How possible is it to learn German in less than a year?
Can you learn German in 6 months?
Here’s what you might find while taking the first step in learning German.
Before learning German, set a goal
What is your purpose in learning foreign languages? Native speakers tend to have their own techniques to retain and relearn words.
Yes, sometimes even if German is your native language, you will still have to study it every day.
Advanced students say it’s better to multitask or do many things at the same time while you’re learning.
On the other hand, many German students suggest doing one goal per day to avoid fatigue and stress.
These factors may affect how you view your language learning, as it is with academic learning.
Before thinking that it is hard to become a German language learner, you must know your goals to improve your language skills in German.
What are these goals then? Here are some of our suggestions.
Start reading non-complicated stories
It can be overwhelming to focus on too much grammar that it doesn’t motivate you to learn this so-called “difficult language”.
But, when you spend at least 2-3 hours on 4-5 articles per week, you can come up with beginner to advanced phrases.
It’s inevitable to be busy so you really can’t allot certain hours per week learning German in your everyday life.
Find yourself an audio lesson that prompts you to speak
Becoming fluent in German will need a few more resources that will help you not only read and memorize but also speak.
You will need a better approach to language learning if you desire to be a fluent speaker.
Glossika is one of the few non-expensive options for online audio listening resources existing today that helps you to learn how to pronounce words.
Having no money means you have to rely on free podcasts. There are some options for German lessons on Spotify too so you won’t have to pay more than what you can just to learn a new skill.
If you have money, pay for German language lessons online
German learners consider asking a professional teacher or subscribing to a website for intensive courses that will help them learn German faster.
Having the commitment and grit may also need to pay a higher price in hopes of learning much better.
If you pay for premium services, you can get exclusive merchandise like downloadable PDFs, advanced audio lessons, and even a chance to ask questions to native German speakers themselves.
You may want to set a budget for an intensive lesson in a German language course as you may need it from A1 (Beginner) to B1 (Intermediate) to C1 (Advanced).
Online teaching platforms dedicated to learning languages will also have discounts for packages or bundles for different courses so take advantage of those early on.
Then again, it’s not always a guaranteed success for learning and become fluent right away.
The best tip is just to do it!
Since I mentioned that there are many online courses today with a paywall, the usual response of a supposed-to-be German language learner is “I won’t pay that much since I can learn it for free”. Or, “There’s too much to learn, I just want the vocabulary!”
Sometimes people overanalyze their capability in learning a new target language that which hinders much of what they can do.
Especially, if you only focus on your previous experience and make prejudices about learning a new target language like German.
What I can really just recommend you to do is to make the first step.
Start by doing some of these interactive activities in your first few weeks:
Searching an app for languages like German
Actually, you really don’t need to pay so much money by going to a language school just to get those intensive language study sessions with so many hours per week.
If your current level is beginner, you can start looking for German language courses on apps.
Many of these tools have lifetime access because they’re either free or you’ve already paid for the premium version of that German language learning app.
Speak German words for everyday conversations
If you want to reach the intermediate level of your German learning, you have to really practice speaking.
Don’t rely on just reading or listening without an action.
You can even try speaking out what those German subtitles in your favorite show are.
Or, you can listen to a German radio show to know the accent, intonation, and pronunciation of some of the difficult vocabulary and phrases.
Can you learn German in 6 months or not?
Let’s face reality, it depends on what level you want to achieve in those 6 months.
And truthfully, not everyone can become fluent or achieve the C2 level in German in such a short time.
You must go from total beginner to expert level in German in 6 months. The quantity of content you must cover is considerable.
When learning German, or any other language, you will need to devote significantly more time to the advanced level than you might as a beginning or intermediate student.
In an ideal world, you’d spend two years learning advanced German content.
But you don’t have two years; you only have six months, and you must begin from the beginning!
So, if you’ve started your conversation skills in German for your first week, you should continue that momentum.
In 2-3 weeks you will have to try talking to advanced speakers or at least spend more time (3-4 hours or more) to at least hit your goal of learning German in 6 months.