Do you want to learn German? But you do not have the time to go to actual German lessons with a teacher?
Well, thanks to our digital world you can definitely learn German without a teacher!
We have gathered ten tips for you on how to learn German without a teacher.
1. Set a goal for yourself!
If you are learning German with a class or a teacher they will hold you accountable for your goals.
Simply by homework, tests, and of course, the good old pressure to not look dumb in front of a teacher.
If you are learning German without all of that pressure you should set yourself some goals.
Do you want to learn German in six months? That is a great and achievable goal but you should also set goals between now and these six months.
2. Make a plan!
Learning a new language can definitely be intimidating. It is definitely less intimidating if you have a good game plan. Making this plan will go well with your goal setting.
You can divide your German lessons into weeks leading up to a certain time. Do you want to spend one week learning the time in German? One week for a certain grammar aspect? Great!
Just plan that right out. It will be motivating to finish one of these points on your “Learning German without a teacher” to-do list!
3. Use Apps
There are many great apps that will help you on your journey.
All you have to do is to complete their sessions. Even five minutes a day can help!
The downside to these Apps is that you usually have to pay a monthly fee if you want to use all of the features.
4. YouTube Videos can help too!
One thing that is definitely for free is YouTube videos. There are many great YouTube videos that will help you to learn German. There are two types of videos that could help you.
A. If you feel like you do not really get behind one of the grammar concepts, you can search for that on YouTube and there will certainly be a ton of different videos explaining it to you.
B. You could watch German people on YouTube who is just vlogging or talking about a certain thing. Hearing natives speak German will definitely help you out.
If you are into books you might enjoy Joanas channel who is talking about books in Vlogs. It is okay if you do not understand it all at first, you will get there eventually!
5. Even Netflix can help you
Have you ever thought about watching Netflix to improve your German? Well, you should!
There is always the option of using subtitles, so you will be able to understand everything that is going on.
But shows like “Dark” and “How to sell drugs online fast” are German, so why not watch them with the original tone, get entertained, and learn some new words?
Sounds like fun to us!
6. Find a Native speaker
Find a native German speaker in your community!
Not to give you actual lessons but maybe to go and get a coffee together – and to speak exclusively in German (or as exclusively as possible).
Not only will this be fun and great to connect with someone new, but you get to learn some things from someone who really knows how to speak German!
How cool is that? You might just make a new friend.
7. Change the settings of your electronics
This tip is just a little one but did you know you can change the language of your laptop or your phone to German?
You will learn some new words by doing this and you will also get used to the language in your daily life.
And that is really great when learning a new language, especially when doing so without a teacher.
It only takes a minute to make that change but it can really help your learning process.
8. Do a little bit each day
Even if you just do five minutes of German learning a day: that already helps. Versprochen!
Making German part of your routine will also make it easier to actually keep up instead of giving up. It is annoying when you try to learn something new and you do not see any progress.
That is why doing just a little bit of German each day will feel like you did not put in a whole lot of effort but it will give you progress.
9. Do not isolate yourself
You are not alone in this process. Even if you are technically learning the language by yourself.
There are so many communities online that you can join and that are full of people, who are doing the exact same thing as you. Learning German without a teacher!
Just check on FaceBook or Instagram for those groups. Maybe you even find some people in your community. You could start a book club that only reads German books.
10. Read in German
Speaking of book clubs: reading in German will improve your German drastically.
You can even start with books for kids. There are also books that have the text in German and English in them. So you can read that side by side.
That might be the best way to start. Or you just read one of your favorite books in German. If it isn’t originally from Germany, no problem. There will most likely be a translation for it.
If you need some recommendations: Cornelia Funke is a great German author. She writes kids’ books and young adult books.
If you are into romance you might be into Mona Kasten.
If you feel like you are advanced already, try reading Benedict Wells. You will definitely learn some new words from him!
Are you ready to start your journey to learn German? We believe you can do it! Wir glauben an Dich!