"How do I learn German quickly?" "How much time do I really need to learn German and speak like a native speaker?" These are the questions everyone who wants to learn German asks. If you are one of them, look no further! In this comprehensive guide you will find answers to all your questions.
If you are wondering how much time you need to learn German, unfortunately we cannot give you a concrete answer. That's because there are a number of factors that vary greatly from student to student and can make a big difference in the amount of time it takes to become fluent in any language.
Your starting level and your target level What is your current level of German? What level of German do you want to reach? These are two very important questions that need to be answered in order to find out how long it will take you to learn German or any other language. If you start from scratch, you can assume that you will need at least three months to reach the next level of German. You will first need to learn the basics of German, which can take a short while. If you are already at an intermediate or advanced level, it can take much less time to become fluent in German - but this also depends on how well you know German grammar, how much practice you have in speaking the language, etc. If you are unsure what level you are, we provide free level tests, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your personal goals What do you hope to achieve with your German? Why should you learn German? This can also have a big impact on the amount of time you need to learn the language. If you only hope to speak to German tourists for a few days a year while travelling, you can relax and take it slow. However, if your job is on the line or you need the German language to complete a degree, you are likely to put a lot more determination, effort and importance into learning German - and this will definitely affect the amount of time you need to learn German! Similarities between your mother tongue and German Do you speak French? Or Spanish? Your mother tongue also determines how quickly you can learn German. If your mother tongue has many similarities to German, you will have a much easier time learning grammar concepts, vocabulary and maybe even pronunciation. German is most similar to other Germanic languages such as Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Luxembourgish, Scottish, Yiddish and Afrikaans. English also has many similarities in vocabulary. If you speak one of these languages as your mother tongue, you have an excellent head start on reaching the advanced level in German! The tools you use to learn Learning languages can be quick and fun, or it can be exhausting and frustrating - the tools you use make all the difference. With a poorly made website full of mistakes, not only will it take you much longer to learn German, but you may even be learning German the wrong way! If you want to learn German quickly and easily, you need to choose quality language resources that will help you understand German grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation without confusing you or teaching you mistakes. The skills you want to focus on Every language consist of four skills: Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening. The first two are considered 'active', the last two 'passive'. It is always easier to improve the passive skills than the active ones, even in German. This is because you don't have to memorise words as well to understand languages passively: You can easily recognise a word in a book or a film, or understand what a sentence means, even if you are not able to recall it and form sentences yourself. Improving in speaking and writing is a much bigger challenge. The time you devote to learning Have you seen those "30-day body makeover" videos? Do you think those quick results were achieved by people who only exercised for 20 minutes a week or changed just one of their meals? No, of course not! Well, you have to apply the same logic to your German language classes. You get what you give: If you devote several hours a week (or even a day!) to learn German, you will learn German quickly and much more easily, but if you only make an effort "some times", you will also only learn German to this degree.