And How to Use One Realistic Goal
(Really, Just One)
Part 1 of 3
Frohes neues Jahr zusammen!
I hope you’re all ready for a new year of German learning, because it is going to be a blast here in 2018! Keep in mind that my 5 year anniversary is coming up in July, so keep an eye out for some fun times ahead (and a give-away!).
Today's post is Part 1 of 3 and there's even a bonus worksheet on day 3! They'll be going out today and the next two days, so be sure to check your email for these bite-size posts. (And Subscribe to Das Blog on the right to get the emails if you don't yet!)
What I won’t be doing now in the new year is writing a post like:
“How to make 2018 your best German learning year yet!”
“How to go from Beginner to Advanced Speaker in 1 year.”
Because that would be dumm wie Brot. Nobody needs clichéd maxims about learning a foreign language—that’s why you’re here and not on some other German learning website. Those kinds of posts are totally unrealistic! Let's be realistisch and by that I mean let's be German about what we're doing here.
Consider this true story:
A guy who was an absolute beginner once asked if he could get to level B1 in a year, with a 1-hour lesson and 4-5 hours of study time each week. He was married, with a kid, working a full-time job, and he and his wife owned their own house.
Das geht einfach nicht. So I was honest with him and told him it was unlikely he would learn that much German in a year. To go from an absolute beginner to an intermediate-level speaker, an independent user? Highly unlikely.
Yeah, yeah, I know what you’re thinking, “Nicole, you became fluent in German in 6 months! That must be possible!”
Under the right circumstances, and a freakish knack for languages, SURE! I wasn’t working very much, I had access to German media 24 hours a day, and ample opportunities to shoot the breeze with the Bäckerverkäuferin at my local baker. Plus I definitely have a predisposition for languages. Not everybody has this, and boy do some people have a greater predisposition than I do--some people speak 13 languages?! Geesh!
Are those your circumstances? Ich denke eher nicht.
So stop comparing yourself to other people and set yourself some realistic goals. Figure out what a realistic goal for you is.
These are 3 ways to totally screw up your German learning in 2018, each followed by two suggestions, one a realistic goal for the year and the other a stretch goal that you could reach with the right planning and dedicated execution.