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Learn German Easily

Created by Lucas Kern

Learn German Easily

Created by Lucas Kern

Here is the second part of the email course:

To grasp the full concept of the course, carefully read to the end of these pages.  

Don't Study Grammar Rules!

Have you read everything about Rule No. 1?

It is important to understand all 7 rules. If you follow them you will be speaking German confidently in less than one year.

If you want to repeat Rule No. 1 click the link:

>>> Always Study Phrases, Never Only Individual Words

Rule No. 2

Don’t Study Grammar Rules!

Wow, I can literally see your surprised face! 🙂

„Don’t focus on grammar rules?“ 
Is he serious?
But my teacher told me…

Teacher: „You must study grammar!
Grammar is the secret to German!
Grammar, grammar and grammar!“

Student: „But why?“
Teacher: „Because I said so!“
Student: „Some teacher you are – you should be a lawyer.“

Grammar can be very helpful and at a certain point. You need to know some rules to reach the next level and to be able to get rid of some typical mistakes. However, if you focus too much on grammar instead of more important things, you will never be able to speak German fluently – or, even worse, you will get frustrated and quit.

A lot of students go crazy because they can’t handle the grammar rules. The more grammar they learn the more confused they get. Because to every rule there are also exceptions and in quite a lot of cases German grammar seems to be completely illogical.

Here is just one example that always raises many questions: 

I will go with you.
=> Ich werde mit dir gehen.
=> dative 

I will go without you.
=> Ich werde ohne dich gehen.
=> accusative

What ??? 😮

If you have been studying German for a while and if you have been focusing on grammar, let me ask you:  

Did it work for you? 

Are you able to speak German fluently right now?

If the answer is no, why can’t you speak fluently? If you have been studying German for years and you know so many German grammar rules, why are you still not able to speak German fluently? Does it make any sense?

I reassure you:
It is not your fault! 

Probably your teachers told you to focus on grammar. However by focusing on grammar you automatically neglect other things that are much more important and absolutely necessary.

Why is it not very helpful to study too many grammar rules? 

Because every time you want to speak, you think about grammar. You think about using the right tenses, the correct word order, the suitable prepositions and so on. But when you speak, you don’t have time to think about those things!

Over the years. I met a lot of students who had been studying German for years and were still not able to speak German fluently, even though they were very good at grammar. They even were better at grammar than native speakers. Really, I’m not kidding!

Test it 

If you don’t believe me, just ask all German native speakers you know or meet or get to know during your life to explain to you the differences between the German cases. Ask them to explain when you should use nominative, dative, genitive and accusative. I bet 90% of all German native speakers (who are not German teachers) cannot explain the differences.

Why not? Because they don’t know them. Of course, they learned all about them in school, but some didn’t understand it back then and almost everybody doesn’t need it in real life. So they forget about it (except teachers maybe).

However, if they don’t know those grammar rules, how are they able to speak German fluently?

Well, grammar is obviously not the way. You can speak German fluently even though you don’t know any grammar rules. Or, have you ever seen an eight year old German boy sitting on a bench with a lollipop and his favorite German grammar book in his hand? I don’t think so! However I assume he (let’s call him „Karl“ or „Karlchen“ as his mother calls him) can speak better German than you do!

Yes, I know what you are thinking! German is the boy’s native language; of course, he speaks German fluently. He speaks German, he thinks in German and he dreams in German too.

Yes, he does!

And that is exactly the point. The boy doesn’t think about grammar. He just uses grammar automatically. He doesn’t need to think about the cases. It comes out in a correct way just like that. Surely he makes mistakes sometimes, just like any other native speaker. – I am a German native speaker, and I make mistakes too. Nobody is perfect!

Most people who are studying German but don’t speak German fluently have something in common. 

When they try to speak German, they…

  • think of something to say in their own language
  • then they try to translate the words into German 
  • then they try to change the word order and think of the suitable grammar rule
  • and finally they try to say it out loud (very slowly because they pay attention to the correct pronunciation)

This can’t work!!! 

Even if you do just one of these steps, you can’t speak fluently. It is also very exhausting and the reason why so many people don’t like to speak German.

So what is the solution? 

In order to speak a foreign language fluently, you must be able to do two things:

1. Be able to think in the foreign language
2. Feel the grammar (not think about grammar)

You need to feel what is right and what is wrong. If you want to speak German fluently, there is no time to do even one of the steps I mentioned before. Especially not thinking about grammar rules. Being able to think in the foreign language and being able to feel the correct grammar are the keys.

I know, it is easier said than done!

And that goal can’t be achieved in a couple of days or weeks! However, it is possible and I assure you, you can do it!

I will help you to reach that goal. I’m very positive that you can also be fluent in German. I know this because I have helped so many people to get fluent in German and I receive so many nice letters every day to thank me for the great effort and to help people to master the German language.

In the next couple of days I will show you more rules and things you can do to absorb grammar automatically and how you can manage to think in German. However, for today I want you to remember these two rules:

Rule No. 1 

Always Study Phrases, Never Only Individual Words

Rule No. 2 

Don’t Study Grammar Rules!

Still to come:

Rule No. 3, 4, 5, 6 and Rule No. 7

All rules are important, but Rule No. 7 is the most important one. I’m going to introduce you to a method that will teach you how to think in German and this is very important if you want to learn to speak German fluently.

Rule No. 2

Don’t Study Grammar Rules!

Here is another video. Please read this before you watch the video.

AJ Hoge is an English teacher who also uses the TPRS method. He explains the rules in his videos very vividly and that’s why I integrated the videos. In these video clips he talks about learning English, but the rules are the same if you want to learn German or any other language.

Well, AJ is very strict about that rule. I wouldn’t go that far. I always say: „Don’t focus too much on grammar rules.“ 😉

Have you downloaded my Schneckenwitz?

You can do it here: 

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Keep it up – you can do it!

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