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Can I learn German in 3 months? - learn german

Can I learn German in 3 months? - learn german 

Can I learn German in 3 months? - learn german

You can learn to speak German fluently in 3 months
If you, like me, follow the work of productivity gurus on the Internet, you may feel, as I have been, that you can learn a language in as little as three months. With this in mind, I moved to Germany full of energy, I launched myself headlong into German lessons and I fully believed that within a year, I would be fluent. Three years later, I can carry on a conversation but I am far from speaking fluently. But right now, I've learned a few things about learning German.

The first thing you need to understand is that English speakers have a very different definition of "speaking a language" to the rest of the world. When I arrived in Munich, I went to a bar with a friend of mine who had lived here for a few years. I watched in amazement as he ordered our meals in German. After the long exchange with the waiter, I said to him: "wow, you speak fluently!" Of course, I did not understand the exchange with the server, I could not know how he had destroyed the language with his horrible accent, confusing grammar, and childish vocabulary. The waiter had been courteous and patient and so, despite the train wreckage, they had finally got there, but to me, it didn't sound like magic.

It wasn't until a year or two later that he hit me, it was a magic trick. I understood how people like Tim Ferriss and Benny the Irish Polyglot had deceived so many people, including me, thinking that 3 months were possible. It is easy to deceive a native English speaker into thinking that you are fluent because he does not know what fluently means. For English speakers, either you speak a language or you do not. English speakers do not realize that there is a vast wasteland filled with landscapes of a thousand shades of gray that must be crossed to go from zero to current.

Most Germans under the age of 30 speak English at a level that is hard to say is anything but fluent. However, when they go to a native English country, most inevitably have trouble understanding the locals. The slang spreads on each exchange, strong accents point the vowels, which makes a word sound like another and the speed of native speech leaves no room for their burnt earring to catch up, leaving them hard to head and a desperate desire for some soothing lines of Tatort. It is the experience of a person who has learned English, mainly in school for 15 to 20 years. Most need a good year before their ears fully agree with these locations. Now, if it takes a speaker running a year to be fully comfortable in their new country, how long will it take you, the person who learned yesterday to say 'ja' and 'nein', to be able to live day by day in Germany? Three months? You dream.

There is no minimum effective dose (which represents 80% of "speaking German"?), No shortcut, and no quick fix for learning a language. There are a million apps, books, courses, techniques, websites, tutors, meetings, conferences, podcasts and gurus, some work for me but won't work for you, some work when you are a beginner but not when you are intermediate and others work when you are at the intermediate level but not as a beginner, some work when you have a job and have to work full time, others only work when you have all day to focus on learning. The one thing they all have in common is that they all take time, discipline, intelligence, and commitment. You can't give up, you have to stick with everything you do, be aware enough to know when something is not working, and then move on to another method. You have to keep doing this for a long time and my friends, it's very hard.

Think carefully about your reasons for learning a language. If you want to achieve fluidity, know that you commit for at least a few years, if not the rest of your life.

If you look at it only from the point of view of effort vs. reward, it makes almost no sense. You can have moments of admiration from English-speaking friends or strange compliments from a German on your progress (if you're lucky)… but the real reward is simply being able to do everyday things in a different country: read the map fire evacuation, understanding the train ticket machine, reading a magazine, talking to an older person about the weather, reading the newspaper, having a conversation with someone about politics, asking for instructions, understanding why someone is mad at you, being able to get angry in return, write a story, give a speech, write a love letter, watch a movie without subtitles, read a contract, attend a class weekend, give a weekend course. It's the real mastery test and it's just not possible in 3 months. Sorry friends.

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