Speak Fluently in 4 Months
Talk about yourself in German to everyone you meet.
Welcome to Dr. Bogard's "All About Me" 4 month speaking course
"Earn more money, make more friends, become more marketable, and open your life to more adventures when you speak German." -Dr. Eva Bogard
This is the flagship course from Dr. Bogard's "Time to Learn German" online program. This is a professional, effective, full semester video course that makes it possible for you to have a conversation in German much faster than in any traditional classroom. You won't get a podcast course with the professor lecturing, while you stare at a static image that's been turned into a video. You won't be falling asleep either, because you will be engaged in challenging work, that moves along at the pace you choose. You will watch Dr. Bogard, and complete your lessons, while she walks you step by step through the process of acquiring German. The entire course should take you about 12-16 weeks to complete.
When taught in person at a private university this course can cost as much as $1,730 per credit hour. "Speak German Fluently" is designed as a full 4 credit semester course. Now you get it here with free life-time updates, a weekly Q&A, and access to your instructor for years to come. With an opportunity like this, it's a great time, and a great place, for you to learn German!
What you can expect:
Dr. Bogard's main objective here is to help you learn German, so you finish the course able to maintain a 5 to 15 minute German conversation (i.e. be fluent) with a native speaker of German. Fifteen minutes may not sound like much, but for a beginner to speak using a new language for even 5 minutes without reverting to English, or standing frozen and silent like a deer in headlights, is an amazing accomplishment. Some of Dr. Bogard's most enthusiastic beginners have even been able to speak German for up to 30 minutes. Simply amazing, and you can do it too!!
This happens when you are highly motivated (by fear, hope, love, challenge, etc.), and spend 30 minutes every day following our unique step by step method. You will be following a 'polyglot-style" learning path, and performing the same techniques that many multilingual students use to give themselves a beginner's level fluency skill in the time it takes to finish just one college course. Remember- most students, who study a foreign language for years in school, NEVER become fluent speakers of that language, so 16 weeks of 30 minutes of daily practice is an exciting goal for you to take on!
Dr. Bogard's research project helped to uncover the secrets of polyglots.
Last year Dr. Bogard finished her two-year research project on polyglots. Polyglots are people from all areas of the world, who have taught themselves how to speak many languages. Her research objective was to discover how they are able to do this themselves, by studying their attitudes, beliefs, and study behaviors related to their foreign language learning. The study consolidated the behaviors common to the group she was following, and embedded those techniques into a new learning method. From there she created a new curriculum to use with her own students. It's the kind of learning journey that anyone with a very strong need or desire to learn a foreign language can follow, but it requires a knowledgeable guide to show the exact manner and order to the steps . This course does just that: walks you carefully through the fastest and most effective, step-by-step foreign language learning method based on the best tips and tricks that many of the world's most successful polyglots use to help themselves learn to speak 8, 12 and even 20+ different languages. Dr. Bogard refers to it as her "Faster Fluency" method.
You want to learn German, because it's an influential language in the world of business and economics, so speaking German often opens income producing opportunities. Did you know that Germany has become the economic envy of Europe? And if you are able to speak German, you could earn $128,000 extra over the course of your career, according to MIT scientist Albert Saiz. His research showed that knowing German is financially worth twice as much as French, and nearly three times as much as Spanish. Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein are gorgeous countries with great public transportation systems, that make it easy to explore so you can bring more adventure into your life. Once you are there you can explore the beautiful landscapes and historical cities with ease. Learning German also makes it easier for you to make new friends, who are eager to introduce you to the best food and drinks you can imagine! You can easily fall in love with this country, the people and the language. You would be smart to choose German as your next language. It's waiting for you now.
German is also the language Dr. Bogard has been teaching in a traditional classroom for almost 30 years. Being online now, she has more opportunities to reach new learners, and help them with her cutting-edge curriculum that shows you how to harness the power of people on the Internet to become your new language partners and how to build a free support network.
You are getting her best!
