Learning a new language like German requires a lot of practice. Once you have gained some basic knowledge, there are some easy ways to improve your German beyond the lessons in the classroom. Here are 4 ways we can recommend to everyone who wants to master a new language!
1. Online courses
This is the most convenient option because you can take online courses from all around the world. When you use a smartphone you can even learn German on the go while you’re waiting for the bus or relax outdoors in a park.
We want to make learning German easy for as many people as possible. Therefore, ActiLingua provides free online lessons at deutsch-lernen.com. There are lessons for beginners and for advanced learners!
- Pro: Great for improving your grammar skills. The only thing you need is a working internet connection.
- Con: It is hard to practice your speaking skills and there is no teacher you can ask if you’re having troubles.
2. Visit a German speaking country
This might be the best option for learning a new language quickly. Once you are in a German speaking country, you will have no other choice but learning the language! Nevertheless, you don’t have to jump in the deep end. In almost every country there are language schools that help you learn German while you’re abroad. At the ActiLingua Academy our students attend German lessons held by qualified native speaking teachers. After the lessons there is plenty of time left for experiencing Vienna and participating in our leisure activities.
- Pro: Great if you want to learn German fast and are interested in the culture of the country, too.
- Con: Learning a new language abroad might be expensive (speaking of that, check out the ActiLingua scholarship options and our Special offers!)
3. German media
Through the internet it is so easy to get access to German media like books or movies! You can expand your vocabulary, improve your reading and even listening skills – there are almost no limitations. Here are some media you could use:
- Pro: You can pick topics that you are interested in. That makes learning German even more fun!
- Con: Be aware that there are many blogs and even e-books out there with various spelling and grammar mistakes. So, better stick to official media like books and magazines if you would like to improve your spelling skills. 😉
4. Native Speakers
One of the best ways to put your German skills to the test (and improve them) is talking to a native speaker. This way you can examine for yourself if you can follow and contribute to a conversation. There are several ways you can get in touch with native speakers: hire a private tutor, look out for meetings of a German speaking community in your country (Google will be very useful finding one), become friends with exchange-students from a German speaking country, …
- Pro: You can practice your German skills in real life situations (not only in a language school environment).
- Con: It might take you some time to find some native speakers in your country and hiring a private tutor might be quite expensive.
How do you improve your German skills? Have you ever tried one of our suggestions? Leave a comment and tell us!