What are the best ways to learn German?
Learning a new language is an exciting challenge for anyone, and German is no exception. But what are the best ways to improve and develop your knowledge of the German language? James, our new AuPairWorld intern, shares his top tips here.
My name is James and I am a new intern at AuPairWorld's office in Kassel, Germany. I've been here for a few weeks and I am improving my German skills by getting to speak German everyday. Visiting a country where the language that you want to learn is spoken is probably the best way to practise, but this can sometimes be quite expensive or impractical.
Luckily though, there are lots of other great tools you can use to help you learn! You can read about a few of these tools that you could try out below.
There are lots of easy-to-use websites which help to explain grammar points and other topics. A couple of good examples are:
- BBC Learn German - This website includes lots of vocabulary lists and introductory videos, as well as other aspects such as slang.
- DW Website - One very useful feature of this website is the slow-spoken news feature!
Many YouTubers can provide clear and helpful explanations about a topic you might be learning about. One of my favourites is:
There are lots of apps which are free to download and can provide you with lots of new vocabulary. Duolingo tends to be the most popular of these, but have a look through the different options. Lots of apps can help you learn and, of course, you can take them with you anywhere you take your phone! Here is a web article with some different options:
Hopefully these tools will help you to develop your German.
Do you have any other tips which you could share about language learning? Did you try and learn the basics in the language of a country where you were going to be an au pair? Get in touch with us and we can share them with the whole AuPairWorld community!