Having concluded two rounds of testing this new "Faster Fluency" online method with her own classroom students, she knows that having more students means meeting more diverse needs, so lessons are updated on a regular basis. The flagship course you purchase now will include all these changes, for the life of the course. Dr. Bogard's course also includes online interaction with her through the discussion forum, her Facebook page, and Youtube channel should you have questions and need a helping hand.
If you have trouble, or are unhappy about an experience in this course, PLEASE tell Dr. Bogard all about through the message system. She checks it regularly and her first priority is to help you solve any challenges, or respond to your advice about something that would make the course better for you. Dr. Bogard is adamant that you do NOT leave a bad review and quit! She believes that most problems can be solved best when you and your instructor work together on it.
Taking a moment to share your thoughts in the discussion area is always appreciated and helps build a more rewarding experience for you. Both positive and negative comments inspire a bigger discussion, which can lead to a better course to benefit all. This course is constantly adjusted, improved and expanded based on feedback from Dr. Bogard's students. You are in a 'living' course, and these new changes are always included with your purchase. We thank you in advance for your active participation in the discussion forum, and please leave a positive 5 star review when you can. Anything less than 5 stars is judged a failure, so please post a comment in the discussion forum, if you feel like you can't leave a 5 star review, and Dr. Bogard will make every attempt to support your learning success.
We believe that this very carefully constructed "Faster Fluency" method is unlike any other offered in any physical or online school. We promise it's great, and it comes with a money back guarantee during the first 30 days.
What is TTLG?
Time to Learn German (TTLG) is Dr. Bogard's brand name for her online courses for anyone who NEEDS to be fluent in German fast. The only requirement for success is that you absolutely must have a burning desire or serious need to become fluent fast. Not just a "wouldn't it be nice to speak German" attitude, because that's not enough motivation to make you maintain a daily 30 minute practice; either as one chunk or by breaking it down into three 10 minutes sessions each day. High motivation and making a small, daily time commitment are the only prerequisites for purchasing any of the TTLG courses. It's also very important that you follow Dr. Bogard's learning "recipe" exactly as the instructions say. She can't make any guarantees of a 'delicious' success, if you change or omit the ingredients, and alter the 'cooking' directions. If learning to speak could be done in an easier and even quicker way, she would be doing that with you already!
What this course is not.
Please keep in mind that this is not a tutoring course, so you can't turn in your own work and have Dr. Bogard correct it for you, or personally tutor you. But she does show you how to get free help online, and there are professional German tutors online to help you even more.
She's also available to you in the class discussion board, or even better in the private Facebook "TTLG Gym" in case you have questions about the course or the materials.
This course is very specific in it's purpose: to teach you how to get yourself into German conversations as quickly as possible. However, if you need to pass a specific German language exam, then a different course might be better for you. In Dr. Bogard's physical classrooms, she prepares students for various exams so the strategies and methods used are particular to each exam. With your positive support, she might bring these exam-prep courses online in the future, but that's not what this first TTLG course is. Although you learn the basics from all 7 basic foreign language skills, it's designed to bring you to the point of speaking coherently as thoroughly and quickly as possible. Of course, if you are preparing for an exam that includes a speaking evaluation, then this course can help you do better on that part!
What do you get in this course?
Each course is a full semester (4 month) class, but you can do it faster or slower. Dr. Bogard helps you master a practical conversation, and along that path, she helps you understand all the basics of German grammar, and helps you learn to read and write in German with the help of native speakers. She also includes cultural lessons and social skills development- like telling a joke in German. The final capstone project is you speaking with real native Germans! This is an exhilarating, challenging, and unforgettable experience that will make you feel GREAT! Dr. Bogard walks you through every step of this entire process with short and simple videos, quick quizzes to make sure you are following the lessons exactly, and specific exercises that she saw polyglots use successfully.
When you finish the first course, you can move on to the next course in this series (planned for release in August 2016) that revolves around a new conversation, a grammar review to deepen your understanding of the structure of the German language, and new cultural topics. You will easily move faster in subsequent TTLG courses, because you will already be familiar with the steps in the "Faster Fluency" method you learn here.
Dr. Bogard's aim is to help you build your fluency one conversation at a time, as a huge chunk, instead of using lots of phrases from many different topics at the same time, which is overwhelming for beginners, and doesn't result in a finished product.
