Learn German with BSL
German is spoken by more than 120 million people in Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Switzerland and in parts of Belgium, Northern Italy and Eastern France. It is a key language in the European Union and the new economies of Central and Eastern Europe. Even abroad, the German language seems to be in great demand. According to ZAF (Center for Education and Training), in 2015 about 15.4 million people attended German courses at schools, universities or language institutes; half a million more students than 5 years ago.
In addition, German belongs to the ten most popular languages ??in the world and that is why we also got an entry in the Guiness Book of World Records of 2006.
How to Speak German: The Faster Way to Learn German
Step 1: Find Your Big Why for Learning German
Even before you think about which materials to study, or your method for learning German, you need to take a step back and understand your underlying reason for wanting to speak German. This is your Big Why.
Step 2: Create a Mini-Germany in Your Home
You don’t need to live in Germany to immerse yourself in the German language. There are many ways to plunge yourself headfirst into German wherever you live. Here are a few of my top ways to bring Germany to your hometown:
- Make Your computer multilingual. Why not turn your computer into a German-only system?
- Find the German speakers in your city. Believe it or not, there are many communities of German speakers around the world. You may be near one and not even realize it!
- Watch German television and movies. Force yourself to focus by watching without subtitles.
- Listen to German music and podcasts. One of my favourites is GermanPod101.
Step 3: Use Language Hacks to Learn German Fast
Language hacks are shortcuts that help you learn a language faster.
Here are a few of my favourite language hacks that can help you learn German fast:
- Use Spaced Repetition Systems (SRS). SRS is a great method for memorizing vocabulary and phrases. It is probably the most effective hack you can use to pick up new vocabulary.
- Use Mnemonics. Mnemonics help you create associations to easily recall German words. The key to mnemonics? Use your imagination.
- Focus Your Study with the Pomodoro Technique. This technique allows you to break up your study sessions into smaller chunks of time resulting in better focus and a more effective learning experience.
Step 4: Use Conversational Connectors – How Beginners Can Get their Flow
Like most languages, German uses a set of call and response phrases that I call conversational connectors. These are crucial to everyday conversations, but they aren’t usually found in phrasebooks.