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Learn German

When it comes to learning German, you’re bound to have questions. How long does it take to learn German? Will I find it difficult? It’s time we came clean.

The truth is… it depends, but it’s always fun! When you learn German you discover a whole new culture and way of life. Language is so much more than vocabulary – it’s people, culture, travel – so we wrap that all up in your German classes.

Can you learn German easily? It’s not easy for everyone, but you’ll have the best fun doing it. Plus, the basic vocabulary words are the building blocks for the longer words, so you know more than you think. Hooray! Embrace the simplistic beauty of the language and be your best (German) you!

Learning German: German Lessons

With so much information out there about learning German, it’s hard to know where to start. Here’s what the language learning experts at Memrise recommend.

As you start out with German lessons, it’s important you start with the basics. Combine basic German grammar with some key vocabulary. Add a couple of simple German sentences and a few clever language hacks and you have the recipe for German conversation.

And don’t forget, a conversation is about interpersonal connection. It’s about conveying thought, opinion and character – bridging the void with a fellow human being – not about 100% accuracy.

In fact, that’s the most important point: there’s no place for perfectionism when you learn German. Worrying about speaking perfectly can actually add to the stress, chucking the opportunity to learn German easily out the window.

Remember: everyone makes mistakes. That’s the best way to learn!

Learn German Easily

The best way to learn German is to practice! This used to mean signing up for German lessons, or buying a textbook to teach yourself basic German grammar. 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!

One of our top tips is to learn German easily is to have your learning to hand – right there on your phone. It’s the 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.

You can get plenty from learning German, but also make sure you’ve got some audio and video so your pronunciation and cultural references are on point.

On top of the Learn with Locals videos on Memrise, chuck on a bit of 99 Red Balloons by Nena (or Rammstein if you like to rock your German language learning a bit harder)!

Also have a look on Netflix, there are plenty of awesome German films on there. As we write, we’re adding Wir Sind Die Nacht to our list. Who doesn’t love vampire girls and undercover cops?

Why learn German with Memrise?

The Memrise app will immerse you in learning German from your first lesson. And that’s it, you’re hooked on German classes. You’ll see videos from real German people speaking 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 lessons online, so you won’t get bored with the same exercises as you advance through the levels. In fact, behind the scenes, AI will be creating new German lessons based on how you’re doing. Clever stuff.

We think it’s vital you’re learning to speak what 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.

Join over 35 million people learning a language on Memrise. Download the Memrise app or register online for free, for the best way to learn German whenever or wherever, online or offline.