einen _____.
sentence cloze (answer) So was wie einen Mann.
difficulty index 787
new word introduced bevor
sentence Kurz bevor David kam.
sentence english Just before David came.
sentence cloze Kurz _____ David kam.
sentence cloze (answer) Kurz bevor David kam.
difficulty index 382
new word introduced leid
sentence Liebe ist Glück, aber auch Leid.
sentence english Love is happiness, but also suffering.
sentence cloze Liebe ist Glück, aber auch _____.
sentence cloze (answer) Liebe ist Glück, aber auch Leid.

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mostly okay, but there are some bad translations in.

e.g. "Hat er dir gefallen?" should be "did you fancy him?" and not "did he like you?"
on 1591877637
Thank you for sharing this!
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Hey I've really enjoyed the initial part of this, finally worked my way through all the german --> english cards.

Recently started doing the english --> german cards. At first I though I would ignore the advice of doing just the bold words and just try to learn the full sentences. However this proved very laborious and demotivating so I decided to try each time but approve myself if I did happen to get the bold word right.

I did that for the last week and ehh it's gotten still to be a really unpleasant slog. I get that translating into your non-native language will be harder but I think there's just not quite enough there for me to feel like I'm making progress. With only 5 new cards a day taking me an extra 5 minutes it's proven to not really work for me. I think what made this more difficult was that there were no audio clips for this half of the deck. It would have been really great for the audio of the revealed answer to play.

Aside from issues others have mentioned with a few odd sentences here and there, I've learnt a lot from this deck and really love it. I look forward to trying decks two and three. Thank you! :)
on 1591609263
really good!
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thanks for your effort!
on 1590271719
Obrigado pelo ótimo trabalho e por disponibilizar os decks. Fique com Deus e abraços.
on 1589928842
I am a big fan of your decks and I would really love to have a deck for Serbian. Is it possible to ask you to either make a deck for Serbian or maybe obtain the software from you, so I could do it myself?

Best regards! :)
on 1587622926
Good deck, beware with the size, don't be in a hurry, because you'll finish under dozens of cards to review. I personally took three month just to discover all the cards.
on 1582284575
thank you
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Danke schön!
on 1579274878
The reason is sentences like that:
Alles ich und alles nichts. -> All me and nothing nothing.

upd. You don't have to apologize. It's a free deck. Its functionality is superb but I would much prefer precise translations over appearance and audio effects by a long shot. There are some other phrases I've found questionable:
Du bist es doch. -> It is you. (redundant doch?)
Nein, aber Sie schon! -> No, but you already! (I'm not a native, but it doesn't feel right and Google Translate gives different answer)
Eine hat jetzt aber einen. -> One now has one. (same)
Hast du auch alles? -> Do you have everything? (auch is redundant, could be translated as "really" as suggested)
Ist er ja! -> Is he indeed! (it could be valid but G.T. disagrees)
Das ist er nicht! -> He is not! (I'm not sure)
Nein, so doch nicht! -> No, not at all! ("No, not like that!" may be a better translation (as suggested) or G.T. "No, not so!"

I only started the first deck. I don't remember how many cards I've studied, maybe 200 or 400 or 600. I can't give you more cause I've deleted it. It's a good deck, maybe I just get to exited and that was the reason of my disappointment. Thank you, great job overall.
Comment from author before post was edited
This sentence is one small exception; compare the sentences in this deck with Google Translate and you will see that 99.99% are accurate.
But I'm sorry for that, I'll try harder in the next update of this deck. ^^
on 1578427786
Really cool but I have a big question - I'm an intermediate German speaker. is there any way to skip to the last third of the course??
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Amazing stuff
on 1574530509
It is very good, but it would be better if hat wich kind of word (verb, nomen, adjektiv). If it is verb conjugation, adjective, noun das, die, der.
on 1573573342
This is a great, natural approach to learning a language. Rather than learning grammatical rules deductively, you learn them inductively by exposure to a variety of sentences.

I just finished the listening part of the deck, and I will hopefully complete the rest of the deck in the next couple months.
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great deck
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Not that good
Comment from author
Could you be more specific? How do you think this could be improved? Thanks.
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Sehr gut
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I've found that using this I'm getting some sentences I really wouldn't have found anywhere else and general phrases that are simply expressed differently than in English which has been very helpful. I found the setup of the card type wasn't what worked best for me so I've changed it to have the German sentence and audio on the front and then just the English translation on the back, no audio. I don't feel there's much use translating from English to German, it makes me think too much in English. I also played around a bit with the design of the card to make it easier to see on mobile, the default wasn't very easy to use for me. The dictionary links are a really interesting feature too but after I found the Linguee app it was simpler to use it's built in copy feature that automatically shows you a pop up definition without leaving Anki. Hopefully someone will find that app helpful as well.

