Tips To Learn German Fast

by erin on December 13, 2010

If you are eager to learn German fast, there are lots of different things you can do to make sure it comes more quickly. When learning a new foreign language, it is important to surround yourself with the language. In your classes, ensure that you get to practice speaking a lot and that your class is taught completely in German.

It is best to learn a language through immersion, which means being surrounded by the language 24/7. This can be hard when you live in an English speaking country but there are things that you can do to increase your exposure to the language. Using the internet is one of the best things you can do to become fluent.

Being an English speaker, there are some parts of the two languages which resemble each other as English is considered a Germanic language. A lot of the vocabulary is somewhat similar and this makes it easier to remember the new words. With some languages which are totally unrelated to the new language you are trying to learn, you can find it takes much longer to become proficient. You will find however, that much of the grammar is very different from English: it uses gender for a start and many grammar structures are quite different.

In order to become proficient in another language, you have to immerse yourself in it. The first thing to do is to decide which method of learning you want to use predominantly. Options usually available are live classes in a classroom, software programs or online learning through online teachers. There are good and bad things about each so you have to decide what type of learning is going to be best suited for you.

Relying on just your classes to get you to a level of fluency is not really going to cut it. In one or two hours of classes a week, you are not going to be exposed to the language enough to really become fluent quickly. If, however, you use the classes as the basis of your learning and take responsibility for your own learning, you will see the results very quickly.

The internet should become your best friend when you are trying to learn German. Through the net, you can surround yourself with the language without having to travel to Germany. You can reinforce your classes with extra language practice by looking for target language and grammar exercises for free.

There are also websites where you can set up language exchanges with native German speakers. On these websites you can use chat software or video chatting software to interact with a native speaker and practice your speaking and listening abilities. The sites are free to join and you can practice German one time and then English the next exchanging language practice with each other. Practicing speaking as much as you can is going to help you to develop your language skills as quickly as possible.

The internet is an invaluable learning tool in order for you to build on the grammar lessons that you learn in your classes. When choosing German classes, make sure that the instruction is communicative and allows you to become involved in the class and talk as much as possible. Classes where you are stuck listening to the teacher talk and are simply talking notes are of little value if you want to become proficient quickly.

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