Before learning German, it’s important to know a little bit about the language learning basics.
No, we’re not talking about knowing how to say “hello,” “thank you,” and “one beer, please” (although this is helpful, of course). We’re talking about knowing a little bit about how languages work and the basic parts of a language.
- Germany is the world’s second-largest exporter.
- The German economy ranks number one in Europe and number four worldwide. Its economy is comparable to that of all the world’s Spanish-speaking countries combined.
- Germany is home to numerous international corporations.
- Direct investment by Germany in the United States is over ten billion dollars.
One of the first steps in learning a language is to learn a little bit about what makes up a language and the unique aspects of the language you want to learn.
Four Language Learning Skills
So what does learning German really involve?
Basically, learning German involves learning four related skills:
- Reading in German
- Listening in German
- Speaking in German
- Writing in German
German pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary are keys to these skills.
The difficulty of each skill depends on the person. For many, reading in German is easier than writing or speaking, but for some, speaking is the easiest. You’ll discover what your strong points are as you start to learn the language.
As you can imagine, learning any one of these skills also helps you to learn the others. They’re all very important if you want to become fluent in German.