How to study a FL -German
HOW TO STUDY A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Learning a foreign language is a lot like learning to play a musical instrument or a sport. It requires regular practice! Your ability to understand and communicate in German will increase each day -- if you are willing to use the language! Here are some recommendations for studying the language!
Listen carefully when new material is presented, and take notes, if appropriate. Ask the teacher questions, and ask yourself whether or not you really understand. If you are given class time to start an assignment,
do it! That way, you will be able to ask the teacher for help.
Speak German as much as possible. Once you have learned the phrases such as "I have a question." ( Ich habe eine Frage? ) and "May I sharpen my pencil?" (Darf Ich meine Bleistift Anspitzen?) you should use them, rather than English.
Don't expect to understand everything
Try not to become frustrated when you don't understand something the teacher says. You aren't expected
to understand everything! Your comprehension will improve over time, so be patient.
Expect to make some mistakes
Mistakes are a normal part of the learning process. The important thing is to learn from them.
Learn to make some intelligent guesses
There are hundreds of cognates (words that look or sound the same as their English equivalents). Learn to recognize them and use them. What do you think the following
Expect some language and cultural differences>
This may be your first contact with another language and culture, so it may surprise you to learn that Englishis odd, and has many exceptions, and our culture is different, rather than the other way around.
Practice every day
You didn't master the English language without a lot of repetition and practice, and the same will be true of learning a foreign language. Spend 15-20 minutes reviewing,
in addition to doing assigned homework.
Experiment to find your own learning style.
Some of you may need to write new words five or more times in order to learn them, and others may find flash cards more helpful. The important thing is to use what works best for you.
Aids to learning
Everyone has different learning styles, and must determine the most effective way to master the material. Here are some suggestions:
- Make flash cards, with English OR
a picture on one side and German on the other side
- Use copies of the tapes at home
- Write out the answers to textbook exercises (at home, never in class)
- Correct and / or redo homework exercises
- Review textbook exercises that were done in class
- Say words aloud as you study them
- Look at pictures in magazines or newspapers and try to describe them in German.
- Study outside of class with a partner
Keep your notebook and other materials in order, and bring them to class.
What is the difference between a student who gets an A and one who doesn't?
GET HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT. DON'T WAIT UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE!