- Using parallel learning methods
If you notice there is an interesting fact about English and German: Both the languages using the Latin alphabet. That means we have an advantage when we learn vocabulary. Because it might has many words look somehow familiar. Learning vocabulary is very important when you learn a new language in general. Therefore it is necessary to remember all the basic words. With people who have English language knowledge, learning German could be easier because as I mentioned above some words in German might look the same as in English. For example: der garten (garden), das Haus ( house), schwimmen (swim),…Hence, learning German through your English language knowledge can be very helpful.
- Don’t let the new language interfere with your own language.
Sometimes new language can have something similar to your native language. That’s the good thing but you know there are two sides to every story. That is also the reason for the stagnation of your learning process because it makes your brain becomes lazy, every time you see a word or a phrase which is very hard to remember, instead of trying to remember those, you will more likely to apply the rules and interpretations in your native language. Hence, you must be careful not letting those kind of thinking interfere with your learning process.
- Do not translate.
When you try to translate every word, every sentence into your native language it could take a lot of time. The best way you can do is to learn as many words as you can and when you have enough basic words, you should try to form a sentence in the most natural way possible without translating in your head those sentences in your native language.
- Learn how to recognize the gender of the noun.
Like other Latin languages such as French or Spanish, German applies Masculine or Feminine to every noun. Der is for Masculine, Die is for Feminine and Das is for Neutral. Many German beginners don’t pay attention to this, therefore it is easier for them to make mistakes in both speaking and listening.
- Learning a new language means learning a new logical thinking.
Das Erlernen einer neuen Sprache ist das Erlernen einer neuen Denkweise– Hyde Flippo. You should try to learn the way Germans think by learning German. Of course, easier said than done but this can be achieved by taking step by step. This way will help us to be better at thinking and learning faster.
- Buy a dictionary.
You should consider to buy an average dictionary with around 40,000 words for beginners. But we have to learn how to use it effectively. You should not learn a word with only one meaning. You should learn other meanings as well and try to form a sentence with a new word with different meanings in different contexts to see the difference. That could help you to remember the word much longer.
- Learn to speak before you learn to write.
That’s the usual way to learn a language. As a kid, you listen long before you can pronounce a word. This method helps you to be more flexible to learn in your own way instead of focusing on techniques. Listen more often with Deutsch channel, video with German subtitles, German songs,… you will receive the information more actively and naturally.
- Learn German every day.
That’s the last small advice. Learning a language requires persistence and hard-work. You should follow a time-table you set up for learning, you don’t have to spend much time every day because the most important thing is you do it frequently, repeatedly. That’s also helps you to feel less pressure when you face a difficult task while learning.