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Connect with Authentic German Learning and other German learners via WhatsApp!
There are two WhatsApp groups you can join:
- The Authentic German Learning Fan Group
- The Authentic German Learning Premium WhatsApp Group
Authentic German Learning Fan Group
There is a AGL Fan Group for German learners like you, come join us!
This group is very lightly moderated. Fair warning: Sometimes, it can get a little crazy!
Unfortunately I don’t have time to check in every day so you won’t always get an answer from me if you ask a question there. This is a place where German learners discuss amongst themselves. If you want guidance from me, you should check out the Academy. You see, as a paying member, you can also join the Premium WhatsApp Group and get answers from me within 24 hours.
The Rules of the Fan Group
- Please read these rules.
Once you clicked on the link below, you will be added to the vetting group. Attention: You will not be added to the fan group, you will be added to the vetting group. Feel free to add me to your contacts (since I’m a fellow participant in the group). In order to make sure you read the rules, I need you to state your name and that you have read the rules in the vetting group. If you don’t do this right away, I will assume you haven’t read the rules. Only if you do, I will add you to the actual fan group (and remove you from the vetting group).
- Always write in German.
The only exception: If you can’t ask or answer in German, you can write in English about the German language.
- Don’t harass.
You’re not allowed to send private messages to other group members unless asked or if you had a prior relationship with the person. If someone does it to you, please send me a screen shot and I will ban that member.
- Be respectful.
Treat everyone in the group with respect. No sexist or demeaning jokes.
- Say something meaningful.
What is a question you’re pondering? What did you learn recently? How was your vacation? Which resources are helping you the most? We want to know!
Feel free to share as much as you like. Don’t worry, I’m a nice moderator – I want you to feel free to also write things that are just mildly interesting or meaningful.
Political content is okay, but only if it’s also furthering language education, i.e. instead of “Vote X!”, write a text in German explaining your reasons why you think X is a good idea. If someone has gone to the effort of writing out arguments, criticize the ideas, not the person.
It’s okay to greet people once in a while, but in my opinion phrases like “Hallo!”, “Guten Tag!”, “Wie geht’s?”, “Gut, und dir?” just get boring after a while. I point this out because I think some German learners rely on these phrases too much and tell themselves they practiced German; they don’t go out of their comfort zone and don’t even use different greeting phrases. Which leads us to:
- Get out of your comfort zone!
This group is is for active participants, not lurkers.
I know, it can sometimes be hard to write in a foreign language, especially when you think you are making many mistakes. No problem, you won’t get any negative judgment in this group. It’s okay to make mistakes and they help us learn, after all.
This group depends on the participation of German learners like you. So go ahead and write something or even share audio of yourself speaking German! No sweet without sweat.
Violation of the first 3 rules leads to an immediate ban from the group. I might change the rules in the future; then I will post a link to this page in the group.
Join the regular WhatsApp Group
Have you made sure you read the rules above? Then, and only then, click the button below, join the WhatsApp group and have fun learning German!
Premium WhatsApp Group for German leaners
There is another WhatsApp group that you can join. There, you get quick answers to any question you might have.
Join the Premium Study Group
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