Hallo. Guten Tag.

Wie geht es Ihnen?

These are just some of the very common expressions in German language that you have to know once you aim to visit, work or live in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Deutsch ist schwer. 

Indeed.

Who says it’s easy? No one. Even the native speakers themselves. The grammar and structure of German sentences are definitely different from English. This makes it harder for English speakers to listen to, to speak, to read, and to write German.

But like what the famous German proverb says…

Aller Anfang ist schwer.

and German language is no exception. Learning the language at the beginning is really difficult, and encountering Native speakers with regional accent is more difficult than you could imagine. (Believe me!)

Anyway, for sure you have your own reason of learning Deutsch. Be it for work, for residence, for studies, for love life, and just for leisure. Whatever your reason is, you should remember these four things:

  1. Willingness. You should be willing to learn and explore the German language. Don’t just study it, but also enjoy the process of learning it. Embrace the fact that you are going through a beautiful change, from just speaking your mother tongue and second language into acquiring new knowledge and skills. Willingness will make it easier for you to be a German speaker yourself. Promise.
  2. Interest. Aside from willingness, interest is very important in learning a new language. Having an interest in studying Deutsch will surely pave way into a fruitful outcome, and that is to be fluent in German.
  3. Time. Willingness and interest are nothing if you lack time to study the language. Two hours of study per day can be very beneficial to your learning. Don’t make alibis like “I am busy;” “I have many things to do;” or “Maybe tomorrow or next time.” If you really want to be a German speaker, then allot time for it.
  4. Sacrifice. The above-mentioned values are incomplete without sacrifice. For sure, you will do a little bit of sacrifice along the way. This is imminent as you explore, study and learn Deutsch. But do not worry; whatever sacrifice you do for the sake of this language, that will not be wasted. In fact, it’s all worth it. Why? Because soon, you will harvest the fruit of your labor. Just wait a little. In time.

Be willing. Be interested. Have time. Do sacrifices. These four essential values, together with some sort of money (yes, you read it right, money! You also need this in studying), can make you fluent in Deutsch (German) someday.

For now, just keep on studying. Download mobile applications like Memrise, Drops, or Learning German with Anja. Moreover, read books such as German vocabulary for English speakers by Andrey Taranov; German Made Simple: Learn to speak and understand German quickly and easily by Eugene Jackson and Adolph Geiger; and Living German by Ed Swick.

Aside from reading books and downloading mobile apps, you can also browse Youtube to watch the videos of German speakers/teachers like Learn German with Anja video lessons, Learn with German with Jenny videos,  and Hello Deutschschule lessons.

In addition to that, try to listen to German songs, or read or watch German news so you can be more exposed to this language.

If you have extra  budget, you can enroll in a German school, so you can be with other students learning the language and of course, you can learn from a Native speaker (German teacher) well. Goethe-Institut, Berlitz Hong Kong, and Dr. Sackmann’s Language Classes are three of the schools in Hong Kong that specialize in German language study.

Most importantly, don’t be shy to speak the language. Practice. Practice. Practice. Warum? (Why?) Because practice makes things permanent. In case you are surrounded by German speakers, try to talk to them. You’ll learn easier.

Good luck to your German language study. Keep going and you’ll succeed in the future.

Viel Glück

und

auf wiedersehen. Tschüss.

-JL

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