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Lernen to Talk Show: Episode 1

August 6, 2011

Hello again! Sorry about the delay, but here is (for real this time!) the first episode of the Lernen to Talk Show. It’ll give you a good idea of where studying German during your 45 minute commute for ten weeks can get you. 

Camera by Carl.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    August 7, 2011 22:55

    You should do an English translation so us non-German speakers can getter a better understanding of your progress. 🙂

  2. Priya permalink
    August 8, 2011 02:20

    Mickey, von jetzt an werde ich alle Flugzeuge “Flugwagen” nennen. 🙂 Ich freue mich ueber die naechste Folge!

  3. August 8, 2011 19:20

    I agree with Anonymous.

  4. laporteacote permalink
    June 21, 2013 16:46

    Hallo! Ich hab auch ein Jahr in Deutschland als Austauschschüler verbracht und ich finde dein Blog wirklich toll! Ich fange nur jetzt an, es zu lesen und bis jetzt macht es viel Spaß und erinnert mich an meiner Zeit in Deutschland! Thank you for this 🙂

    • June 28, 2013 14:28

      Hi! Es freut mich sehr, dass es dir Spass macht, meine Videos anzuschauen! You are very welcome. Stay tuned for more exciting stuff!

  5. June 21, 2013 19:09

    Eine tolle Idee hast du gehabt… weiter so!

  6. Avital permalink
    July 3, 2013 17:17

    So great with subtitles! Glad I re-watched. 🙂

  7. alicia permalink
    July 12, 2013 01:05

    This is AWESOME! I teach Spanish to level 1 students in 8th grade. I use the work of Carol Dweck, a psychologist from Standford, who has done research about “Growth Mindsets” and learning a language is TOTAL growth mindset! This is a perfect example of how uncomfortable it is to try something new but if you put forth EFFORT you will have results. Your video is a perfect example of living growth mindset! Thank you for your documentary!

    • July 18, 2013 15:58

      Hello Alicia! I’m not familiar with Carol Dweck, but I will definitely take a look at her stuff now! It’s a funny thing how effort, independent of what it’s for, will always have constructive effects whether you anticipate them or not. That’s what I believe, at least. And putting yourself in an uncomfortable situation naturally stimulates effort, so as long as you trust in the growth that’s coming with it, being uncomfortable becomes a welcome situation! At least that’s how I see it. Thanks for commenting! And enjoy your summer!

      Sincerely,
      Mickey

  8. Bill Smith permalink
    July 27, 2013 11:05

    Your show has been recommended by the German TV magazine: TV TODAY 16/13 p.29 Section: Mein Web TV

    “The Lernen to Talk Show
    Deutsche Sprache – schwere Sprache. Der Amerikaner Mickey Mangan reist ein Jahr quer durch die Republik und dokumentiert mit der Kamera seinen linguistischen Kaltwassersprung. 49 Episoden zeugen von erstaunlichen Fortschritten und interkulturellen Irrtümern. Pädagogisch umstritten, dafür witzig!”

    PS: Vielleicht solltest du deinen englischsprachigen Lesern erklären das “quer” im Deutschen eine andere Bedeutung hat als im Englischen ;o)

    Frage: wie trainierst du dein Deutsch nachdem du nach hause zurückgekehrt bist?

    PPS: Ich bin zwar Deutscher aber meine deutsche Grammatik ist nicht besser als meine englische. Sorry.

  9. February 16, 2015 17:56

    Awesome videos … I’m originally from Germany … and learned English exactly that way … only it took me 2 years … congratulations, Mickey.

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