The first time when I taught German was in 2016, a few students, about 8 as far as I remember. Back then, my students were very young. German is a completely different language to Nepalese, my mother tongue. Although I had learned English since my kindergarten, it is one of our official languages. However, the language of instructions in colleges and Universities is English. Do you want to learn German? Learning German might be different in your country than it is in mine. Wondering how the German language looks like? Check this out. Learning a new language is always fun. I know a few words in other languages like Chinese, Russian, Japanese, and French. English and Hindi, I can speak them fluently apart from my mother-tongue. A little about education is written here though.
Learn German the hard way
I would not say it is easy to learn a foreign language in a few months and be good at it. Learning a new language is like being a child but with a mature brain, in my experience. You have a lot of ideas but you cannot express them because you do not have natural control over the language and vocabulary. So how does one learn a new language in a reasonably short time?
There is no formula for success.
- Listening Carefully: Listen carefully to the audio or your teacher because German is a bit tricky language when it comes to listening. The words are longer, like tongue-twisters, and grammar is a bit overwhelming for beginners. German accents are hard to catch, but not impossible.
- Repeat: A wise one once told, practice makes a man perfect. This is true for the German language too. The more you engage with the language, the better it gets.
- Write: Writing is one of the best exercises one can do to practice one’s language skills. I would say, you should start from the basic sentences, then build it complex after a few modifications. For example, a typical English sentence can be made complex, I eat rice. This can be written more complex, as, I eat rice every day with my family. Adding more complexity, I eat fried rice with eggs and salad every day in my old apartment with my family, and so on.
- Read: Reading a lot is a good habit. It builds an environment around you where you can use your imagination to make sense of what’s written on a book, or you can modify the existing sentences in the book to make your own.
- Take a class: A real teacher is as important as everything listed above all. Do not buy the mainstream hype of learning everything online. A personal touch makes a lot of difference, especially a mentor.
My Learning Experience
My learning experience has been a smooth ride for the German language. I joined the official German Institute “Goethe Zentrum” in Kathmandu back in 2013, and finished my studies up to CEFR B1 in 2014. I also taught for a few months in a local consulting firm. How was it different from how I learned other courses at my University? Learning German was fun, the first day started with passing balls to students as a game, and asking their whereabouts in German, and a few days passed by like that. The class was more interactive, we also had listening sections where there were different things like songs, or conversations, etc to listen. Christmas time was fun too, we sold some food at Christmas on a small stall in the Institute. It was fun. I joined another institute and joined the CEFR B2 Classes before I went to Germany. In Germany, I completed my B2 German course at University as part of my Master’s degree. Learning German was fun for me, and I was good at it.
I had some problems with remembering the Gender in German, like every other non-native student of the language, and I still have that problem, seems like it wouldn’t go away but I have made my peace with it. Remember, practice makes a man perfect.
My Teaching Experience
I have taught twice. Once in 2014, and in December 2019. My students were very attentive in 2014. All of them were pretty young and were very willing to study in Germany, which they finally did, many of them are now in Germany, some of them I met in Berlin. They were regular to the class and never missed homework. This is very important, practice. They were also very active in the classroom. I taught with a book, and wrote on a whiteboard, that was it and played some audios whenever required. Now the situation has changed. My teaching technique has changed a bit after I came back from Germany. Now I focus more on how confident a student can try to be while speaking, while speaking correctly, with clear tone, confidence, without hesitation or a crackling-voice. I focus more on how my students research to find certain things over the web and in the book, the exercises been more intended to keep the students active.
Overall, my experience with the German language has become quite fun and cool. Want to learn German? Try some online courses with a mentor or join a local institute nearby. You can connect me on Telegram -> Learn German with me, subscribe to my Telegram Channel, https://t.me/germanexams.
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