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If you’re looking for a German for beginners crash course, you’ve come to the right place. People come to Memrise for an entertaining and enriching way to learn basic German. As well as the vocabulary you’d expect, there’s our homemade German video clips featuring native speakers using basic German in context – in their homeland, Germany!
One of our top tips is to learn beginners German online. Having your learning to hand on your phone is key to making it a natural habit. Any spare moment you like, you can recall what you’ve learned so far and throw in a couple more words. Little and often.
But with so much information about learning German language for beginners, it’s hard to know where to start. Here’s what the language learning experts at Memrise recommend.
The best way to learn German for beginners is to practise! This used to mean signing up to learn basic German in a classroom, or buying a textbook called Learning Basic German Language For Beginners. But that takes time, money and isn’t that fun. And learning a language should be fun, because if it isn’t, you won’t practise!
You can find some great basic German exercises for beginners online, but also make sure you’ve got some audio and video so your pronunciation is on point. As a nation, they create wonderful media, so grab a classic film or some German literature.
Das Parfum by Patrick Süskind is a wonderful, sensual read. And you can watch the English language film starring Ben Whishaw beforehand so you’ve got the plot down. Then you can let the beautiful German language wash over you as you read the novel.
The key to learning German is to combine basic German grammar with some key vocabulary in the form of some basic german phrases. Add a few clever language hacks and you have a magic recipe for conversational German.
Most important of all: there’s no place for perfectionism when it comes to practising German. In fact, worrying about speaking perfectly can actually hinder your progress. Remember: everyone makes mistakes. That’s the best way to learn!
We’re sorry to break it to you, but there’s no way to flip someone from knowing the most basic German to speaking fluently overnight. The good news, however, is that you can quickly and easily learn basic German which will help you to communicate with the people you meet.
Start with a course of German for beginners online to pick up words for meeting new people – how to introduce yourself, where you’re from, how long you’re staying, and so on.
A great way to deepen your familiarity with these words is to look at the videos of German speakers on the Memrise app. It’s a fantastic technique used by people learning basic German for beginners.
Then, once you’ve got the basic German language nailed, it’s time to head out and try it! You’ll need to put yourself out there, but you’ll find that most German speakers love that you’re making an effort in learning and will meet you halfway.
And don’t forget, a conversation is about interpersonal connection. It’s about conveying thought, opinion and character, not about 100% accuracy.
It’s more fun to make someone laugh with some slang or a niche cultural reference than to correctly use the imperfect subjunctive. Trust us, they won’t realise.
The Memrise app will immerse you in learning German language for beginners from your first lesson. And that’s it, you’re hooked. You’ll see videos from real German people speaking basic German phrases in their native language, in their hometown. So you can learn to understand authentic voices, not just bots.
You can learn offline and on our website too – there’s a huge variety of German for beginners lessons online, so you won’t get bored of the same exercises as you advance through the levels. In fact, behind the scenes, AI will be creating new basic German lessons based on how you’re doing. Clever stuff.
We think it’s vital you learn basic words that German people *actually say*. Why learn German if you can’t communicate with people, only pass vocabulary tests?
That’s why we show you how to say things like ‘I think it’s cool,’ not ‘You are eating a sandwich’. And more basic German language like ‘Where’s good for pizza?’ and not so much ‘The woman likes milk’.
Our award-winning tech is informed by cognitive science and cutting-edge research into language acquisition. It knows what you are due to review, which words and phrases to test you on, and when, so you learn German easily and far quicker than you could in the classroom.
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