Anyone who has ever learned a second or third language before knows that it can be a hugely rewarding experience (except learning German ;-)).
Anyone who has ever learned or just learns German knows that it can also be a hugely frustrating experience. Unlike French, Spanish or Italian, when native English speakers try to tackle German they are confronted with a number of unique problems:
Get yourself a translating app and dictionary for your cell for the first couple of months. Take notes of each single word, sentence you looked up and try to memorize those.
Since German tends to be more complex and confusing than many other languages, or at least many of the languages that native English speakers often try and tackle; it is one of the languages where studying on your own might not be a great idea. Of course the best step to learning any language is to immerse yourself in the language and move to a different country but of course that is not a feasible option for many people. Even if you could pack up and move to Vienna, with the amount of non-Germans, international students and expats, the decent level of well english speaking locals in Vienna the joke is that one is more likely to learn English in Vienna than German.
If you are going to try and learn German on your own, it is worth your time and money to try and find a class for a while at least. If you live near a community college usually you can find a German class that is pretty good and doesn’t cost an unreasonable amount of money. You can also find German classes through your university - chek out our article in this step.
You seriously should consider to apply and successfully finish 2 courses - in order for you to reach German level A2 - as a starter. This can be helpful at least while getting a grasp on the beginnings of the German language. It is better to be a little bit slower in the beginning and take time to learn all of the rules in German before you move on and start learning on your own. There are a lot of rules in German and as Mark Twain pointed out, ”as soon as you think you have understood a rule, you find that there are in fact more exceptions to the rule than instances of it, many of which have to be memorized on their own."
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