Even before you think about which materials to study, or your method for learning German, you need to take a step back and understand your underlying reason for wanting to speak German. This is your Big Why.
My “Big Why” is an unquantifiable passion for languages. It isn’t something measurable like “So I can speak to X number of people in the world”, but it has to do with enriching my life with friendships and experiences, which you can’t really measure.
To improve your German quickly, you must speak from the very first day you start learning German. This speak from day one approach is the fastest and most efficient way to learn German – especially if you speak with native German speakers.
Here are some reasons for learning German that could be your Big Why:
- To have conversations with German speaking family members
- To find a job in a German company (Germany is one of the biggest economies in the world)
- To speak with natives as you travel in the heart of Europe
- To read the classics of German literature (think Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Herman Hesse and Franz Kafka)
- To get an inside view of German culture