You are here, clearly displays your seriousness to learn German. Thus we would try and help you as much as possible so you can clarify any doubts you may have!
We all know that it takes consistent practice to improve our German skills. Learning German though appears difficult could be possible if we practice simple yet effective steps on a daily basis. German is among the top ten languages spoken across the globe. Professional or personal, whatever is your reason or driving force to learn this language keep it fun, interesting and engaging for continuous learning.
Let’s see what you can do every day to improve your German skills
Memorizing the vocabulary and grammar rules are definitely important while learning any new language. As you learn the vocabulary and grammar in German make an effort to use them in different salutations in your day-to-day life. Also, beginners can start using the vocabulary they learn in very simple sentences.
Start with some basic expressions for greetings, or talking about your day-to-day chores in German. If you observe, the vocabulary used for daily activities are quite repetitive. You can learn them very quickly with consistent use.
We have all heard that immersion is the best method to learn a new language. While it may not be possible for everyone to move to Germany to learn the language, switching to the language is quite possible in this technologically advanced world. From your phone settings to your YouTube or website search list you can switch your language settings to German which would help you learn the language at a faster pace.
Make an effort to speak in German every day. You can find someone through a language exchange program or join a German group in your locality if possible where you get an opportunity to learn the language and practice it with other learners.
If you have to practice German all by yourself, you can try maintaining a journal or writing a blog in German where you describe daily activities in German. This can also become your point of reference as you make progress.
Practice pronouncing the letters and words correctly from the beginning. It is important because some German letters are pronounced differently when compared to English. Also, “st” and “sp” are pronounced differently when used at the beginning and end of a word. The sound of z or alternate forms of “ch”, pronouncing the umlauts are all important and it is crucial to pronounce the letters and words correctly to make yourself comprehensible to others.
Learning a new language is all about practice. As you memorize new vocabulary and understand the grammar rules, try to integrate them into what you have learnt already. This would ensure that you do not forget what you learnt earlier.
Listening, overlooked or ignored by many, is an important skill in learning a new language.
Usually, the pace at which native speakers speak a language is faster than a beginner or a learner. Thus, training your ears to listen to German would definitely help in understanding a native speaker and pick up the language faster. For this, you can start with simple audio and then move to discussions or programs on television.
As you practice all these, you can also join an online class where you get an opportunity to interact with a teacher who can help you learn the language in an organized and structured manner thus making the learning easier for you.