Did you have German in high school or college?
If you've had a German course in the past, we welcome you with open arms! We believe you will enjoy Dr. Bogard's new method with this great learning approach, because it's super organized and easy to follow, with lots of videos where you can see her, and listen to her, as she leads you through your lessons. You will get faster and better results than in any of your old classes.
Why learn from Dr. Bogard?
Eva's first language is German, but she was born in New York city to an American-German dad and a German mom who spoke no English at the time. She started learning English on her first day of Kindergarten. Since then, she has pursued her own foreign language learning by studying French in Paris, St. Malo and Tours, France. She has been a former university adjunct instructor at three different universities, and is currently a certified practicing secondary school classroom teacher with more than two decades of experience teaching German. Her doctoral degree, from the University of South Florida in Tampa, is in Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Technology. Her Master's is in Foreign Language Education, and her Bachelor's is in German. Foreign language learning has been part of her entire life, so she can confidently call herself an expert in this field of foreign language learning. She feels very passionate about showing as many people as she can how they can be independent, successful German students using her "Faster Fluency" system.
Dr. Bogard's educational background, teaching experience, and love of learning translate into courses that are not only effective, but also academically strong. Each course in the TTLG series is the length of a complete 4 credit, semester college class, that would cost you many hundreds of dollars, if taken at a college. Most of those use traditional classroom methods, which are unlikely to result in you being able to speak fluently by the end of a course. She believes that the way teachers are trained to teach in a traditional classroom setting, and the unforeseen challenges that are inherent in a classroom with one teacher and many students, result in slow progress. Her unique "Faster Fluency" method", based on extensive research on how today's successful polyglots teach themselves, is available for you here and now.
It's time to start now.
You benefit in other ways too by purchasing a TTLG membership now. Since these classes are offered outside the university, you can give yourself the luxury of choosing how fast or slow you complete the course. You are also in control of your learning, by replaying video and audio lessons, rereading lectures, and having access to an expert, who wants you to succeed. Dr. Bogard has also completed an international training program in adult education, so she knows how you need to learn.
You will not only learn the basics of every part of the structure of the German language, but you are also acquiring reading and writing skills, and the ability to understand and adapt your behavior to fit into German culture, not to mention the main goal of being able to have a conversation with other speakers of German.
This course is a great value: rich content, an expert instructor, a unique and faster learning method, the highest quality of research-based education, and you own it along with instructor support for life! The more courses you do in Dr. Bogard's Time to Learn German program, the stronger your language skills become, and the more fun and opportunity you bring into your life. Completion of all lessons also comes with an official certificate to add to your professional portfolio.
Your path to success has already been mapped out for you. Just follow the curriculum you see below, one step at a time. Work your way from top to bottom, and you'll be shown what to do every step of the way.
I finished the grammar section today and I am very pleased with the results. I don't think I've had to study grammar since the eighth grade, and I now wish they would still teach [it] in school because it's just so helpful [and now I have] a better understanding of English and other languages as well (German).
- Alex Y. March 27, 2015
[...] started the course by doing the listening training. I really liked it because it helped me understand that even though some words may look the same or like they would be pronounced the same, they're not. After listening to the video [lecture] once, I took the quiz and I was able to get a 90% on it, which surprises me!
- Jenny S. March 30, 2015
[...] It wasn't hard, but sometimes it did get a little tricky, but it kept me on my toes, thinking about how I could pronounce those words differently than I had tried before. The small quizzes weren't hard to do, you just really had to review the part before, making sure you really understood the concept. Overall, I enjoyed the new course Frau had made a lot, I'm glad I got the opportunity to try it out. I am glad that I have learned the amount of German that I have, I'm glad I can actually hold a conversation with someone from Germany now, it's exciting.
- Kylie S. May 28, 2015
Today I worked on RESE, NESE, MRMN, and SRSR and watched the monster chart video several times over. I thought it was great but at the end of the video you mention that there will be a part 2. Cant wait! Loved the genitive part"
-Ben B. Sept. 11, 2015
You CAN build a better and more fascinating you, qualify for more great opportunities, and earn extra money, when you learn German with Dr. Eva Bogard!
