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how to learn german? - My 8 fun ways - German Learning

how to learn german? - My 8 fun ways - German Learning

how to learn german? - My 8 fun ways - German Learning

Learn German: My 8 fun ways

Do you have to learn German to survive in Germany? The answer is yes and no. It depends on what you want to do in Germany and how long you want to stay there. If you're only on vacation, you can probably survive without learning German. Especially if you are in a tourist area, there are enough people who can speak English.

But if you stay in Germany longer, it will be a different story. If you study at a university in Germany and your program is 100% in English, you will probably survive without learning German (with the help of your university and friends). However, there will be times when you feel frustrated because you cannot figure things out on your own and may not know what is going on all the time. I wrote about it in another article: What is it like to live in Germany without speaking German?

Learn German to have a future in Germany!

If you are planning a future in Germany (find a job and live there longer), you have to learn German! In my case, I came to do my Masters in Germany, hoping to find a job after graduation and stay here. That is why I tried countless methods to learn German. I don't have much talent in learning new languages. It took me years to speak German. My contribution 5 Ways to Learn a New Language Faster summarizes the five best options that were most suitable for me when learning German. I understand that everyone is different. The best methods for me may not be the best methods for you. And these 5 options were not my only options for learning German. So I want to introduce you to other options that I have tried:

1. Attach a memo sticker to each object

I did this to learn German when I came to Germany. I put a memo sticker on many different objects at home. For example, there is a memo sticker on my table that says “the table”. Another memo sticker "of the answers" stuck on my fridge. I hoped that it would help me to better remember the German words of all these objects since I would see these memo stickers every day. We must always learn a noun along with its article that dictates gender.

I did that for a while and then I stopped. Because I realized that it didn't help me that much. At some point, I got used to the memo stickers and just never really looked at them. It was also time-consuming to create all the memo stickers.

2. Use an app

You can also use apps to learn German. There are apps you can use to save your vocabulary. Use a vocabulary trainer. playa quiz game ... I've tried a few. It was pretty cool in the beginning. But for some reason, I just didn't use it. I am more of a person who learns with paper and pen.

Still, I like dict.cc and the Google translation app. I used it most of the time. You are my online dictionary. I like the Google translation app because it allows me to take pictures and translate the picture immediately. If I just want to look up a single word, I prefer dict.cc. I think the translation in dict.cc is better in the sense that it has more different English meanings for each German word.

3. Take my quiz cards

As I mentioned earlier, I'm more of a person who learns with paper and pen. I've created my vocabulary test cards in the past. I used a few small paper cards. I wrote the German word on the front of the card. And I wrote the English translation in the back. I also did that with German sentences. I was aiming to make 10 cards a day. After a few days, I had quite a few cards and always carried them around with me. I read it when I was on the subway or when I was waiting for someone.

I like to use this method to learn German until I have so many cards that they are no longer manageable. It was also quite time-consuming to make all of the cards.

4. Reading interesting books in German

Did you see the movie The Hunger Games? I saw it in the cinema and I really liked it. After a while I spoke to a friend who also learned German. She told me that she had read The Hunger Games in German, and she encouraged me to read it too. At that time I was about German level B1. I said, "No, I would never understand the book! It sounds so complicated and my German is so bad! “So I didn't do anything.

After a while she told me that she had started reading the second part of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. She didn't forget me. She lent me the first part of The Hunger Games (paper book) and asked me to read it again.

I wanted to be polite and not reject her. So I borrowed her book. In the beginning I forced myself to read it (because I couldn't keep the book forever and I should give it back to her at some point! That was my biggest motivation for reading).

It was difficult for the first 10 pages. I checked so many words in the dictionary and read them extremely slowly. After the first 10 pages, however, I read faster and faster. Because I realized that I didn't have to check every word. Sometimes I could follow without knowing the meaning of every word. And the big plus here is: Since I've already seen the film, I knew more or less what the story was about. That helped me a lot with reading. Reading the book also helped me learn many German words.

5. German lessons and exercises

I have the feeling that I never stopped taking different German courses. When I was in university, I went to their German class (free). Outside of university, I took most of my German courses at the adult education center (VHS). This is the most economical option. The quality of the lessons strongly depends on the teachers. I had very good and very bad teachers.

If you are free from university and work, I recommend an intensive course to learn German. Otherwise, in VHS they usually have courses once a week (3 hours) or twice a week (1.5 hours). Simply Google VHS with your city name and you will find the closest VHS to your location.

Remember, German lessons only help if you are disciplined and do all your homework! If you just go to class without doing anything afterwards, it won't help you much. I was very aggressive at the time. I went into a B1 class when I only had the A2 level. I had a very difficult time in class. But I was super hard-working. I read the whole chapter before I went to class and checked all the words I didn't know. That helped me a lot so that I could follow the teacher. And of course I did all my homework and learned the vocabulary after class.

6. Change your website to the German version

When I first came to Germany, I used Google Chrome a lot to translate every website into English. After a while, when I had a little more knowledge of German, I stopped using the translation function. Instead, I changed many of my websites to the German version: Facebook, Gmail, Amazon ...

It can be pretty annoying at first. But I got used to it pretty quickly. And I've learned a lot more vocabulary since I've been using these websites all the time. If you want to have an office job in the future, this vocabulary is very useful for you. For example, if you change Gmail to German, you'll learn all of the German vocabulary for sending the email.

7. Watch YouTube video

There are many free online materials that you can use to learn German. Youtube video is one of them. There is a video for beginners to learn German that contains interesting stories and subtitles.

I always think that it is better to find a fun way to learn German. For example, read or watch something that you enjoy. If you find it difficult to learn (memorize), after a while you will be fed up and unable to enjoy the process.

8. Play the same German story again and again

Okay, this is a little bit crazy. I read a children's book. (Even so, it was not so easy for me at the time). And I had audio of it with about 10 chapters. So I played the sound every night when I went to bed. Sometimes I fell asleep immediately without hearing anything from the audio. Sometimes, if I didn't sleep right away, I heard the story in the first few chapters until I fell asleep.

I played the same audio every night to learn German. At some point I could even remember the whole story. (I'm sure I best memorized the first chapter!) Since reading this book, I've known the background of the story. Even after many years, I can still remember the tone of the people speaking in the audio and what they said ...

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