Step 2: Create a mini-Germany in your home - immersion without travel
Create an immersive environment at home, at work or on the go!
You don't have to live in Germany to immerse yourself in the German language. There are many ways to dive headfirst into German, no matter where you live.
Here are a few of my best ways to bring Germany to your hometown:
- Set up your computer in German. Why not turn your computer into a system that only works in German?
- Find the German speakers in your city. Believe it or not, there are many German-speaking communities around the world. You may be near one and not even realise it!
- Watch German television and films. We have several recommendations in our Library. Force yourself to concentrate by watching without subtitles.
- Read articles and books in German.
- Listen to German music and podcasts. One of my favourites is GermanPod101, we have more recommendations in our Library.
Step 3: Find native speakers and speak from day one
Speak every day
To improve your German quickly, you need to speak from the first day you learn German.
Even in class 1 of our Beginner courses, we encourage all our students to speak German. "Hallo, guten Tag, ich bin Sarah, wie geht es dir und ich komme aus...." are the first sentence you will be able to speak. This "speak from day one" approach is the fastest and most efficient way to learn German - especially if you speak with native German speakers like all our German teachers.
Regardless of where you live, you can find people to speak German with online or offline. I make contacts with German speakers through:
- Meet up with German learners. On MeetUp.com you can find weekly German meetings in many major cities around the world.
- I install the HelloTalk app on my smartphone. This handy language learning app helps you connect with other language learners around the world and is a great place to practice speaking German.