To become fluent in German in a reasonable amount of time, a good study method and daily dedication are needed. As you embark on your German learning journey, you will need to memorize the rules of German grammar and also when they are to be used or when the rules are to be broken when writing and speaking.
The steps below will guide you on how to go about your German learning journey.
Step1: Read Regularly
To improve, the first step to take to improve your German is to read regularly in German. For beginners, this might seem scary, but it is one of the best ways to get into the language and become acquainted with its patterns. The more you read, the more the mind begins to become naturally acquainted with German sentence structure. When reading, beginners are to start with the English version then after reading in German with a German dictionary and writing down words that appear repeatedly. For those that have a little knowledge of German, you can start by reading first in German to see what you can pick then read the English version for clarity.
Step 2: Explore German Media
It is never too early to start listening to how the native speakers speak. You can explore German media by searching for a German TV show or YouTube video you enjoy and watching it regularly. German TV shows are great for hearing casual spoken German, and for also learning about German culture. Pay attention to familiar words and see if you can take note of any common expressions. Pay attention to humor or social rules that can be found. Reading German news every day is also a great way to learn about issues that are important to Germans and you will see essential vocabulary and formal grammatically correct language.
Step 3: Have a Daily Journal
Challenge yourself by putting your thoughts down on paper in German and skip English entirely. This will help force your mind to start thinking in and learn German instead of moving each step through the translation process. Thinking in German is a crucial and significant step toward fluency.