Learning German made easy
A new language can sometimes be complicated. Three language students reveal their tips and tricks for learning German.
Three genders, umlauts and the dative push some German learners to their limits. But the effort is worth it, and the German language is not as difficult to learn as many think. With 100 million native speakers, German is the most widely spoken mother tongue in Europe. In addition, an estimated 15.4 million people worldwide learn German as a foreign language. Whether listening to music or watching TV, learning German can be diverse and entertaining. Three language students reveal their tips and tricks for learning German.
“When I started learning German, I had problems with the pronunciation of umlauts. We have no comparable sounds in Spanish. So I used other languages that I already knew, such as French. The French “eu” is very similar to the German “ü”. That’s how I learned to pronounce difficult German words correctly.”
“The best way to learn German is to listen to other people and try to integrate familiar words and sentences, such as greetings, into your everyday use. I try to speak as much German as possible. That’s why, for example, in restaurants I order and in the supermarket I speak to the cashier in German. The more you talk, the easier it is to learn the language."
“It helps me a lot to see and hear films and music in German. Films you have already seen are especially good for this. Watching them, you have the advantage of being able to follow the action even if you don’t understand everything said. In this way you get used to the sound of the language and learn new vocabulary almost automatically.”
The YouTuber Lina Vasquez has put together further tips on how you can motivate yourself to learn a language. Lina was born in Lithuania and speaks eight languages: German, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Spanish and Russian. She has lived in Australia and Germany and is currently living in London. In this video Lina tells how her year abroad in Germany influenced her.
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