Quickest Way To Learn German
Monday, May 30th, 2011

Unarguably, the best and perhaps the quickest way to learn German is for you to immerse yourself in the culture. Surrounding yourself with native German speakers and the German culture can help you to absorb the language and mannerisms more quickly, but for the majority of people, packing up and moving to Germany just to learn the language is not an option. The trick is to find a medium at which you can surround yourself with German culture without setting foot on German soil.

The first way is to surround yourself with the language requires a pack of sticky notes. Consider your daily routines; decide which activities you do the most and which items in your home you use the most. Once you have your list, use a German dictionary and translate your list into German. Write each activity or item on a sticky note along with its German translation and stick the note where it is most convenient. For example, if your chosen item is “refrigerator,” put the note on the refrigerator. If your chosen activity is “washing hands,” put the note near the sink. This can help you learn through repetition because you will see the notes and associate the German translation with the activity or item.

Consider looking for material designed for German children. Music containing children’s songs and children’s books are especially helpful. Music and books written for children in any language contain very basic material, making them great learning tools for adults. For example, German music that teaches children numbers, colors, and common items can help you remember them through song. When you feel more comfortable with basic sentence structure, try your hand at other samples of German music, preferably music with accompanying lyrics so that you can read them as you listen and translate as you go.

Set a goal for yourself and schedule time every day for your German lessons. Even a short 30-minute lesson can be helpful. You can even make a game out of it by testing yourself later in the day and awarding yourself points for every phrase or word you remember. Also try to apply your German in your everyday life. When you go into the kitchen to gather ingredients for dinner, see if you can identify each food item in German. The more you incorporate German into your routine, the more you will remember.

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