What are you waiting for? Enroll now by clicking the button at the bottom of this page!
Welcome Letter & Instructions For The First Day Of School For Ab Initio JuniorsFREE PREVIEW
How To Register For The IB German Course On Blackboard & Join Our Remind Class
Required Supply List
Course Description For Ab Initio Classroom LearnersFREE PREVIEW
Video: OpeningFREE PREVIEW
Video: Come Take a Quick TourFREE PREVIEW
Video: Welcome to Your CourseFREE PREVIEW
How to Enter and Exit This German Site: "My Dashboard"FREE PREVIEW
Learning A Foreign Language Is A Student's Responsibility (Amount Of Time Spent Listening & Reading Out Of The Classroom = Level Of Success)
Text: Why Do You Want to Learn German?FREE PREVIEW
Video: Motivation VideoFREE PREVIEW
Text: Schedule Your Learning for Each DayFREE PREVIEW
Video: Get a Support Network
Handout: Support Network Flyer
Assignment: Set Up Your German Blog
Video: How to Set Up Your Wordpress Blog (weekly posting required for credit earning students)
Technology Tip: How To Share The Link To Your Blog
Handout: "All About Me" Syllabus & Assignments
Text: Listen to Live German Streaming Radio
Handout: Online Streaming German Talk Radio (2014)
If you are taking this course for a grade and you have a German teacher checking your work- you must follow the due dates given in class. Late work gets a deduction.
Text: The Sounds of German
Handout: How to Pronounce German
Video: How to Pronounce German
Video: IPA for German Pronunciation Final
Handout: IPA for German
Quiz: Pronunciation Video & Handout Comprehension Check
Video: 20 Pronunciation Tips
Text: All About Me Bilingual Phrases
Handout: All About Me Bilingual List (Jan 2015)
Audio: All About Me Bilingual List (Jan 2015)
Quiz: Pronunciation Lesson Check
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Video: Listening Activity 1
Audio Download: mp3 Audio File for the Quiz
Quiz: Listening TEST #1
Handout: Listening Assignment 1 (read the pairs aloud to demonstrate your ability to pronounce German correctly)
Text: All About Me Flashcards
Download: 3 Sets of Flashcards
Handout: How to Play the Leitner Flashcard Game
Video: How to Run Your Daily 10 Minute Leitner Flashcard Game
Quiz: Flashcard Assignment Check
Text: All About Me German to English Practice
Video: German to English Practice
Quiz: German to English Tool Check
Text: All About Me English to German Practice
Video: English to German
Quiz: English to German Tool Check
Text: All About Me Dialog
Download: All About Me Dialog
Text: All About Me Dialog Assignment 1
Text: All About Me Dialog Assignment 2
Download: mp3 Audio of the All About Me Dialog
Text: All About Me Dialog Assignment 3
Download: mp3 Audio of a Slower Recording of the Dialog
Quiz: Check Your English Translations and Your Shadowing Technique
Text: All About Me Dialog Assignment 4
Download: mp3 Audio Slower Recording (same as from the last assignment)
Text: All About Me Dialog Assignment 5
Handout: All About Me Dialog Assignment 6
Download: Another Copy of the Dialog
Download: mp3 Audio Slower Recording (same as from the last assignment)
Quiz: Comprehension and Spelling Check
Text: All About Me Dialog Assignment 7 (translate English to German without resources)
Text Lecture: It's Time for Grammar
Quiz: Are Your Ready To Learn Grammar?
