Updated: Dec 11, 2020
Finding the time is one of the hardest things about learning German, or any other language.
It should be one of the easiest tasks, but we tend to push it to the sidelines in favour of something a little more pressing.
The reality is that you need to practice (ideally every day) in order to retain
the information you’ve learned, German grammar, vocabulary, expressions...
Otherwise what will happen? You will still progress but let’s just say it’ll take you a whole lot longer to master the German language.
I can hear you all now, “Do you know how busy my schedule without learning German is?” and “Seriously? You do realize I have a life to live outside of the German course, right?” But fear not my fellow German learners, daily German language practice needn’t be a chore - and it certainly doesn’t have to take any time out of your day.
“What, there’s a way to make a day longer than 24 hours?” you ask.
Well, not exactly.
Instead, you can slip in practice around the big tasks that take up the bulk
of your day—you know, like eating, working, watching TV and shopping for
human essentials like food and clothes.
I’m going to take a shot in the dark and say that between these activities
there’s a bit of a lull, a bit of downtime where you might find yourself
twiddling your thumbs or scrolling through your Facebook feed.
The most obvious time? On your coffee break, of course.
If you’re anything like me, you drink a lot of coffee during the day. Now tell
me this, how do you spend your time while you’re waiting for it to brew?
I have an idea.
Actually, I have a few ideas. Here is #1:
Read a German Newspaper
You can learn many things from reading German newspaper, from serious situations
taking place around the world to less serious things like who was the best-dressed
at the Oscars.
You can also learn and practice a German by reading a newspaper.
Obviously it’s near on impossible to buy a newspaper in your target language
if you’re not in a native-speaking country, but that’s where the beauty of the
internet comes in. Simply search for “Newspapers + your target language” and Google will do the rest.
Reading the news in the German language means you can learn about serious
situations around the world, who wore what best at the Oscars, and brush up
on your language learning.
You can choose which section of the newspaper to get stuck into, so it’ll
hopefully be something you’re interested in, plus it’s mildly nostalgic to read
the news with a coffee, right?
Top tip: Newspapers tend to use really simple language, but remember to
write down any words and phrases you’re not sure about so you can check
them out later.
Stay tuned for more!