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Learn German Easily

Created by Lucas Kern

Learn German Easily

Created by Lucas Kern

Here is the 6th part of the email course:

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

>>> If you want to repeat the previous rules ...

… click the links: 

Rule No. 1
>>> Always Study Phrases, Never Only Individual Words

Rule No 2
>>> Don’t Study Grammar Rules

Rule No. 3
>>> Listen, Listen, Listen

Rule No. 4
>>> Deep learning with repetition

Rule No 5
>>> Learn with Audio Stories

Rule No. 6

Train the skills you need to accomplish together!

Do you remember Rule No. 5 

… and what I told you about (translated) Audio Stories and how easy you can develop a natural feeling for the correct grammar? If not, go back to Rule. No 5 (use the links above) and read it again. It will significantly speed up your learning progress (there is also an access link to my translated audio story “Blond oder braunhaarig” farther below on the page of Rule No. 5).

OK – Let’s talk about Rule No. 6

Train the skills you need to accomplish together!

How long does it take to learn to speak German fluently?    

For most people learning German up to a fluent level will take many years because when they come back home after work in the evening they have to deal with problems of everyday-life and the idea of practicing German for another 2 hours is just too much.

Does this sound familiar to you?

I agree – 2 hours every day is hardly manageable but it is the average that you have to invest every day with conventional methods if you want to learn to speak German fluently in about 3 years. Only a few are willing to invest that much time and that’s why so many students need many years or give up sooner or later.

What about 20 minutes per day?   

Would you believe me if I told you that most of my students practice German only 20-30 minutes per day and are able to speak German fluently in about 6 to 8 months?

Believe it or not – it is true and today I want to tell you how you can save so much learning time. There is no secret you just need to know and understand what I’m about to tell you today.

Train the skills you need to accomplish together!   

What do I mean by it?

Many people don’t learn efficiently and waste precious time (without even realizing it).

I must admit that learning a language is a complex process because you need to develop the following skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Listening Comprehension
  • Grammatical Comprehension
  • Speaking Skills

To develop these skills you need to learn:

  • Vocabulary
  • Phrases
  • Pronunciation
  • Spelling
  • Structure and Word Order
  • Word Endings and how they change in different tenses and cases etc.

And most importantly you need to train your brain to think in German (which you can only develop when you speak yourself or when you practice with the Question and Answer Technique and answer out loud which is like a simulated conversation).

Most students try to develop their reading comprehension, listening comprehension, grammatical comprehension and their speaking skills separately for example with:

  • Vocabulary Lists
  • With a Grammar Book
  • By Listening to German Podcasts
  • By Having Conversations

Of course each task will help you to improve your German – the questions is how much and is this approach the fastest way?

Maybe you know the following situation

Let’s say you learn 10 new words with a vocabulary list and when you encounter these words in a book the next day you are probably able to recognize at least 8 of them easily. It is because you trained your reading comprehension with the help of the vocabulary list.

Let’s say you hear these 10 words by pure chance during the next days in a conversation (maybe in a movie or a podcast) if you are lucky you will recognize 1 or maybe 2 of them.

Why only 1 or 2?

Because by using a vocabulary list you haven’t trained your listening comprehension.

Knowledge is saved in different areas of your brain depending on how you acquire this knowledge and which learning channel you use.

If you want to understand German when you read it but also when you hear it and especially if you want to use the German you learned when you speak, you need to use the same learning content and train with it

  • your reading comprehension 
  • listening comprehension 
  • grammatical comprehension
  • and your speaking skills at the same time

The learning content that is acquired using different learning channels at the same time is saved much more deeply in your brain (like the grey part in the center of the circles which represent different learning channels).

How can you combine the different learning channels? 

For example you could watch movies and turn on the German subtitles, then you can improve your listening comprehension and your reading comprehension at the same time.

Another way of improving your German is having conversations with native speakers. Having conversations would improve your speaking skills and your listening comprehension.

If you want to practice German as efficient and timesaving as possible then you should train your reading comprehension, listening comprehension, grammatical comprehension and your speaking skills all together in one go. There is a way.

A little brain-teaser 🙂 

Let’s say you have only 20 minutes per day to learn German and you want to learn as much as possible during this time and in the most efficient way – what of the following tasks would be your choice?

  • Learning with Vocabulary Lists
  • Learning with Grammar Books 
  • Reading Novels 
  • Listening to Podcasts or the Radio
  • Watching Movies 
  • Learning with Translated “Listen and Answer Audio Stories” 

What would be your choice?

Well, my choice would be translated “Listen and Answer Audio Stories” because you learn everything at once very deeply and that’s why you need only 20 minutes per day for about 6 months to reach a fluent level.

If you don’t have much time per day but you want to learn German as fast as possible then I recommend that you practice most of your learning time with translated “Listen and Answer Audio Stories”.

In all of the years that I have been teaching German the Question and Answer Technique in these Listen and Answer Stories made the difference and increased the learning speed immensely.

The Question and Answer Technique is even more effective than having real conversations because real people wouldn’t correct every mistake you make (out of sheer politeness). So if you have real conversations it is most likely that you will also memorize a lot of incorrect grammar. However, if you practice with the Question and Answer Technique you will hear the grammatically correct form after a short pause. This way your brain will only save the correct form in your memory.

Try to find these kinds of audio stories in a library or in a book store or get the three packages that I created. Most of my students speak German fluently by the time they have finished all my 76 Vocabulary Lessons, my translated “Listen and Answer Audio Stories” and my “Fairy Tales” (the 3 packages in my online store).

If you don’t want to use my materials just make sure that you buy „Listen and Answer Stories” that are:

  • translated so that you do understand them
  • that the recorded speaker don’t speak too fast
  • and the most important factor that the questions and answers match the story so that you can use the sentences in the story to answer the questions.

Now you know how you can save a lot of your precious learning time.   

 

Try it out. 

With the knowledge above you need only 20 minutes per day.   

You already have a little „Listen and Answer Audio Story“ (the Schneckenwitz story) . You can practice with the questions and answers of the Schneckenwitz story many times. With every repetition you will learn more and more German.

Please note that it is not necessary to understand 100% of the story – 80% is more than enough. If you also practice with other stories (the other stories in my packages are longer) you will fill the gabs step by step.

And if you want to practice a little more with my audio story „Blond oder braunhaarig“ here is the link again:

>>> Blond oder braunhaarig

Keep it up – you can do it!

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