Learn German Easily
Created by Lucas Kern
Learn German Easily
Created by Lucas Kern
Here is the 5th part of the email course:
To grasp the full concept of the course read carefully to the end of these pages.
Rule No. 5
Learn with (translated) Audio Stories
Learn With (translated) Audio Stories
Today I want to share with you Rule No. 5. This is my favorite rule because it doesn’t only increases your learning speed, but also lets you internalize grammar more easily. I must confess that if you follow Rule No. 5 you won’t be able to explain grammar rules but you will develop a natural feeling for the correct grammar and you will be able to use correct grammar when you speak.
It is a step by step process. You cannot develop this feeling overnight but when you practice regularly it is the fastest way to fluency.
Do you remember Rule No. 2
In Rule No. 2 I told you not to focus too much on grammar. I told you that not because grammar is not important but because the German rules are difficult to understand and sometimes illogical. If you focus too much on grammar then your learning progress slows down rapidly.
Yes, we need grammar. The question is – how can we study grammar without getting depressed and demotivated?
Do you have grammar books on your bookshelf?
I guess you have already tried to work with grammar books a lot, right?
Did it work?
What was your experience?
Are you able to work your way through chapter by chapter and understand every grammar rule?
Are you able to use the grammar rules when you speak?
If you say “Yes, I do – grammar is not a problem – it is easy”, well, then you can really count yourself lucky because learning German should be a piece of cake to you.
On the other hand, if you feel like most students then maybe it is time to rethink and modify your learning approach.
When I started teaching I was like any other teacher.
I thought that the first and most important thing that students should learn was grammar. My students spent most of the time with grammar exercises. Well, they didn’t like it much but everybody thought: “Well, it is just the way it is”.
A little story:
I would like to tell you a little story that totally changed my view of teaching. One day I was asked to stand in for a colleague who got sick and when I asked her what exercises I should do with her students she gave me a story and a CD.
She told me that all students had already read and listened to the story many times and that they understood all words and phrases in this audio story.
The story had about 800 words and was full of phrases. I was really impressed. I asked her for how long the students had worked with this story and she told me about two weeks. I couldn’t believe that at first because with my “vocabulary list approach” my students would have needed five times that long for so many new words and phrases.
Then she explained her approach to me. At first the students get an audio story that they read together. They translate all new words and write them down. Then they listen to the audio story while they are reading it. They do this a couple of days in a row and through repetition the story gets more and more familiar.
In this phase the students learn many things at the same time:
- the meaning of new words
- the pronunciation of the new words
- they also learn whole phrases
- and even the structure and grammar up to a certain point
Here is an example:
When you read the two sentences
- “Ich liebe dich” and
- “Wir lieben dich”
… over and over, your brain starts to realize subconsciously the little different word endings in the verb: lieben.
If we use it with the personal pronoun: ich then it is: liebe and if we use wir then it is lieben.
Of course you can learn these little grammatical changes by heart but you could save a lot of time and just learn with audio stories instead. After a few weeks (months) your brain will have developed a natural feeling for this kind of grammar. This is much more effective.
Back to the story
I ask her what I should do with the class. She told me that now after they have finished the first phase it is time for the second phase. Now it is time to ask questions about the story. However, the structure of the question was a very specific one.
In one of the upcoming rules …
… I will get deeper into this subject and why it is so powerful to use this “Question and Answer Technique” but only this much can be revealed now:
From then on I used a lot of „Audio Stories“ in my classes. I already translated them for the students to save time and I prepared many questions and answers.
My students loved the new approach. Not only because it was a lot of fun but also because their progress increased immensely and what I never thought possible before is that they developed a natural feeling for the correct grammar and after a couple of months, they spoke German fluently (not perfectly but fluently).
The words just came out of their mouths without realizing it. This was an amazing feeling not only for the students but also for me and it made me very proud.
Before they practiced with “Listen and Answers Stories” they were always scared to talk in front of the class. Always afraid to make mistakes. That totally changed. Now it was hard to stop them from babbling. 🙂
From then on I created more translated „Listen and Answer Stories“ and many „Vocabulary Lessons“ (you already got one with the email course). I made them available for everybody in my online story and since then thousands of students used them to learn to speak German fluently with fun.
And that’s why my recommendation and my Rule No. 5 is:
Learn with (translated) Audio Stories (even better with Listen and Answer Stories)
If you also want to learn to speak German fluently then in my experience learning with translated „Listen and Answer Stories“ is the fastest way.
You have all you need to make fast progress even as a beginner
- The English translation (for understanding)
- The recorded speaker (for pronunciation)
- The written words (for spelling)
- The question and answer parts for active participation (to save the information in your brain).
But enough talk for today.
Now it’s your turn. 🙂
I want to give you access to one of my audio stories (online version) that I also used in my classes.
By the way, with the full version of this story my students learned easily how the verb endings change in the different tenses (there is a preview of the Q&A in different tenses below the story).
Now check out and listen to my translated audio story 🙂
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