This is the text of a free eBook, the first of four, all designed to help you with your German!
Over the past several months I've been writing out techniques that have helped clients and myself learn (more) German and it's turned into four eBooks, one about each of the four language skills:
These are the four skills that every quality book or German learning material will exercise, and the four skills you need to be able to communicate in German. This is what needs to be exercised in every lesson, every class, and should be the focus of your German practice each week.
I hope you find them helpful, motivating, and encouraging! Es hat viel Spaß gemacht, sie zu schreiben! If you're on the newsletter list already, you received all four these in an email yesterday (Nov. 14).
The ENTIRE text of "5 Top Tips to Help You Speak German More Easily" is here and if you'd like to get the PDF version, plus the other 3 free eBooks, there is a sign-up at the bottom. And there may be a bonus tip for you somewhere in those eBooks, too!
So, meine geehrte Damen und Herren, without further ado:
5 Top Tips to Help You Speak German More Easily
Erfolg hat drei Buchstaben: t u n !
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
 lit. Success has three letters: do!
To be successful at speaking German, you need to speak, and trying to speak without any form or specific goal makes it more difficult. It’s important to give yourself a specific task or framework for speaking, otherwise you might flounder.
After all, can you imagine trying to cook a new meal without knowing what the ingredients are? Surely not!
Would you ever set out on a road trip without looking at a map first? Probably not. (Although that could result in some fun adventures!)
These tips serve as a road map for you. How to get from A – where you are now to B – speaking German more easily. Try each of them out and see how they work for you. And see what you discover along the way!
Tip #1: Read everything in your book aloud.
When you’re learning German with a textbook specifically for learning German as a Foreign Language, you’ll be learning in a step-by-step manner with a core set of vocabulary so you are continually adding to your knowledge in a process that makes sense. Each section or chapter is like a portion of German.