Text: Introduction to Busuu.com
Video: How To Sign Up at Busuu
Text Lecture: Introduction to Articles
Video: What You Need to Know About Articles
Handout: How to Guess the Correct Gender of a Noun
Meet the Genders Creatures
Text: Color Coding Articles Assignment
Handout: Hard Copy of Articles PowerPoint
Video: Check Your Coding of Articles
Handout: Answer Key for the Coding Articles Assignment
Text: Grammar Textbook Instruction Sheet
Text: Grammar Assignment Sheet for Articles
Video: Grammar Chapter 1
Video: Chapter 1 Answer Key Video
Video: Grammar Chapter 3
Video: Chapter 3 Answer Key Video
Text: Introduction to Nouns
Video: What You Need to Know About Nouns
Handout: Hard Copy of Nouns PowerPoint
Video: Use the "Monster Chart" to Figure out the German Cases
Handout: Green Monster Chart (front)
Quiz: Monster Chart
Test: Monster Chart Challenge
Text: Color Coding Nouns Instruction Sheet
Handout: All About Me Dialog (extra copy)
Video: Check Your Coding of Nouns
Handout: Answer Key for the Coding Nouns Assignment
Text: Textbook Grammar Instruction Sheet
Text: Grammar Assignment Sheet for Noun Plurals
Video: Grammar Chapter 2 Tutorial
Video: Chapter 2 Answer Key
Video: Listening Activity 2
Audio: Listening Quiz 2 MP3 Recording
Quiz: Listening Quiz 2
Handout: Listening Assignment 2 (use this paper to demo your pronunciation to your teacher or tutor)
Text: Introduction to Adjectives
Video: What You Need to Know About Adjectives
Handout: Adjective PowerPoint Slides
Quiz: Adjectives Lesson
Text: Color-coding Adjectives Instruction Sheet
Text: Another Copy of the "All about me" Dialog
Video: Check Your Coding of Adjectives
Handout: Coding Adjectives Answer Key
Video: Time Out! Motivational Moment: German Landscapes
Text: Introduction to Pronouns
Video: You Don't Need To Memorize
Video: What You Need to Know About Pronouns
Handout: Pronouns PowerPoint Slides
Quiz: Pronouns Lecture
Text: Color-coding Pronouns Instruction Sheet
Video: Check Your Coding of Pronouns
Finished Early? Enjoy These Animated German Children's Stories With Subtitles & German Audio
Finished Early? Try This "Super Easy German" Youtube Channel
Finished Early? Accelerate Your Learning With The German Mini-Series For Beginners: "Nicos Weg"
Text: Introduction to German Verbs
Video: What You Need to Know about Verb Conjugations
Handout: Verb Conjugations PowerPoint Slides
Quiz: Verb Conjugation
Video: What You Need to Know about the Present Tense + "seit"
Quiz: Present tense + seit
Video: What You Need to Know about "Haben" & "Sein"
Quiz: Haben & Sein
Video: What You Need to Know about "Magnificient" Modal Verbs
Quiz: Modal Verbs
Video: What You Need to Know about "zu" + Infinitive Verb
Quiz: "zu + infinitive"
Video: What You Need to Know about Reflexive Verbs
Quiz: Reflexive Verbs
Text: Time Out from Grammar: Learn the Song Edelweiss
Handout: Edelweiss Lyrics
Music Video: Edelweiss (German Lyrics Starting At 1:23)
Video: What You Need to Know about Separable Prefix Verbs
Quiz: Separable Prefix Verbs
Video: What You Need to Know about Commands
Video: What You Need to Know about the Simple Past Tense
Quiz: Simple Past Tense
Video: What You Need to Know about Word Order
Quiz: Word Order
Video: What You Need to Know about the Conversational Past Tense
Quiz: Conversational Past Tense
Text: Assignment = Color Coding Verbs Instruction Sheet
Video: Check Your Coding of Verbs
Text: Culture Lesson = How to Tell a Birthday Joke
Audio: Slower Version of the Joke
Text: Introduction to Adverbs
Video: What You Need to Know about Adverbs
Handout: Adverbs PowerPoint Slides
Text: Assignment = Color Coding Adverbs Instruction Sheet
Video: Check Your Coding of Adverbs
Handout: Adverb Coding Answer Key
Text: Introduction to Prepositions
Video: What You Need to Know about Prepositions
Handout: Prepositions PowerPoint Slides
Text: Assignment = Color Coding Prepositions Instruction Sheet
Video: Check Your Coding of Prepositions
Handout: Preposition Coding Answer Key
Audio: Accusative Preposition song
Audio: Two-way Preposition song
Audio: Dative Preposition song
Text: Dr. Bogard's YouTube Recommendations for German Culture
Text: Introduction to Conjunctions
Video: What You Need to Know about Conjunctions
Handout: Conjunctions PowerPoint Slides
Text: Assignment = Color Coding Conjunctions Instruction Sheet
Video: Check Your Coding of Conjunctions
Handout: Conjunctions Coding Answer Key
Video: Advanced "Monster Chart" Grammar Lesson (30 minutes!)
