Buttertongue : A how to guide.

How should you study?

You have chosen to learn German. And as much as that was your choice, the way you do it is also your freedom. In fact, all methods are okay. We all need to find a method that fits ourselves. We made this guide so you can understand how we planned and intended our courses to be used.

1. Prepare

First prepare for your lesson. Study new vocabulary from the course material. Use our flashcard program to get used to the new words. Study the native pronunciation and make sure you understand the spelling and the meaning of each word. Make especially sure that you know the gender of every noun that you memorize. And lastly take a short overview of the course material so you have an idea what the lesson will be about.

2. Take the lesson

First, understand the contents of the class through English subtitles. Look at the slides and Korean subtitles with your eyes, and listen to the teacher with your ears. If you want to know exactly what the German expression was, you can change it to German subtitles. You can also search for a specific word in the video player and listen only to the bits you need.

3. Take the lesson again with different subtitles

The average length of our lessons is 13 minutes. Try to listen to the same lesson again, but this time with German subtitles. You will hear and recognize new things you had just missed. You will also get a clearer idea of the lesson contents. Try to repeat what the teacher has said. Any phrase will do. Pick one or two phrases per lesson, pronounce them and write them down on a paper.

4. Take the lesson without subtitles

Now listen to the lecture without subtitles. You'll realize that there are new words you can understand. Then write down these expressions and study them for a moment. Replay that part over and over again, or study it by looking in a dictionary. Just listen as much as you know, and study only the parts that interest you. You're just listening to a native German course, you're great!

5. Create a grammar note

You have to study basic grammar carefully so that you can follow the grammar on above intermediate levels. Create and organize your notes. Study and memorize. If you don't understand something, ask a question in the 'Good Questions Room' or contact us without hesitation. If the main course is a time to lay the groundwork with native teaches, the complimentary lessons are a time for in-depth studying with the one of our instructors. We recommend them for review and preparation. Use it freely according to your study style and situation.

6. Solve the exercise questions

The exercise questions consist of a relatively easy number 1 and two or three problem groups that are more advanced. The first question reflects the basic information that must be known, and past number 2, we have set the difficulty so that even those who studied hard will get a few wrong. In addition, almost all answers are short-answer questions. This is to strengthen the writing part of German that can be neglected in a self-taught course. It's better to try and study as much as possible. If you want to learn really well, write as much as you can. If possible, write in the form of sentences, rather than in the form of words and phrases.

7. What it means to ask...

If you post questions in the question room when watching the lessons or solving the exercises, one of our managers will answer them for you. The good questions that everyone needs to see are posted on the Good Question Room. If you have any questions, search for them in a good question room first. If the question is not resolved here, post the question.

8. Organize what you've learned.

Just a few words, a few phrases, is enough. It can even be a just few words. Just take a quick look at what you'll learn today. 5-10 minutes is enough. It's organizing what you've learned in your own language and doing it in your own way. It's okay to forget everything at first. If you look at the notes again, you'll be able to recall what you wrote down. Take a little time to sort things out. Do a quick review of a few parts of the course, a quick look through your notes, a new word you've just memorized, and try out a new phrase you've just learnt.