German is a language you have to admit is not easy to learn, and few are those who manage to master it easily or even after several years in the country. In less than two years, I managed to speak the German language as I speak French or better than my English today. I personally find that quite incredible. As a result, I had flattering remarks like “It is amazing how you express yourself and with no accent” or “I was convinced that you were born here”.
Before we begin, I will pick up prejudices and say that I am not a language genius. I am even far from it!
If you also want to learn easily, quickly and effectively (which is not impossible in fact), you can do the following:
1. Learn the language directly in the country.
Immersing yourself in an environment where the language is mostly spoken will offer you much faster progress. I completed all my language levels (from A1 to C1) here. In broad terms, it exposes you to get used to the local accents from the beginning. Without even noticing it. In the beginning, it will be difficult to grasp the language to the point of not being able to understand a single word. However, in this way your hearing will develop faster in terms of understanding which is key.
In addition to the fact that, words have to be heard and answered in repetitions, it helps you assimilate the bases more naturally and say them again in a natural and immediate way.
Additionally , even the one who starts later can quickly get used to it. It all depends on your personal motivation, your attention span, or even your German entourage(friends). Everyone decides about their own development!
2. Imitate what you see and hear.
It has certainly happened to you before to imitate someone or something, for pleasure or just for teasing; with relatives or alone.
During your walks, your activities or courses, you will hear people speak. It will therefore be easy to imitate their accent over time in order to make it your own and thus ease your fluidity later.
I did it in a situation where i had to express yourself in German. And I have to admit that sometimes it was very amusing to hear yourself. People noticed that it wasn’t my accent at all and seemed to appreciate it for a reason I didn’t even know. Many may see someone try something with a smile and pay no attention to prejudice. This shows your imperfection and your self-confidence.
Most will then encourage you and enjoy your company. Others who will have something negative to say about it which is inevitable but worthless. Just ignore them! Who knows, some may even find it attractive 😉
3. Learn new words.
Vocabulary is one of the foundations of a language thus essential to develop it as early as possible. Why? because thanks to this small base you will learn other words more easily at any moment, because in this way you can learn the meaning of the unknown words from conversations. Besides, in order to answer, you have to understand first. Without these words or a minimum of vocabulary you will have a lot of difficulty. To memorize them, you can use different technique, like:
Make voice registrations and listen to them regularly, anytime and anywhere.
Write files with words and their meanings and give you a reasonable time (to respect) to learn them.
Tag everything you have at home with appropriate names in German.
Children’s videos are also a great way to learn while having fun. You can also sing along. Sing mit Kinderlieder, is one of the most popular Youtube channels for German children. As a music lover, I added some of these sounds to my playlist, and now I know them by head. It’s kind of funny when I think about it.
Important! Learn these new words directly with their articles!!! I didn’t do it and so far I bite my fingers so don’t make the same mistake.
4. Speak a lot to move forward quickly.
This is, I believe, the main reason for my rapid success with this language. If I had just stayed home, read my books and hoped to be able to speak one day, it is clear and certain that I would not have succeeded so quickly. Imagine for a moment someone who decides to learn English and then stays at home all the time, learning and reading endlessly, without ever putting his knowledge into practice, and then complaining about not being able to express himself properly. If you care about him a little, you will probably advise him to go out and practice, because all the theory of the world without practice is useless. Believe me, this point can make a huge difference!
But! don’t put pressure on yourself. It’s not a question of threatening someone to speak with you, but of being open to others, communicating, showing an interest in others, maintaining and reinforcing good contacts. The rest will follow, I am convinced! This has enabled me to have new friends from my own culture as well as from the German and foreign cultures. If it worked for me, there is no reason why it shouldn’t work for you.
I don’t mean to stop speaking your motherly language but to make a 50/50 for a start. You can also have a conversation with yourself if to find partners turns out to be little complicated.
Read also… How can you learn german quickly? Part 2