How to learn German
23 NOVEMBER, 2017 EDUCATION ERIN O'NEILL
The German language is mainly spoken in three European countries: Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
It is also spoken in Liechtenstein, and it is one of the official languages of Belgium and Luxembourg.
WHY SHOULD I LEARN GERMAN?
Nowadays, German is important in many fields of work and research; but equally important is the fact that it is a wealthy language, especially in terms of culture, and has a long history. In addition to that, there are many wonderful places to discover in all countries where German is spoken. So, viel Glück!
HOW CAN I LEARN GERMAN?
You can LEARN GERMAN by enrolling in a language course, and you can further build upon your German studies with endless sources of materials. There are many resources to help you learn on the internet, as well as a staggering variety of books, films and music in German. On top of that, there are many useful graded readers in German which are aimed at all levels.
IS GERMAN GRAMMAR DIFFICULT?
Let us be honest: German grammar is not easy, but studying it becomes easier when it is broken down into smaller chunks. Furthermore, German grammar has a certain logic to it and there are fewer exceptions to the rules than in most other European languages.
HOW CAN I LEARN GERMAN PRONUNCIATION?
It is important to get German pronunciation right from the very beginning, which can be achieved through arduous repetition. From my own experience of learning German, I found that reading German texts aloud can have extraordinary results.
Most German media is produced in Hochdeutsch, the standard version of the language. It is a very helpful learning resource, especially in terms of listening and pronunciation.
This post was written by Dimitris Kottis, an ESL teacher at TLG BIRMINGHAM, with valuable contributions from German teacher Betty Kassa and her students.