You’ve probably heard the saying “practice makes perfect.” The best way to boost your German confidence is to get comfortable using the language, and to do that, you need to practice often. Here are six great ways to practice German in a positive, low-stress way.
1. Use WhatsApp
If you have friends or classmates also learning German, see if you can start a Whatsapp group together where you can text and send voice notes in German. WhatsApp is great because it lets you practice conversations when you’re ready, so you don’t have to worry about being thrown into the middle of a discussion when you don’t feel like talking.
2. Practice with Telemarketers
Do you ever get those phone calls from random people trying to sell you something over the telephone?
Nobody likes being annoyed by telemarketers, but if you’re going to talk with them on the phone, you might as well practice your German on them. Talk with them and ask them questions until you get bored!
The best part is, they’re trying to sell you something, so they basically have to politely listen to you, and they won’t make fun of you if you make mistakes!
3. Learn the Lyrics to Your Favorite Songs
Practice singing along with the lyrics to your favorite songs so that you feel comfortable with the rhythm and pronunciation of German. Of course, you won’t be singing when you hold conversations with your German-speaking friends, but this will still help you learn how to speak German more naturally.
4. Read Aloud
We already know that reading books is a great way to learn a new language, but if you’re not reading out loud, then you’re not maximizing your study time. Next time you’re reading a good German novel at home, be sure to practice reading paragraphs aloud so that you become accustomed to actually speaking German. After a while, you’ll be so comfortable speaking English that holding conversations becomes second nature.
You can also try audiobooks to boost your listening skills as well. The audiobook on YouTube channel has full-length audiobooks from different genres—many of which are written by award-winning authors. And if you want to read along with the narrator, simply click the “CC” button on the bottom right and read from the captions.
5. Don’t Depend on Your First Language
Let’s face it, you’re probably not going to become comfortable speaking German if you’re always switching back to your native language every time you come across a difficult word. Unless you’re in a situation where it’s absolutely important to be understood, like when opening a bank account or at a doctor’s appointment, you should step out of your comfort zone and use only German whenever possible. You’ll be surprised how quickly your German confidence improves when speaking English is your only option!
6. Learn German Naturally
Native German speakers don’t learn how to speak German through textbooks, and neither should you. The natural approach to learning German requires you to get out in the world, make mistakes and put your German knowledge to use without overthinking grammar rules and pronunciation.
Another way to successfully master German through cultural immersion is by checking out Fluentu’s German. There, you can browse through endless content that’s not only enjoyable but also relevant because it’s in a real-world context.
Remember That German Is Just a Language
At the end of the day, German is just a language that we use to communicate with each other. As long as you can make yourself understood, you’re off to a good start. Don’t let your German studies be the source of your stress.
And if you slip up, don’t worry. Everyone makes mistakes. Learning to accept those mistakes and learn from them is how you’ll gain confidence!