I am learning German using various free resources online. Thank you for your condolences. Have you also picked up a foreign language? Why did you learn it?
Me, I am studying, mainly, so Markus cannot sell me on the streets of Frankfurt for two bags of potatoes. Okay, that may be a bit harsh. I should at least fetch five bags of potatoes, no?
He helps with my studying but I mostly do it on my own. I go to him when I am out of my wits, which is always, and when I need him to check my answers on model tests.
The best part about learning German is there are numerous resources online that are free and high quality. It works for independent learners like me and I suppose for anyone who is afraid of getting the coronavirus at this time. Below are my go-tos for countless useful content that I can only hope to absorb inside my bilingual brain.
This mobile app is the first resource I ever took for learning German. It is casual, fun, and convenient. Like a game! The content is simple and gradually increases in complexity. There are milestones and progress trackers that add motivation, too. The free version is enough for me. But if you decide to get the paid one, buy it at the end of the year for a discount.
Why not check out the institution, right? The website of Goethe Institut has plenty of practice materials for learning German, including a mobile app game that shows users all over the world in real time.
Thank you quality content creators of YouTube for producing well-structured, easy-to-understand, and thoroughly explained German lessons. My favorites are Learn German, Learn German with Anja, Lingoni, Easy German, German Pod 101, and Newborn School.
Each has its own way of presenting lessons and you can select which one matches your learning style or which teacher you relate with most. I switch from one to the other, depending on the subject I want to learn for the day. Currently, I watch Newborn School everyday because I am practicing test taking. All these channels are really powerful and they make learning German fun, too.
Yes, social media can be quite productive. Intentional use, friends! I follow several German food accounts on Instagram to practice my reading skills. The stories are not that useful to me as they talk really fast, by that I mean normal speed for a native speaker, and use slang conversation. But the feed offers good learning materials. You can simply look up your interest and I am sure there is a bread-worshipping German who posts extensively about it.
Markus’ mother recommended the DW app to support my German language learning. I enjoyed taking the placement test – I passed it the first time probably because Markus confirmed my answers.
The most helpful content on DW for me is the beginner full length movie called Nico’s Weg. It is well done, easy to understand, and quite entertaining. Check it out if you are interested in learning German or any of the other free online resources I mentioned here – they help a lot!