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Learn German now: 15 simple tips for learning German.

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How long does it take to learn German? What tricks can help you learn German and why does a language study trip make sense?

1. Create a learning plan and set goals

You don't just learn German in passing. Therefore, you should get an overview at the beginning and divide the learning material into small sections. Make a list of topics to work on and decide when you want to start. Try to remain realistic and not make too many demands of yourself. A study plan also serves as a kind of performance review and helps you manage the time you have available better. It is important to think about why you want to learn German in the first place. Write down your goals and motivation on a piece of paper. Whenever you don't feel like learning, you can always take a look at it.

2. Study regularly to improve your German

Who hasn't experienced this: Some days you just don't feel like studying. On others, you sit for hours in front of vocabulary and grammar. But it is important to study regularly. It's better to do shorter study sessions more often and try to concentrate only on your material. On the website you can click through German explanations and online exercises (for free!).

3. Eliminate all possible distractions while learning German

Finally you have prepared all your learning tools and want to start learning German. But then your smartphone starts ringing again. Your best friend wants to know what happened at school today. Of course, you have to answer that first and learning is postponed. So don't let it get that far! Turn off your cell phone before studying and let your friends know that you won't be available for another hour. Eliminate all distractions that keep you from studying. Even if it's hard at first, you'll soon notice that a lot more of it sticks.

4. Always learn German nouns with their articles

der, die, das...

You've probably noticed that articles are very important in German. Therefore, you should always learn them at the same time you learn vocabulary. So it's not just "Hund", but "der Hund". If you learn the words with their articles right from the beginning, you will be spared many problems later. By the way, it is recommended to learn the plural form at the same time. Then it is called "der Hund" and "die Hunde". Have a look at our Grammar lesson about German articles here.

5. Create practical learning aids for learning German

First, write vocabulary or important phrases on a piece of paper. You can use a Post-it or a large sheet. Then you distribute these notes in your apartment. Preferably in places where you often spend time. For example, next to the coffee machine, above the stove or on the bathroom mirror. Whenever you are in one of these places, you will automatically glance at the vocabulary you want to learn. You will be surprised how well this works!

6. Build mnemonic bridges and trick your brain with them

Often there are vocabulary words, rules or phrases that just won't stick in your head. No matter how many times you try to memorize them, you can't remember them the next day. Learning is easier with mnemonic devices. They are nothing more than simple mnemonic sentences or small linguistic detours that help us to remember what we have learned. You can also make up little stories about particularly difficult words that lead you to the word.

A Noun is a Person, Place, or Thing

7. Use a highlighter and highlight important points

Highlighting important passages in learning texts is quite useful. This makes you aware of what is important and improves your memory. Repeating what you have already learned will be much easier - this also increases the fun factor. Who is not happy about faster learning effects? But be careful, because: Less is more! If you paint the entire German text, that's it for the faster learning effect.

8. Give your brain a breather, too