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How to Speak German? 5 easy solo steps to Learn German

How to Speak German: 5 easy solo steps to Learn German

How to Speak German: 5 easy solo steps to Learn German

During my travels around the world and in conversations with language learners, I found that German is often seen as a difficult language.

Yes, the German vocabulary is gender-specific. Yes, there are some long words to learn. And yes, the grammar is not always intuitive.

But there is a lot about German that is easy too.

I would like to share six steps so that you learn how to speak German. This is Sprachhacker's approach to learning German. Try these steps and you will speak German faster than you ever thought possible.

Step 1: create a mini Germany in your home

You don't have to live in Germany to immerse yourself in the German language. There are many ways to dive headfirst into German wherever you live. Here are some of my key ways to get Germany to your hometown:

  • Make your computer multilingual.
  • Find German speakers in your city. Believe it or not, there are many German-speaking communities around the world. You can be close to one and not even notice!
  • Watch German television and films. Force yourself to concentrate by watching without subtitles.
  • Listen to German music and podcasts.
Step 2: Use language hacks to learn German quickly

Language hacks are shortcuts that allow you to learn a language faster.

Here are some of my favorite language hacks to help you learn German quickly:

  • Use Spaced Repetition Systems (SRS). SRS is a great way to memorize vocabulary and phrases. It is probably the most effective hack that you can use to learn new vocabulary.
  • Use mnemonics. With Mnemonics, you can create associations to easily reproduce German words. The key to mnemonics? Use your imagination.
  • Concentrate your studies with the Pomodoro technique. This technique allows you to split your learning units into smaller periods, which leads to better concentration and a more effective learning experience.

Step 3: Use Conversation Connectors - How Beginners Can Get Their Flow

Like most languages, German uses a series of call and answer phrases that I call conversation connectors. These are crucial for everyday conversations but are not usually found in language books.

Here's an example of how they work. When someone asks you, "How's your hotel room?" Instead of answering "um ... good", which ends things pretty much immediately, you can add phrases and expressions to give what you say a more organic feel. You could say, "To tell the truth, that's a good question. The hotel room is good. Thanks for the question. How is your hotel room ". This is the same answer if conversation connectors were added.

Conversation connectors are extremely useful because you can use them in a variety of situations, including. if you agree with someone, share your opinion or change the subject.

Step 4: Find native speakers and speak from day one

To improve your German quickly, you need to speak from the first day you start learning German. This speaks from day one. This is the fastest and most efficient way to learn German - especially if you speak to native German speakers.

How do you find native speakers to practice with? It's a lot easier than you think.

No matter where you live, you can still find people who speak German, either online or offline. I connect with German-speaking people through:

  • Browsing italki. italki is my contact point to find native German speakers. The prices are reasonable (especially compared to face-to-face private lessons) and you can meet from the comfort of your own home.
  • Meeting with German learners. At MeetUp.com you will find weekly German meetups in many major cities around the world. I also used CouchSurfing successfully to get in touch with German learners and native speakers.
  • Install the HelloTalk app on my smartphone. This handy language learning app will help you connect with other language learners around the world and is a great place to practice speaking German.

Step 5: Focus on the easy parts of German

Many people think that German is a very difficult language to learn. I do not buy this view.

German has many things that make it much easier than many other languages. When learning German, the trick is to focus on the parts of German that are easy to understand. Along with that, you can find hacks to help you get around the parts that are perceived to be the most difficult.

German is an easy language to learn because it has:

  • No tones, like there are in Chinese or Thai
  • No links between words like in French
  • Many of the same letters as English, unlike Japanese or Korean
  • No postposition or preposition suffixes, like in Hungarian or Turkish
  • No strings of consonants that are difficult to pronounce like in Czech.
Also, German is a phonetic language. This means that (with a few exceptions), you know exactly how to pronounce a word when you see it spelled. Likewise, when you hear a word, you can almost always write it. English, on the other hand, has all kinds of awesome pronunciation problems. "Corpse, body, horse and worse" all sound different despite the same "or" in the middle of them.

In addition to this, many parts of German grammar are the same as English, as they are both parts of the family of Germanic languages. The older Anglo-Saxon texts are particularly close to the German language. Even more recent classics, like Shakespeare, are closer to the German roots of English.

Another way of looking at it is to ask yourself, "How could Shakespeare have said it?" For example, "you" is not far from the German "du". Likewise, "yours" is very similar to "dein" in German.