My only question is about how the deck is split into two, I'm a bit confused about it. I'm a few day away from finishing the first part of the two and I'm not sure exactly what the difference between the two is. I see that the 2nd has the English on the front so I assume it's a prompt for you to recall and speak the German but is it all of the same vocabulary?
What I'd like to do is change the card type in the same way that I've done with the first part, German on the front and English on the back but I'm wondering if it'll to end up repeating lots of words I've already learned in doing this. If that's the case and it's meant to reinforce vocab from the first deck then perhaps I'll try using Morphman on the 2nd part, I'm just weary of changing the due order too much incase it completely messes something up. Any help with this would be amazing!

Really appreciate this deck being made available, it's genuinely been so useful so thanks again :D

EDIT: Think I've solved my problem. I've reformatted the card type and then found all of the duplicated cards between the two decks (there are about 300 that are the exact same sentences but originally formatted differently), used the find duplicates tool in Edit, tagged them and then deleted the tagged ones in the 2nd half of the deck. That deck now has 703 completely new cards, no overlap from the first part now. I know this wasn't the way the deck was intended to be used but it's still a fantastic resource.
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No sir I do not mean that. I think I did not clarify well. Now, both parts, the speaking and reading/listening parts, are connected to the same major deck, called German 10k sentences. They are basically the sub-decks for the main deck. The problem is that when I finish with my listening/reading training, the speaking sub-deck becomes empty with no cards remaining to revise for the day. For example, I want to currently study 50 cards a day from each of the two sub-decks. However, when I finish with the listening part, the speaking part does not have any cards for today to see. What do you think I must do?
Comment from author
Click the button to the right of the deck. Click "options". Set "new cards/day" to a higher value. Click "reviews" and set "Maximum reviews/day" to a higher value.

If that doesn't solve your problem, ask the developper of Anki (he usually answers within a day): https://apps.ankiweb.net/docs/help.html
on 1564308314
Excellent. Slight modification made it perfect set of sentences to go ahead and study. However it took me a while to find and remove duplicate notes in 3 part of the decks. Nonetheless great effort and many thanks !
on 1563468146
Perfekt!!! Danke sehr :D
on 1562315696
Great job!!!
on 1559497079
The initiative is very good, but:
- the sentences lack context
- there are no references to explain the meaning of the sentences and which verbs are used in it (see an example below)

Maybe my intermediate German level is not enough to use this deck yet. Or the purpose of this method is learning everything by heart, which simply does not work for me.

Examples of problems:
Was habe ich an? = What do I have to do?
How "What (cloth) am I wearing"? became "What do I have to do?" ? I can not even find this expression on Google or in the expressions related to anhaben in dictionaries, eg https://www.wordreference.com/deen/anhaben . Maybe this sentence uses in fact "haben" ? No idea! And without knowing the correct verb, I cannot use this expressions in variations of the given sentence (eg in a "dass" sentence or conjugated in Perfekt).

Nicht an dir = Not to you
I don't know in which context this is used, but I am sure it is not used in all contexts where "not to you" is. Examples:

Whose this beer belongs to?
Not to you!
= Wem gehört dieses Bier?
Nicht dir!

I want to get married, just not to you.
= Ich will heiraten, nur nicht dich.

Without context, this is useless IMHO.
Comment from author
This is valid criticism, but the cards where the sentence needs more context... are not sooooo numerous.

Was habe ich an? => what [do] I have to? => what [do] I have to do? [Germans omit words more often than Englishmen do; it's the German way of talking.]

Thank you for putting effort into explaining what is wrong ^^ what you said is true, but these cards are few in number.
on 1557596964
I thought you remade this deck but how about the two other ones
on 1556729781
It's good!
on 1556524929
Perfect deck to train fluency
on 1554633373
I started learning German with this deck - it took me 3 months - 15 cards per day, learning cca 2 hours per day. And it works. I can speak Slovak and English - there is a lot of similarities with these two languages - Slovak helps with gramma rules and idioms and English with vocabulary. But - still I am impressed by my skills after just three months. So, I recommend this deck strongly. I am learning with little bit different approach than suggested - I try learn whole sentences - I am not satisfied just with new word - so I had to learn and understand grammar rules from sentences with little help of grammar book. I accept just mistakes as: jede / jedes / jeden or eine/einem and also prepositions I take not so seriously. Countdown is not working for me - sometimes I have to think one minute about the sentence - brain working with full power about words and grammar. Now, after 3 months - I start to be faster - basic grammar rules are internalized.
I think somebody speaking English and Slovak/Czech/Polish... can afford this approach...
Thanks a lot!
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I really like the design of the cards, the audio quality is great and I totally agree with this approach. Whilst I was studying just vocabulary I have found progress hard. I studied French for a couple of years and found I was learning this far slower than I learned that. I have just remembered that with French I had a Memrise course with sentences. I definitely think I owe most of my progression to learning words in sentences.
on 1552312247
Vielen Dank!
on 1551473274
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
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?
correct. it's an idiomatic translation, check https://context.reverso.net/translation/german-english/interessiert+es+mich

>>>Come over - Komm hierher
correct. check https://context.reverso.net/translation/german-english/komm+hierher

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.)

Edit: Done. I updated this deck and now it has better English translations.
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Liked it so far.
on 1548975615
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.
on 1544470727
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
on 1522540800
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?