The New Year is here and the time for New Year's resolutions. What are yours? Have you been planning to learn German or brush up on your German skills. 2023 is a good year for it.
But before you embark on your language learning journey, be clear about why you want to learn a language in the first place. Write down your motivation so you always have it in mind.
Language learning consists of different skills and they all need to be practiced: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. When you learn something new, use it immediately. This is important so you can memorize new structures and phrases.
Speaking is often the biggest hurdle when we learn a new language because we are afraid of making mistakes and we might feel a bit odd because we are not used to hear ourselves speak in a different language. Making mistakes is not only OK but necessary! This is how we learn. The more you speak, the more confident you'll become with time and the mistakes will become fewer. If you have no one to speak German with then just speak to yourself. Narrate your day, describe what you are seeing and what you are doing throughout your day. This way you will get used to speaking in a foreign language and after a while it won't seem so strange anymore.
Enjoy your language learning journey and have fun it. You can do it!
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