Learning a New Language
I’ve been in the study of German for about 4 months, I think it is time for me to look back and make some wrap-up.
1.Certainly, it’s hard, it take time, full of frustrated, which means if you are not ready to spend years on it or even lifetime, stepping into it is not a smart choice.
2.Most of us is not a language genius, especially for the adult learner, so find yourself a tutor, the point here is that the tutor will guide you through a solid path rather than some separated pieces of the quick scenario conversation. I am not saying the less important of the scenario leaning, but for the beginner, a systematic way of learning is way more important, it’s step by step, slow, but solid for long term improvement. Here, official A1 course is a good start, if you can make yourself stick to it, then you can go further.
1.For English speaker, especially for native people, German is not very hard in A-B level, they share a lot of vocabulary, even some variety. And for the ‘hardest’ german grammar, it is a more structural conjugation and gender system coupled with 4 case. it is logically simple but with lots of trivial details you should probably spend much time to remember. In short, it’s complicated than English, but learning curve is not much steep for English speaker.
2.For non-English speaker, especially for east Asia people, I think it will be the great challenge, the language system is far different between each other, so I think it is better to join a language school to have a fresh start. From my understanding and experience, the better the English skill you have, the faster you can learn German.
Basic sentence structure, W-sentence (what where when), Question-sentence, and statement.
Verb Conjugation including the regular and irregular one.
Article and Negation
4Case, including, Nom,Dativ, Akk. (Gen, not much in this level.)
Pronoun and Possessive pronoun
Number, Time and date in 4 case
Preposition with direction and position
[Vocabulary]Spending at least 30min-60min to refresh the vocabulary every day, which will sharpen your passive vocabulary memory, it can boost your reading ability dramatically.
[Grammar]Practice is a important way to strengthen your memory as well as to find way how german language works in a real way.
[Listening]Listen more, even you can’t understand well, the learning audio material is a good start, put them on your car or cell phone, listen to them when you have fragile time.
[Assistant] iOS Siri is a good audio company, if you got something confusing to hear, try Sir. The other one is google translate, it’s not alway accurate, but it will show you some lead which you can follow on your book.
[Writing] Try write anything if you can, look back couple month later, then you can feel the progressing you have made.