The German language is unique and is infamous for being “guttural” and “hard to learn”. That may be the case for some, however anyone can master the language easily if they are willing to invest the time and effort needed for the learning process.
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Start With The Basics
The alphabet and sentence structure are the basics of the language.
The German alphabet has 26 letters, 3 umlauts (Ä,Ö,Ü) and one ligature (ß). Some letters are pronounced very similar to the English pronunciation, but some others are a little different.
A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z, Ä, Ö, Ü, ß
The sentence structure has many cases. Understanding the grammar will greatly help to learn the language faster. The first rule is to know the position of the verb. The verb position in simple sentences is number 2, meaning it is the second thing after the noun, this rule has certain exceptions. The simple German sentence is as follows:
Subject + Modifiers [Position 1]– Main Verb (+Adverbs, if applicable) [Position 2]– Objects + Phrases [Position 3].
Learn Like a Baby
When you were born you didn’t speak your mother tongue language, it took time and the learning process was first by listening. You should learn German like a new born baby learns a language.
What comes first to your mind when you listen to “Der Strand”. It is the German word for “The Beach”. Got my point!? Use pictures while learning to build an image into your mind as the word pop up in your ears.
German is like any other language, has 4 skills that are needed to be practiced. Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
Listening: Listening: This is the first skill you will need to practice. Simply listening to people speaking in German, even if you don’t understand anything, will train your mind and ears to soak in the words and identify the structure of the sentences, as well as how to connect multiple sentences to each other.
Speaking: Repeat, repeat and repeat. That is how you will learn and practice anything, You need to be consistent with the language. Use the words you have studied and repeat them out loud, don’t be shy if you make mistakes, we all do. Try to find a native speaking partner to practice the language with. The more you talk and correct your mistakes, the faster you will master the language.
Reading: Start with reading what interests you. You don’t have to read articles about Astronomy. Start with something basic like food, traveling, culture, languages, weather. When you start reading you will see different styles of writing, you will learn how to use the words correctly in their perfect place and you will learn new language expressions.
Reading will improve your writing and speaking skills, as you will use other people’s words and sentences to build your own. With time you will understand the language structure and the words’ usages faster and German will be as easy as English.
Writing: As previously mentioned, reading articles will help improve your writing skills. Naturally, you will have to develop your own style and may even use words differently depending on your interests. At first, you could start by writing what interests you, again, you must be consistent with writing. In the beginning start writing your daily habits, what you have eaten, or what you did throughout your day.
Try to describe your room, what you like and what you don’t life. Implementing these steps will guarantee a smooth conversation with strangers.
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