The Germans are fond of saying, “Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache,” (German language, difficult language), often with a hint of Schadenfreude in their voices. But allow me to let you in on a little secret: German isn’t that difficult. True, it’s got quite a reputation, perhaps best enshrined by more than a few unflattering Mark Twain quotes. And yes, it does present you with 16 different ways to say “the,” and sometimes it has little regard for sensible sentence structure. But at least it’s eminently predictable. English, on the other hand, is riddled with inconsistencies, some utterly non-sensical spelling and a lot of bizarrely fragile tense forms, all of which can trip up even the most experienced learners.
We’ve covered generic advice for learning a language in previous articles. In this article, I’ll focus on specific tips to learn German. These tips will help you over a few of the hurdles you might encounter when you start learning the language, accelerate your progress and make the language less daunting.
In German, you’ll undoubtably be presented with some mind-boggling grammar early on. Don’t fret. The German language gets significantly easier once you’ve scaled the first few conceptual mountains. As you probably know, German nouns are either masculine, feminine or neuter: der, die and das respectively. It’s a very good idea to learn all your nouns with the article from the very beginning.