If you want to learn to speak German, it may seem like an insurmountable goal. It can be hard to learn a foreign language, and German is no different. But there are quite a few simple things that will help you learn German. Let’s take a look at the major things you should be doing, and see why and how they are useful as you learn to speak German.
The Keys To Learning A Foreign Language
First, listen to German. Get your ear used to the sounds. Listen to books on tape, or your class lessons in German. Hear it over and over, so your ear becomes accustomed to the intonations and phrasing. It will help you learn German.
You may feel silly at first, because your mouth won’t be accustomed to making those sounds, but really, who cares? Only if you say the words aloud can you be sure you’re making them the way you think you are. It’s best if you are around people who can help you correct the sounds as you learn, but practicing alone is also valuable.
Read in German
If you can get your hands on children’s picture books in German, terrific! That is a great way to get used to seeing the written language, and in a format you are more able to understand as you are learning. If you can’t find a picture book, find something else. Go to German websites, or websites that are designed to help you learn German. There are many of them, and quite a few of them are totally free.
Sing in German
Yes, sing! Singing can often help a person form words that are tricky when spoken, but for some reason the breath control in singing can help, the same way a person who struggles with stuttering can often sing with no stuttering problem at all. Find some German folk songs or lullabies and sing along.
Play in German
Games are a great way to learn German without stress. Whether a paper and pencil game, or an interactive game in German, or a game over the computer, playing is a way to reinforce the information you’re learning. Games are particularly helpful for things like practicing the names of colors, or numbers, or days of the week…things where the repetition can get boring without some type of game to make things more unpredictable and fun. Your teacher will likely have you play in class but there are also resources for playing on the internet. Many of the games on the internet are absolutely free, and they are a way to play that works well for today’s technologically savvy students.
Think in German
The quicker you can learn to think in German, the easier it will be for you to segue into the German language. So when you think, think in German.