Archive fluency in the German Language
Is learning German too difficult? Is it a language not meant for a non-native speaker or for a person for whom German is a second language?
No language is difficult to learn if learned by all one’s heart and learned by applying effective ways.
Let us see a few techniques that one can apply to attain fluency in the German language
Popular techniques you can use
Use a German Dictionary
Keep a small size pocket dictionary handy. It can be English to German, or from any other language to German, whichever language the learner of the German language is comfortable with. One can refer to any word that one hears, in the dictionary, and start developing one’s vocabulary at a rapid pace. For example: if one hears someone say, “I am going to the airport,” one can immediately search for the word for the airport in the German language, considering that one always carries a pocket dictionary with oneself.
Theme based learning should be given preference
Random reading or learning German words randomly can be difficult to remember. If the learning is theme or task or assignment based, the words or the core vocabulary is easy to remember. For example: if one writes a short story in the language that one knows, and then tries to translate it into German, the probability of one being able to remember the words in the target language increases manifold.
Watch and listen to German news
When one listens to a news channel in the target language, that is, the language that one intends to learn, one’s vocabulary as well as one’s pronunciations are sure to improve a lot. Watching the news along with the videos of reported stories has added benefits. One can know more words as compared to only listening. For example, if there is a story based on excavation, the pictures, images, videos help one figure out what words are used for which objects.
Watch simple videos by German language tutors
One can watch videos meant for beginners of German language learning in which German language experts demonstrate how to pronounce words, or teach new vocabulary by means of images, pictures, or actions, thereby making words and lessons easy to remember for learners.
Readout an article in German loudly
Reading aloud benefits a learner of a language more than reading silently to oneself. How?
When one reads anything aloud, one’s pronunciations of various syllables, words, etc. tend to improve, and one’s speech develops drastically.
Speak to a German knowing person in the German language
One of the best ways to improve one’s speech is to speak to anyone acquainted with the target language in the target language itself. In the beginning, one might make mistakes, pronounce words incorrectly, but if one finds a good German teacher in a friend, peer, colleague, or a neighbor who will try his or her best to help one improve one’s German language skills, oral communication in German could be a highly effective way to develop one’s German-speaking skills.
Design tests for yourself
Can anyone ever design a test for oneself?
Yes, why not?
It is not the same as playing chess alone, changing sides alternately, and yet claiming that one is playing impartially!
Well, let me explain what I mean!
You can write a few questions in a language already known to you, and keep them aside to answer at a later date in the target language.
Or you can write a few sentences in the well-known language, and translate them into the target language as a test.
Now, here you can definitely be impartial because you are not going to look for the answers in any book before answering the test.
After answering the test, you can look for answers in a book to assess your improvement or test your level of proficiency or fluency in a language.
Get the popular books for German learning
There are many books for learners belonging to various levels of German learning. These books can be easily searched by using keywords such as ‘best books for learning German, German for beginners, advanced German learning, etc.’ They are readily available on many e-book platforms or online book stores.
Take Online German learning classes
One can learn a language by oneself to a certain level, beyond doubt! If one, however, wishes to attain expertise in a language or master a language to be able to speak like a native speaker, one must take a proper, well-designed language learning course. Now, the German language can be learned online without having to waste time commuting to attend any physical classroom training. Edtech platforms that have evolved from conventional language training institutes facilitate German learning online via audio-visual learning sessions. These online German courses also help students prepare for TestDaF (Test Deutsch ALS Fremdsprache) which is the Test of German as a Foreign Language or a globally recognized test of proficiency in the German language for non-native German speakers