June 2010: German

<p>Anyone else take the Deutsch test? Modern Hebrew and Latin even have threads -- surely, I can't be the only one!</p>

<p>Not a lot of people take SAT II Deutsch. Aber ich kanne tell you that I am taking the Deutsch Listening in November. How was it? I'd recommend you take the listening. The German Listening is way easier. The speakers talk pretty at a slow pace.</p>

<p>It was better than I expected. Reading is easier for me than listening anyway, but overall, I wasn't too nervous. How about you?</p>

<p>I love how we're the only people concerned with this subject! Haha. I didn't take the June one. Oh man!! But I should have! Maybe reading alone mightn't be bad.</p>

<p>Anyways, mein Deutsch is so bad. I still have yet to master the special usages(als/wenn/wann and nachdem/nach/nachher), endings for subjunctive, and stuff. I listen better than I read. I listen to some German songs like Blümchen's. And I just watched the German officer scene of The Pianist. I don't read much, which is why I am going to fail.</p>

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<p>My thoughts exactly! I remember seeing a Modern Hebrew thread (going strong, too) and even a Latin one, haha.</p>

<p>How long have you studied German for? I haven't seen The Pianist yet, but The Edukators and Good Bye Lenin are definite winners.</p>

<p>I have studied around a year. Less than a year actually. But in terms of grammar, I can learn most conjugations and usages in a few months. I just need to master the listening and reading "for information and main ideas" in Deutsch.</p>

<p>The Pianist is actually not a German film. It portrays der zweiten Weltkrieg from 1941 to 1945; it focuses on the life of a Polish pianist Szpilman. I watched this movie thousand times. I only wanted to watch the scene where a German officer Wilm Hosenfeld talks to Szpilman in German. It's really heroic of the German officer, because Hosenfeld actually helped the Jews like Szpilman during der Krieg, although he was a Nazi.</p>

<p>I'll definitely check out The Edukators and Good Bye Lenin. Good Bye Lenin really appeals to me. The Edukators is rated R, so I don't know about that.</p>

<p>What languages do you speak? French and German?
It's pretty hard to learn German right now for me, because I'm actually learning Spanish at the time, as well as learning difficult English words for my SAT I(yeah, I need to worry about both the SAT I and II).</p>

<p>Fortunately, German conjugations are (almost) the same for every verb, as opposed to Spanish. I always found the adjective endings to be the worst, and the listening to just be...dull! haha One of the AP prompts this year was listening to a woman discuss how she enjoys walking barefoot in the grass.</p>

<p>I think I've heard of it...Adrien Brody is in it, right? And it's by Roman Polanski? </p>

<p>Both films are INCREDIBLE. Although Goodbye Lenin is rated R as well. :/ I've wanted to see Lola Rennt for a while, as well.</p>

<p>French, German, and Russian. Good luck! Have you studied Spanish long? Ugh, SAT I...I need to worry about math.</p>

<p>Yeah. German conjugations are almost ALWAYS the same, which I find fortunate(except sein of course). Spanish, there are so many irregular conjugations especially in the present indicative and the specific past tense, but I've gotten used to them. And YEAH!! The adjectives are pretty annoying! I find the plural formation annoying too. And I need to pronounce umlauts better, as well as placing them in words(e.g. schon vs schön). The order of words can give me a headache too, but it's easy once you put them in the English order.</p>

<p>Yeah. Adrien Brody and Roman Polaski. They're both awesome. I recommend it unless you don't like brutality of World War II in Warsaw. As I watched the first time when I was 10, it was disturbing. Poor Polish and Jewish people, I said to myself.</p>

<p>I will watch Good Bye, Lenin! (of course with English subtitle) Sad tragic stories draw me, and I like to cry out of it for some reason.</p>

<p>That's a lot of languages. French, German, Russian, and English. It will be impressive when college admission sees that. I only know Korean, English, and Spanish(I'm still learning Spanish though, so that shouldn't count).</p>

<p>SAT I: As for me, I have to worry about Critical Reading. I haven't broken even 600 yet. I have already gotten 740 on the math, and I'm expecting 800 on the June one. Well, hopefully it is 800. :P</p>

<p>I believe Dutch has word-order similar to English, although the language itself is more similar to German. And in German, there's always words like 'weil' where the verb goes to the end...such a headhache!</p>

<p>It's sound so sad...reminds me a bit of The Reader. Good bye Lenin is sad as well, but there are some very nice parts.</p>

<p>I would LOVE a 740 on math! Was June your first time taking it?</p>

<p>Nope. I think I started taking it this year early in January. I really didn't study a lot for 740 in May. Math just comes to me, as opposed to reading for information. I'm hoping for 800 for the one in June. I've never bothered to study from then to now, which was a big mistake. Now I'm approaching my senior year, so I have to study my ass off, especially the reading.</p>

<p>Oh I'm using REA's The Best Preparation for SAT German Test. It's pretty good.</p>

<p>I used REA as well; personally, I found it more difficult than the actual exam! It's very good prep.</p>

<p>Good luck on your 800 -- only one week left. I'm guessing you're aiming for 2300+?</p>

<p>Thanks! Haha. 2300+ is beyond my expectancy. Just 800 on math will satisfy me. Good luck on getting 800 in German reading!</p>

<p>Thanks! Good luck to you, too.</p>