From my teaching experience of German and speaking to students around the world, it might seem that learning German is difficult. However, all students who learn German online with me agree that it isn’t that difficult.
Before their first German lesson, students often feel that there is some truth in German being a difficult language to learn. This could be because German has gendered nouns (masculine, feminine and neutral), they have cases (nominative, accusative, dative and genitive). In addition, Germans like to use incredibly long words (i.e. Rechtsschutzversicherungsgesellschaften = insurance companies) and the complex grammar rules and exceptions aren’t always the easiest to grasp…
In all of my German lessons, I think it’s important, from the outset though, to make it clear that there is actually so much that makes German an easy language to learn too. If you are interested in what I cover with beginner students who want to learn German online, check out my Awesome First German Lesson for Beginners post, which has helped so many students feel confident and enthused about learning German.
In the 21st Century, learning German online really has never been easier. I’d like to give you a 4 Effective Ways To Learn German Online, which can help you get started if you would like to begin your German learning journey!
- Use an app to get started, apps such as Duolingo and Babbel are perfect starting points and the way in which they are structured, should get you competing with yourself and create a good basis for your German level.
- Have a SMART goal – learning a language full stop, let alone learning a language online can be overwhelming, so ensure you have a specific goal written down and keep referring to it.
For example, this could be to get a GCSE in German within 2 years, or achieve a B1 (intermediate level) within 2 years. Whatever your goal is, have one and make it SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Bound). There’s no point in setting a goal to ‘learn German’ if you don’t have something more specific attached to it. Something like: Learn German for pleasure for 30 minutes per day to communicate (understand and be understood) with native speakers when on future holidays to German speaking countries.
Your goal may look long-winded, but at least then you can focus all your efforts on doing language learning activities attached to your goal.
- Get a Coursebook – this doesn’t work for everyone, but having a coursebook can keep your learning structured. I recommend German Talk as a coursebook with CDs for beginners. It comes as an individual book with CDs, but also a 3-part box set to help you progress to the next stage.
- Get a Private German Tutor – you can learn German online from the comfort of your own home. A private German tutor can help to guide your learning and tailor a plan to suit you and your requirements. They can work with you online to achieve your German language goals at a pace that suits you. Prices of online German lessons can vary, depending on frequency of lessons. But you should expect to pay £25+ for a 60-minute lesson with a quality, experienced and qualified teacher.
It’s so convenient, cuts out travelling time and you can still see your teacher via webcam if the face-face contact is something you are concerned about missing out on! If you are interested in having a private tutor and would be happy to learn German online, then please do get in touch for more information and to get a free, no-obligation quote.
If you wish to start your German learning journey online, then I hope the 4 ideas above are effective and help you get started in your language learning journey. There’s no time like the present and German is a fantastic language to learn!