Handout: Advanced Side of the Grammar Monster Chart
Text: First Writing Assignment = Create New Sentences
Video: Extra Help Video for Your First Writing Task
Video: Lang8 Tip
Lang8 Is Currently Not Accepting New Users So Create An Account On Their New Site: HiNative (Limited Free Help, But Worth Trying)
Lang-8 Alternative #1 = iTalki Notebook (Yes, all but the tutoring is FREE)
Lang-8 Alternative #2 "LangCorrect.Com" (Create An Account And Post Your Writing To See What Happens)
Text: Final Writing Challenge
Video: Listening Activity 3
Audio: Listening Quiz 3
Quiz: Listening Test 3
Handout: Listening Assignment 3 (use this paper to demo your skill to your teacher or tutor)
Text: The Mixxer Intro
Video: A Testimonial For Speaking Live With A Native Speaker (To Motivate You To Do This Yourself)
Find Speaking Partners on iTalki, HelloTalk & Tandem (Then Record A Zoom Video Call)
Video: How To Install Zoom & Create A Meeting
Optional Video: How To Set Zoom Settings For Great Audio & Video Quality
Video: How To Record Yourself & Your Speaking Partner In Zoom
Video: How To Join A Zoom Meeting Without Downloading The Zoom App (Instructions For Your Speaking Partner)
Video: How To Share Your Recorded Zoom Video (Send To Your Teacher Via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Text: The Mixxer Lecture Part 2 (Instead of Skype, You Can Use Zoom)
Handout: How to Install Skype on Macs
Handout: How To Install Skype on PCs
Video: How To Create Your Mixxer Account
Text: Recording with Skype
Video: Step by Step Tutorial for Skype Recording
Video: Partner Preparation Assignment:
Video: Six Activities to Do With Your Partner
Handout: Six Speaking Activities Sheet
Video: 5 Steps To a Successful Opening
Handout: 5 Steps To a Successful Opening
Video: Four Opening Formulas
Handout: Four Simple Opening Formulas
Video: Listening Words
Handout: Listening Words Version A
Video: 5- Steps To a Successful Closing
Handout: Closing Summary Sheet
Video: It's Time to Talk
Text: Reminder To Add Customized Sentences
Video: Look for More Speaking Partners, i.e. Verbling
Text: Find More Speaking Partners on this New SIte
Assignment: Film 3 Attempts Of You Having A Conversation In German With Classmates (NO NOTES FOR YOU)
How To Change Your Phone Video Into A Normal Video File That Can Be Shared Online
Video: Culture Break- German Movie Assignment
Text: Culture Break- German Movie Suggestions
Video: Final Listening Training (review of all sounds)
Handout: Final Listening Training
Audio: Final Listening Test
Quiz: Final Listening Test
Create An Account On Verbling
Handout: Five Steps To Speaking With Strangers
Video: Evaluate Your Experience
Handout: Speaking Evaluation Sheet (Turn In 2 Different Evaluation Packets To Your Teacher)
Video: Get Ready to Speak with Strangers
Video: Five Steps to Speaking German with Strangers
Video: Congratulations You Completed This Course!
Now that You Can Speak German- Try This!
Video: So long, Farewell, auf Wiedersehen, Good-bye
Please Post A Detailed Testimonial On Your Blog
Handout: Your Speaking Schedule for the Next Several Weeks
Try This Cool German Learning Mobile App: "Seedlang" (Download It From Your Phone's App Store)
SEMESTER EXAM INSTRUCTIONS = A Five Minute German Conversation (WITH NO NOTES/RESOURCES/HELP). Turn In Your Script.