9 Things to Know About Studying German – Your Questions Answered!
Are you interested in studying German? Are you wondering whether you could become fluent in less than a year? Do you want to get to know the German culture for real? If you replied yes to these questions, here you can find 9 things you might be want to know about studying the German language.
Cactus offers outstanding German language courses for adults and juniors. If you have any questions about any of our courses please call us on +44 1273 830 960 or contact us. Our team of multilingual experts will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
How do I start studying German?
Any second language learner knows how scary it can feel to start studying a new language. It might feel overwhelming to choose how to begin this journey. The safest and the most effective option is to take a German course for beginners. This way you will know that you are not alone. Everyone else in the class will know pretty much nothing about the language, like you! Isn’t it exciting?!
We offer such courses for beginners in various location in Germany and in Austria. We also have options in the UK, in case you don’t feel ready for a full immersion programme yet. And if none of these options would work for you and you are more of a lone wolf, you can choose to take private classes with us. Pretty much everywhere in the world.
There are a few more ways for you to start studying a language. There are plenty of apps and websites and you can check them here. Not only they are free, but very popular and it will learn some words and useful expressions. Of course, a bilingual dictionary is a must for learning a new language. Besides, you can download the German Language Kit with everyday expression you might need.
Why study German?
Well, not only it is cool, but also it is spoken in 3 different countries in Europe. It is the official language of the strongest business countries in Europe, Germany. Circa 15 million people speak it as their second language! If they made it, you could do it too!
Here are a few reasons why you would consider studying German:
✅ You would manage to make friends with German speaking people, for real.
✅ You would experience the German culture from the point of view of an insider
✅ It would look great on your CV!
✅ It is in the same language family as English, so you would be surprised to see how similar they are.
Where can I study German?
As mentioned, you could start learning German language online or in your home country. Yet, the best way to immerse yourself where people speak it on a daily basis is the easiest, most effective way. With our immersion programmes you study German in a wide range of locations.
If you decide to go and learn it in one of our amazing cities in Germany, you will not regret it!
How do I learn German fast?
If you want to learn German fast, it’s recommended a full immersion programme. This way not only you will learn the language in a traditional classroom setting, but you will get the chance to meet German speakers everywhere around you. Also, you will listen to other people speaking, to the radio, the tv, the announcements on the train and so on. In other words, you will have the possibility to practice you newly acquired skills in the real world. Learning a language in the country where it is spoken is the best and quickest way to do it.
Some people prefer to start with an online course. Then try an immersion programme when they feel ready, but you can do as you wish.
Can I learn German in 6 months?
Every language can be acquired under a year, to a certain extent. No second language learner will tell you that it is an easy task. You will need to put a lot of effort into it and if you truly commit to it, yes you can reach you goals in under a year.
This would depend by the level of German you have when you start. In case you are a complete beginner you could get to an intermediate level in around 6 months. Then, it also depends on your native language. Everybody can become fully proficient in any language. But it might take a little bit more time or effort to those whose native language is very different from German. In any case, the most important factor is your dedication.
A very good idea would be taking a course that offers 20 to 30 sessions per week. In addition to that, you should try to practice your skills for some extra time every day, which would come natural in a German environment.
So, to reach your goals you have to be a little bit strict with yourself but don’t forget to have fun while you are at it!
How do I become fluent in German?
You will need patience as well as time and constancy. No one can start studying a new language and learn it overnight and make zero mistakes right from the beginning. To learn you will have to make mistakes. Besides, you will have a better chance to become proficient if learn from your mistakes.
You can also practice with your German speaking friends who make the effort to speak only in German with you. Some of them will have the tendency to switch to English. Be patient and remind them that it is very important for you to practice your German as much as possible. Don’t be afraid to ask them to slow down a little if you don’t understand and to repeat if you need them to. After a while you will not need to do so anymore.
Then, you can watch German TV, especially kids TV shows and cartoon. YouTube videos are also great and you can start listening to music in German. There is a great variety of ways for you to practice German and get closer to your goals.
If you do all this in addition to a German Course in a German speaking countries, you will see some pretty amazing results within 6 months.
Is it too late for me to start learning German?
No, it is never too late to start learning a language! Yes, is appears to be easier for children but no study ever proved that it is impossible for older adults to become fluent in a new language! And, it is never too late for new experiences, to meet people with similar interests. It is never too late to study German.
You are the one who chooses how, when and where to study it and most you should enjoy it. Studying German can be fun and if it isn’t then you should change something about the way you are doing it. Otherwise you will not achieve the results you want.
Sometimes you attitude towards the language might affect your results. Even more than your age! To make it even more enjoyable we offer some 50 plus courses dedicated to the students over the age of 50. They combine the language classes with fun and recreational activities. So to make you experience some of the culture as well.
So many German courses! Which one should I go for?
Well, that is a question that only you can answer. We have a great variety of courses for different types of students. Depending on their goals. And especially on the time they can commit to the process of learning a new language.
If you don’t have much time, probably the best option for you would be our private classes. In alternative, you can take part time evening classes in the UK
However, if you have more time, the best idea would be an immersion course in a German Speaking country. We have standard and intensive courses from 15 to 30 lessons per week. This way you would be able to spend the rest of your time to make friends and have conversations with those who live there.
Besides, you should try to take one extra activity during your stay in a German speaking country. Join the gym, or a dance course or painting classes! Anything that would help you meet more people and discover the culture and that will provide you with more chances to use German as much as possible.
What about studying German online?
It is possible to study at least the basics of German online. But not only you will not have any opportunity to interact with German Speakers, you will also miss the opportunity of a great experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. In any case, you can download one of the apps that would help you begin your learning adventure.
Other options would be the virtual classrooms or the private online tuition. They are a valid alternative as they offer the opportunity to interact with the teachers and the other students. Which would also motivate you even more.
Are you looking to start studying German? Do you dream about exploring Germany whilst learning the language? Cactus offers a variety of excellent German language courses for adults and German language camps for juniors, for those looking to start an immersive language experience.
How to Book a German course and start studying German?
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