|Idioms Class FAQ|
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1. Will the Idioms Class be of benefit to me?
Whether you are an intermediate or advanced student
of German, you will find this class invaluable to improve your command
of the language and enlarge your vocabulary. All the idioms used in the
class are genuine German expressions used in everyday conversations and
written texts. By taking this class, you can reinforce and expand your
knowledge of the language while practicing all language skills (listening,
speaking, reading, and writing).
2. Can I try the class for free before enrolling?
Yes. You can take the interactive Free Trial, try all the activities first-hand, and start learning idioms right away! Explanations and translations, practice exercises, and multimedia test are all part of the Free Trial. You listen to German during the whole Free Trial and can practice speaking, reading, and writing. This way you have the opportunity to evaluate the class in-depth without any obligation to enroll.
3. How is the class structured?
This class has been designed to teach German idioms in the most effective way using text, audio, and images. The Idioms Class consists of several chapters. Each chapter has a section where you are introduced to the idiomatic expressions in context. The German idioms and examples are presented with colorful images to aid memorization, audio files, and full translations into English. You further practice vocabulary, comprehension, and use to make sure you understand the meaning of each phrase and the situation in which it can be employed. There are also exercises about word order, grammar, and spelling to reinforce your knowledge of German. When you are ready, you can check your progress with the multimedia test. All the idioms of this class can also be printed as flashcards. Idioms, examples, and translations can be printed so that you can also study away from the computer.
4. Is there a fixed time schedule to take the Idioms Class?
A three-month time period has been allotted
for taking the class, but within this time frame there is no fixed schedule
study at your own pace. This program offers great flexibility. You can
take the class whenever and wherever you want: home, workplace, school,
Internet café... If you print the idioms, you can also study away
from the computer.
5. Is what I study useful?
Idioms are an integral part of the way German-speaking people express themselves. If you study idioms, you can bring your German to the highest level of proficiency. In this colorful, interactive program, you will learn common German phrases and practice them extensively. The aim is that you don't only get to know about these typical expressions, but actually learn to use them in the right context and in a spontaneous way. With a good command of German idioms, your German will become as lively and complete as that of a native speaker.
6. Can I print out the idioms?
Yes, absolutely. While the Idioms Class is an online program, if you want you can print all the idioms in a flashcard-like format and study away from the computer. The multimedia material (audio and images) is part of the online class only, but print-outs are available simply by clicking the Print Cards button on the navigation bar of the program. Each German phrase is printed together with an example in German and translations into English.
7. Do I need to be online the whole time while I take the Idioms Class?
No. If you want you can just be connected to the Internet during the time necessary to log into the class and load the chapter that you wish to study. If you start taking the Learn Idioms section online, all the other sections will be downloaded by the time you are finished with it. Alternatively, you can use the Preload Sound button to load the chapter's sound files to your computer's cache. You will be alerted on the screen when the loading is finished. At that point, you can disconnect and study offline.
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