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7 Suggestions to Help You Learn German

"Der Glaube kann Berge versetzen"
"Faith moves mountains"

We have a few suggestions to help you speak German.

Your aptitude, surroundings and attitude to learning will have a major influence on your progress.

We encourage you to have a positive attitude towards the challenges of learning the German language.

The emotional aspect of learning a language is fundamental. For that reason, we think you should answer a question before reading on:

How will YOU take on the challenge of learning German?

Our 7 suggestions are:

Visualize success

Imagine that you already speak German.

Imagine all of the new possibilities you’d have: A better job, more culture, more satisfaction…

What’s the challenge worth to you?

What is the struggle worth to you?

Have confidence in yourself

It depends only on you, your effort, your consistency.

If you want to, you can speak German.

Don’t doubt yourself! You’ve been very successful before.


Languages are for people to communicate. There’s no point in learning them alone.

Make German friends! Interact with them!

Try the best you can to practice the language with Germans.

Immerse yourself in German

Whenever you do something, think:

What could I do to improve my German while I’m doing this?

How could I do things I like while learning German at the same time?

Here’s an example:

If you like football, why not watch football games in German?

Other examples:

If you like music, why not listen to German music (It’s good as well as something new)?

If you like to read the newspaper, why not read a German one?

Or if you like to watch a TV series, why not watch it in German?

Don’t be afraid of embarrassment

Fear is the worst enemy of learning. You will make mistakes when you speak, no doubt about that!, That's ok! but there’s no problem with that. Just take it as one more phase of the learning process.

Mistakes are useful for learning,

You don’t have to be embarrassed about speaking badly, about not understanding…

Think and act like a child: Become Peter Pan

It is amazing how quickly a child will learn a new language but it is most definitely their attitude which favors the learning process:

  • their curiosity
  • their wishful thinking
  • their ability to make friends
  • their lack of embarassment or bias
  • their willingness to enjoy simple things

Subconsciously, a child thinks: "I have to learn to survive." On the contrary, an adult thinks: "I know everything I need and I can’t learn anything else because I don’t have time."

Given that the mind is very powerful, our advice is to tell your mind that:

"I’ll become a child again and I need German to survive."

And learn German like you learned English when you were a kid:

  • With cartoons
  • With children’s stories
  • Speaking with friends
  • And not studying a ton (it’s pretty boring)

Don’t give up

We’ve saved the most important piece of advice for last:

"Consistency is the key to success"

For those who are thinking about going abroad with basic German, it is especially hard to be outside of your country and not understand anything. The first months are difficult and you take a serious blow to your self-esteem.

But keep your spirits up; after a few months everything will get better.

You will be surprised about how happy Germans will be about you taking the effort to learn their language!

FINAL NOTE: Having received comments asking for our advice about how to learn German, we wrote this article with a personal undertone.

#1 [Anthon Deutsch]2016-08-30 08:02
I like your page. You are one of the few resources which I can understand German with, thank you. There is something I have a lot of trouble with, when do you use zu at the end of a sentence before the final verb. I see sometimes it is used and sometimes it's not and I just can't understand how and when to use zu with the second verb at the end. Thank you for your time