April 30, 2010

Learn German

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Lederhosen, sausages, and Bavaria are usually what come to mind for most people outside of Germany. Just like there are stereotypes for every country, most people can appreciate that not all Germans fall into these three descriptions- well maybe if they are at Octoberfest, but that is another discussion. Another famous writer also too a crack at learning the German language and went as far as to say, “the awful German language” – thank-you Mark Twain.

Castle in The Rhine-Valley

Despite these stereotypes which are often just comical, learning German like any other language can be a very pleasant experience. For non-native speakers of English the femininity, masculinity, and neutrality of nouns will be familiar, and for those native English speakers words like “Kindergarten” finally find their place. What is the best way to learn German? Well text books, evening classes, and quizzes are definitely a good start, but this attempt often feels like grasping math equations instead of taking on the essence of a language. The best way to fully comprehend and use a language is to study in its native country.  So, learn German – in Germany.

The greatest advantage to learning German in Germany is that the usual classroom is extended beyond its four walls. After the “formal” day is over, what was learned is now available for immediate use. Whether that is recognizing your vocabulary words in the grocery store, properly learning how to pronounce numbers while paying, or striking up a conversation with someone who is not on an audio CD, being in Germany is a huge advantage. International Projects is one company who organizes language travel abroad with the focus of learning by doing outside of the classroom.

So why not by pass Mark Twain and experience a bit of Octoerfest along the way and learn German in Germany, e.g. during our summer German courses in Oberwesel

One thought on “Learn German

  1. Ron

    I’ve been learning Germany (in Germany) for a while now. It’s definitely challenging, but rewarding at the same time. It’s awesome that your program gives students a chance to learn the language where it’s spoken. The tendency in language learning is to treat it like “code” instead of a living, dynamic language. When you get to go out and use it and speak to people, though, you actually get a feel for how the language is used.

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