The German language is really closer to English than any other language you may have heard.
Is it possible to really learn this hard language?
If you want to reach at least the native language level, learn German language from English.
The German Sound
Sometimes people feel intimidated when learning German. Particularly, if you haven’t been learning languages before.
But, language learners who haven’t tried learning an Indo-European language such as German, Dutch or Swedish might find it hard to learn German phrases.
As soon as you get familiar with learning from a German teacher or by yourself, you’ll find this family of languages really easy.
German Grammar and pronunciation rules
Unlike English grammar, a European language has rules on gender and verbs; and for German, a totally distinct German grammar.
You may have to really memorize some of them while you’re trying to create conversational phrases.
Don’t worry though, Germans are understanding so if you can’t speak it well, you can try to reiterate what you said using an English sentence.
Other speaking rules in the German alphabet:
- The ‘ä’ is pronounced like ‘e’ in ‘yelling’
- The ‘ö’ is like ‘i’ in ‘twirl’
- The ‘ ü’ like ‘oo’ in food
- ‘ ß’ is simply pronounced as a double ‘s’.
German and English cognates
Check these English words that are nearly similar to each other. Some even have the same spelling and accent. Other German words may have one letter slightly different.
Yet, they are the same words.
These similar words are called cognates. They have similar-looking letters and sometimes accents or pronunciations.
At times, you may also have that distinct German intonation on vowels. See more of that in our other posts about German grammar lessons.
On the other hand, be careful with words that may have a similar spelling and look but have different meanings!
These words are called false friends/false cognates.
Specific rules for gender isn’t hard to memorize
For you to know the differences, you may need to learn German verbs (even irregular verbs), German nouns, adjectives, or others.
To put it short, there are at least Masculine, Feminine, and Neuter versions of any of the German grammar which is commonly found in an English sentence too.
But it isn’t the same with a basic sentence pattern. You may have to memorize the conjugation along with the grammatical gender.
Both German and English follow the same numbering system (almost)
German speakers and English speakers have one thing in common, the numeric system. Both use the Arabic numerals and numbering system (objects, time, unit system, etc.)
Although English and German have different words for counting, they both follow the same sequences where for each suffix ‘teen’, it is replaced by the German word zehn.
On the other hand, they are different when being said literally. Germans count with the ones before the tens, instead of tens before the ones like in the word 25 (twenty-five).
In German, it will be spoken as five and twenty or fünfundzwanzig.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money
Many English speakers think that for any foreign language complete beginners, they have to spend money on language teachers, buy a premium language learning app, or even go to Germany.
The good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to know how to speak German.
Of course, the downside of this is that you may only know conversational phrases in German or have mistakes when creating a grammatically correct German sentence structure.
Yet, the solution for that is to befriend native speakers from any German-speaking country.
There are many complete German course – beginners online
If you like learning German for free, start with the basic conversations and slowly build up your vocabulary and grammar.
You can start learning the regular patterns of masculine nouns and feminine nouns so that you won’t get confused.
Also, there are lots of Youtube videos for Grammar lessons that you might want to check out.