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1. Will the Vocabulary Class be of benefit to me?

2. Can I try the class for free before enrolling?

3. How is the class structured?

4. Is there a fixed time schedule to take the Vocabulary Class?

5. Is what I study useful?

6. Can I print out and download the vocabulary?

7. Do I need to be online the whole time while I take the Vocabulary Class?

 

1. Will the Vocabulary Class be of benefit to me?

You will benefit from the German Vocabulary Class whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced student of German. This program is unique because it has been created for progressive learning. You learn the most common words of the German language step by step: from the most frequent, simplest words to the more complex terms. Unlike plain cards, the German Vocabulary Class is designed to promote all language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. By taking the German Vocabulary Class, you will not only enlarge your German vocabulary but also perfect your overall command of the language.

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2. Can I try the class for free before enrolling?

Yes, absolutely: you can take the Quick Tour to learn more about the Vocabulary Class and start learning German right away! In the interactive Quick Tour you can try some of the activities first-hand: sample the German flashcards, listen to German native speakers, practice writing in German, and read the examples that accompany the flashcards. You can evaluate the class without any obligation to enroll and practice German at the same time!

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3. How is the class structured?

The German Vocabulary Class has been created to teach German vocabulary in the most effective way using text, audio, and visual aids. The class is organized in 58 topics (Home, Family, Transport, Free Time, School, Work, Weather, Health, and many more) that teach the most frequent words of the German language with online flash cards and interactive exercises. One German word at the time is introduced together with its English meaning. You not only see the word but hear it spoken so you can learn meaning, spelling, and pronunciation at the same time. To understand usage you also learn each word through examples and to clarify any doubts there are additional notes about the German grammar. Translations from German into English and from English into German reinforce memorization and recall, while spelling exercises help you improve writing and reading skills. The German Class also gives you the opportunity to study away from the computer: you can print the vocabulary as flashcards and download the audio content onto your MP3 player.

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4. Is there a fixed time schedule to take the Vocabulary Class?

A 12-month period has been allotted for taking the class. Within this time frame there is no fixed schedule so you can study at your own pace. The program offers great flexibility. You can take the class online whenever and wherever you want: home, workplace, school, Internet café, etc. You can also study away from the computer by printing the vocabulary and downloading the pronunciation files in MP3 format.
For best results, try to avoid long breaks between one study session and the next. If you study regularly, even in short sessions, you can ensure a more effective progress and better, faster results. If you need more time to complete the class, you can renew your enrollment on a monthly basis.

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5. Is what I study useful?

Yes! There are millions of words in German, but everyday use of the language evolves around 1,500 to 2,000 words. These words form a core vocabulary that covers about 80% of all German communication (both written and spoken). The aim of the German Vocabulary Class is to teach the most important words of the core vocabulary (about 1400 words). A solid knowledge of these words helps with less common vocabulary as well because many German words are compounds: they are terms made up of two or more simpler words. The selection of these most frequent and useful German words was based on extensive and authorative research: frequency lists, vocabulary statistics, dictionaries, and teaching materials used by official bodies and educational organizations in the German-speaking countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). If you gain a good command of this program's vocabulary, you can communicate with native speakers in all everyday situations.

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6. Can I print out and download the vocabulary?

You can! The online program offers the highest level of interactivity, but you can also learn away from the computer. All the words of the Vocabulary Class can be printed and you can organize the material in different ways, for instance as traditional flashcards or as lists of words. Grammatical explanations can also be printed and there is a printable version of all the German examples complete with English translations. An excellent way to improve memorization and pronunciation is to download the sound files of the Vocabulary Class onto an MP3 player so you can learn while you are on the move.

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7. Do I need to be online the whole time while I take the Vocabulary Class?

No. If you want, you can be connected to the Internet for the time necessary to log into the class and load the topic that you wish to study. You can use the Preload Files button to load the topic's sound and data 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. If it is the first time you use the program, once the files have been preloaded, you should quickly enter each section of the topic.

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