How Can I Learn German?
How to Learn German Efficiently
by Jada Godwin – Sprachen Akademie
German is quite a challenging language. While the ability to understand and communicate in German brings many benefits, mastering it may seem rather difficult at first. This blog post was specifically designed by Sprachen Akademie to advise and show you how to learn German in an efficient and easy way.
What You Need to Know Before Learning German
Before you dive into studying, it is important to know some fundamental basics of learning a language.
There are four skills that are essential in learning a new language. Those skills are Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Being capable of all four of them is what enables comprehensive communication and acts as the basis for truly mastering the language. So, to learn German on a broad scale you need to practice all these skills.
Language skills are divided into different levels. You may already have some basic skills in German and wish to become more fluent. Or you are a beginner and wish to be able to understand and speak basic German to find your way in a German-speaking environment. In order to learn German efficiently, it is important to know which level of competence your knowledge of a language corresponds to. The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF/CEFR) is a system to determine that level. It has six levels that are displayed in the chart below:
|A1 – Beginner||Basic communication and exchanging information in a simple way.
Example: I can understand and answer very simple questions such as ones about my name, my age, etc.
|A2 – Elementary||Simple communication and beginning to express oneself in familiar contexts.
Example: I can participate in simple conversations, ask and answer questions, understand short and simple emails and reply to them.
|B1 – Intermediate||Broader communication and being able to deal with familiar matters that are regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
Example: I can participate in simple discussions and meetings, hold short presentations, greet and speak with clients and briefly explain opinions and plans.
|B2 – Upper Intermediate||Fluent communication and expressing oneself on a range of topics.
Example: I can converse with native speakers about private and business matters, take part in phone conferences, hold presentations and write a clear and detailed text.
|C1 – Advanced||Advanced communication and the capacity to deal with unfamiliar topics.
Example: I can spontaneously and fluently speak on many topics at a private and business level, understand a wide range of demanding longer texts and write a well-structured, detailed text.
|C2 – Proficiency||Comprehensive communication on the level of a native speaker.
Example: I can easily and without problems understand nearly every text I hear or read. It is easy for me to communicate precisely and very fluently in every private as well as business situation.
3 Steps to Learning German:
Now that you know the basics of learning a language you can start learning German.
- First, you need to determine which level of the CEF your knowledge of German corresponds to in order to efficiently start your language training. Being aware of your level is vital to make sure that your training is as efficient as possible. Since the German language contains many elements that build on each other, you first need to master the basics before continuing to a more advanced level.
- Based on that level you can now plan your schedule. While putting together your schedule consider how much time you want to invest in practicing. How intense do you want your training to be? How many times per week do you want to study within which time frame? There are pros and cons to a shorter or a longer time frame. Figure out which intensity works best for you to achieve your individual study goals.
- The next thing to figure out is if you want to study German on your own or consider taking classes. Since German is a rather complex language, it is advisable to attend a course. Do you like to study by yourself or in a group? There are different types of courses that cover various preferences.
Learning a language as challenging as German may seem a bit overwhelming at first. However, with these steps you should be able to approach the task of learning German in a more structured way. As an established language institute with years of experience we at Sprachen Akademie are keen to help you on your journey to mastering German.
In order to help you learn German efficiently, we provide a free classification test to determine your level of competence. That way, we can ensure that we find the course best suited for you specifically. According to your personal preferences, you can choose from a wide range of courses, such as individual courses and customized private lessons, group courses, company courses, crash courses, evening courses and more. We also offer courses for all levels, from A1 to C2, so you can continue improving your skills after mastering a level. All courses come with a money-back-guarantee. Interested? Contact us today and try a free, non-binding trial lesson.