How to teach myself German at home?
Learning German or any other language is not just an activity that you can do at a particular time of the day. It is something that needs complete immersion and total dedication where you are completely engrossed in the language most of your time. This is for you if you are wondering about how to teach yourself German at home.
Let's see how to do all by yourself
Find a strong reason that motivates you
It takes a lot of commitment to learning a new language and if you do not have a strong reason, you probably find it difficult to stay motivated especially if you are learning it all by yourself at home. Your reason can be something quantifiable such as finding a good job in a German company or unquantifiable such as your interest to learn new languages.
Find suitable resources for learning
Not all learning resources suit everyone. Find what interests you and how you learn a new language. It could be books, videos, audio podcasts and even free or paid online classes that you can attend at home.
Choose something that interests you
Obviously, pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary are all very important aspects of learning a new language. Equally important are to be able to read and write in German. To keep things interesting, you can choose topics of your personal interest. Food, travel, fashion or any other such topics that you personally are interested in can be chosen and you can start with vocabulary related to them.
Make the best use of language learning hacks that you know
Different things work for different people when it comes to learning. Mnemonics, spaced repetition systems, flashcards, or creating stories with different words can all work for you. You can combine these techniques or some of them to learn German.
Find a native German speaker to practice
You need not travel to Germany to be able to practice with a native German speaker. There are many forums and language exchange platforms available online that can help you find a German speaker to practice. This is an excellent way of learning because rather than just learning the language through rules you are able to learn it through conversations which is easier to remember and serves the purpose of better communication in German the best.
Start speaking from day one
We all want to be perfect before we start doing something. However, language especially when it comes to the conversation does not work like that. You only become perfect once you start speaking the language. Thus, do not wait to learn everything. Just start speaking in German and you will learn in the process.
Train your brain to think in German
It is natural to think in our native language. When learning German just try to think in German. Begin with simple things. You can start naming things in your house or find sentences related to them in German. You can also practice speaking in front of the mirror.
Add German to your life in every possible way
From changing your phone settings to the German language to watching movies or tuning into German radio stations are all different ways to incorporate the German language into your life.
Join an online course
There are numerous courses available online that you can learn from, from the comfort of your home. Online courses also allow you the flexibility of learning at a time that suits your other personal commitments at your own pace. You can find a one-to-one teaching session or join a group session where you have company of other learners as well.
An online course combined with all the other methods can help you learn German at home.