Top tips for learning German

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Speak out loud

Speaking a new language is so hard because it requires you to use the knowledge you have just learnt, and call on it quickly. That's why you need to practice a lot. If you don't have anyone to speak German to, then just practice with yourself.

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Label household items in German

Take a small piece of paper, write the name of the item and stick it on. It's a simple way of learning, all day long! Our tip: write the definite and indefinite article for the noun too, plus the plural form of the word. Otherwise, you'll have to learn those words again later too.

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Read German children's books and comics

Children's books and comics are written in a simple style and there are also pictures. That's why they are so good for people who are starting out at learning German. Some children's books are written in two languages.

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Write your shopping list in German

Learning German vocabulary that is useful for everyday life is particularly important. Try to write your shopping list and other notes for yourself in German. It might take a bit longer, but we promise that you will learn a lot.

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Write your shopping list in German

Learning German vocabulary that is useful for everyday life is particularly important. Try to write your shopping list and other notes for yourself in German. It might take a bit longer, but we promise that you will learn a lot.

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Don't wait til your German is perfect

The most important thing is that you can be understood. That doesn't mean that every sentence has to be perfect. And it is not a big deal if you can't get the article of the noun right. Think about it: many people that you speak with, won't even know any other foreign language.

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Listen to German radio

When you are a beginner, it may be hard to understand anything at all on German radio. But, by listening more, you will develop a feel for the language. For more advanced German speakers, it's a good way to learn a lot about German culture and, at the same time, to improve your language skills.

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Find a German for language exchange

A good opportunity to come in contact with native German speakers is to get a "tandem partner." You should try to meet a German person who wants to learn your language and then you can help each other. This helps you not just to learn vocabulary and expressions, but also to get into the rhythm of the language.

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Use German recipes for cooking

Cooking isn't just a way of fueling yourself for the day, it is also an important part of life. The best way to learn the name of different foods is to cook them yourself. If you don't like German food that's not an issue: you can cook Italian dishes, as long as the recipe is written in German!

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Read books that you know, in German translation

Your favorite book is probably something you know like the back of your hand, right? That's a great advantage if you want to read the book in German. You know the plot, so you can read it and just concentrate on the language. Give it a try!

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Listen to German music and learn the lyrics

Music makes you feel emotion and it brings people together. But it can also help you learn a language too. In Germany there are a lot of different singers (like Helene Fischer, Pictured here) and bands, so you are sure to find something you like. DW has a program „Learn German with music." Click on "More" and you can listen to some songs that will help you learn German.

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Watch films or TV in German

This is also a good way to combine learning German and enjoying a bit of entertainment. There are lots of good German films or TV series, many with subtitles. But you can also watch one of your favorite Hollywood films, in the dubbed German version. Or you could give DW's show "Jojo sucht das Glück" a try. Just click on "More" at the top of this slide to get there.

Trying to pick up a new language can take a long time and be pretty frustrating. To help make learning German easier, we've put together a list of handy hints.