Learning how to speak German fluently and accurately will help you:
to master all kinds of real-life conversations
discover the joy of learning a second language
unlock a key skill for your professional career
To support you and to make improving your German speaking skills a little easier, we have gathered here:
lots of useful hints and tricks
effective learning strategies and methods
links to other helpful language learning sites on the internet
The units on our portal offer lots of possibilities for practicing your conversational vocabulary and skills:
All of our units is created by experienced language teachers on the basis of real-world situations. That way you learn words and phrases that you can use in actual conversations!
Moreover, our units are all designed to be highly interactive; you partake in dialogues and can record yourself saying new words and phrases out loud. This helps you to improve your German pronunciation and fluency considerably!
Everybody makes them, everybody has one: Mistakes and accents are always part of speaking a second language. Don’t put yourself under too much pressure, because you will make mistakes and have your own little dialect even after years of practice. Perfection is boring!
Everyone hast to start out small: Focus on improving your general pronunciation by always practicing the correct pronunciation of every new word you learn. Our pronunciation web page will tell you how to best go about this!
Talking to Yourself
You are not feeling ready for conversations with actual people? Then simply do some more solo training sessions and talk to yourself in German. You could, for example, write a short dialogue, which you then practice reading out loud before memorizing and taking on the roles of the speakers.
Learning by doing! Whether in a Café or over Skype: Try to find a tandem partner that is a native speaker and start chatting away. This is definitely the fastest route to actual fluency. You can find tandem partners on the website and bulletin board of a university, via your school, or on special tandem websites.
Groups & Clubs
The efficiency of social learning is not to be underestimated! Try to find groups and clubs in your vicinity that exclusively communicate in German. You could, for example, join an German theater group, get involved in a cultural center, or join a book club.
Common Phrases & Expressions
Don't leave words to their own devices! Whenever new vocabulary crosses your path, try to also memorize the appropriate syntactical context. Being able to use words and their matching phrases and expressions will make speaking a lot easier for you.
It happens to the best of us; you are right in the middle of a conversation and you realize you have forgotten an important word or phrase. This problem is easily solved if you have mastered the high art of paraphrasing. Thus, it will definitely pay off if you learn and practice how to say certain things using different words. This could also be turned into a fun game with friends!
Being able to summarize an utterance or text is an essential skill for real-world conversations and communication in general. That is why you should train this technique as often as possible, for example by explaining to someone the content and plot of a movie, novel, or article.
Thinking in German
To really get the linguistic ball rolling, you have to start thinking in the second language. Actual fluency is within reach, as soon as you don’t have to constantly translate every single word from your own language while at the same time speaking another. This goal is only achievable if you are able to immerse yourself as often as possible in the German language – be it via movies, music, audio books, or stays abroad.