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Learn German on Your Coffee Break

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!


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