Goethe. Schiller. Kant. Brecht. – German is the language of poets and thinkers. The West Germanic language is therefore also known to be difficult and complicated. If you google “learn German” you can even read articles and blog posts that list reasons why it is impossible to learn German. We want to stand up to them: As with all languages, there are heavy and light components in German. Yes, German grammar is not the easiest. But is German hard to learn? Definitely no! There are enough reasons why German is not as complicated as many people think and actually easy to learn. We have summarized 5 of them to take away your fear of learning German.
#1 Germans hardly use tenses
Present Perfect Progressive or Simple Past Perfect? Going to Future or Will Future? There are so many tenses in English that even native speakers cannot master them all. In German language you have it easy here: In 99 % of all cases you can use Simple Past when talking about the past. It is also common to use the present tense even when you are talking about the future. For example: No matter whether you want to go to the cinema now, today or tomorrow, in German you always say it in the identical tense: “Ich gehe jetzt/heute/morgen ins Kino”.
#2 German works like an ad-on system
What is the world’s largest toy production company? You know the answer for sure! Nearly everyone played with the colored stones as a child. Correct, it’s LEGO. But what few people know is that the modular system we are familiar with is also applicable to the German language. Because in German a lot of nouns are made up of other words that are simply added together. These new words are then called “Kompositum”. There is no rule that says how many words can be combined with each other. Here is an example to help you understand it better:
|Haus + Tür = Haustür||house + door = entry door|
|Haus + Tür + Schlüssel = Haustürschlüssel||house + door + key = latchkey|
You can go on like this forever. Simple, right? A little fun fact in passing: There is a German word that has 80 letters:
Believe it or not, it exists. But don’t worry, no normal German in the world can read or say this German word, let alone use it.
#3 You say what you read
While in English or French you have to learn not only how to write words, but also how to pronounce them, you don’t have this difficulty when learning German. You will also notice that many of the words you learn will look familiar to you, because German and English have the same linguistic roots. Whether “Generation”, “Hunger”, “Ball” or “Material” you surely know all these words from English, only that you pronounce them in German exactly the way you read them. That makes learning German much easier.
#4 The word “Bitte” helps you in many different situations
If you want to learn German, the ultimate tip for beginners is: Learn the word “Bitte”. Because this little word with only five letters can be used in many different situations. Here are a few examples:
- Bitte. = You are welcome.
- Bitte. = Please.
- Bitte. = Go ahead.
- Bitte. = Here you go.
- Bitte? = Pardon?
#5 Der, die or das? – If you’re insecure, use “die”
“Der”, “die” or “das Blume” (= flower)? The correct answer is: “die Blume”. In German, every noun also has a companion, the “Artikel”. This is probably what most people who learn German are afraid of. When do I use which article? The best thing is to learn the “Artikel” while learning vocabulary. But if you forget which is the right one, just use “die”. In German, half of all nouns are described by “die”. In second place with about 30% is “der” and only every fifth noun is preceded by a “das”.
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