This Easy German Lesson 1 Easiest German is the EASIEST WAY TO BEGIN LEARNING GERMAN
These Easy German Lessons will show you how to begin learning German as easily and enjoyably as possible.
Find out how much you already know about German just because you know English. Since you’ve already spent years studying English, that means you also have been learning some German for years without realizing it. There are the many similarities between the two languages you are probably unaware of.
Here is a list of what you will discover in these Easy German Lessons that you already know about German from English:
1. 1,000 words that are spelled exactly or nearly like English words, and mean something similar. They are called COGNATES.
In speaking English, most people use only 800 to 2,000 words. So knowing this large number of cognates amounts to a great head start that will help make German easier for you.
2. Other German words that are more loosely related to English words — but related enough to help you remember the German word.
3. All these words common to both languages will enable you to read a little German (especially with the aid of a dictionary to help with other unfamiliar foreign words.)
This will give you a large core of knowledge about German based on your acquaintance with it in English.
It will be effortless to transfer this knowledge you already have to the new language.
This will be much less difficult than immediately trying to learn totally new words, new pronunciations, and new grammar of German. Those you will be able to acquire more readily after this easy introduction to German.
Gradually this new approach will lead you comfortably from identical (duplicates) to similar words that are slightly different in spelling than familiar English words.
By the time you finish these Easy German Lessons, you will be aware of the main parallels (similarities) between the two languages. With all this familiar knowledge as a base, you will be well prepared, and hopefully inspired, to tackle all the new words and pronunciations and grammar you will need to acquire to learn German.
This easiest possible beginning may encourage you to want to learn more German.
Let these Easy German Lessons show you the similarities between German and English. This introduction to German has been designed to be as effortless as possible for you. This will give you the gift of understanding some German without the heavy burden of studying. Enjoy it!
EASIER THAN OTHER GERMAN INSTRUCTION
You will find this new type of introduction to German to be a much easier way to get into the language than any of the traditional first steps — such as books or tapes of tourist phrases.
Instead, these Easy German Lessons will make those less difficult for you as a second step— because you will bring to them an awareness of this mass of information about German you already are acquainted with from English.
Learning a foreign language can be overwhelming, to the critical point of discouraging many beginners after initial difficulties or failure. Some people get discouraged trying to learn the new words, new grammar, and new sounds. To understand why this new approach will be so helpful, consider all the things that must be learned:
Obstacles To Foreign Language Learning
1) New words
a) their meanings
b) new spellings
c) new pronunciations
2) Listening to a new language
a) new sound patterns
3) Speaking a new language
a) new phrasing
b) new emphasis and accent
4) New grammar and word order
5) New idioms
REDUCES LEARNING OVERLOAD
These Easy German Lessons are the first to reduce the learning overload as much as possible. This way you as a beginner do not have to start out learning totally new words and grammar. This postpones for you many of the obstacles to be overcome until you are better prepared after this easy introduction through words that are similar in both languages.
Only gradually will this approach introduce you to different spellings of German cognates for familiar English words.
New pronunciations are introduced along the way. In these Easy German Lessons you will be happy to find they are less difficult. Since you already have experience with the cognates from English, it is easier to focus on learning the German pronunciation of these familiar words.
These Easy German Lessons will help you begin to learn how to pronounce German in the easiest possible way, by starting with the obviously German words you already know in English. In this way you will readily begin to grasp the patterns of pronunciation in German.
As a child, you learned your native language in a natural sequence. First listening (to parents' words), second speaking, third reading (in grade school), and last writing (in the middle grades).
However, the learning sequence differs when you are an adult beginning to learn this foreign language:
First: Reading. Because English and German share many words that look alike in print, the easiest ability for you to develop will be reading some German.
Second: Listening. Listening to understand spoken German is more difficult than reading and will develop much more slowly, because the sounds of the two languages differ greatly and foreigners seem to speak so fast. However, listening to instructional audiotapes as a second step is a good way to begin learning to understand what all those foreign sounds mean.
Third: Speaking. Speaking German, especially speaking it correctly, is more difficult to learn than reading or listening. The pronunciation patterns are different than the ones you are used to in English. Even most of the words spelled identically to English ones are pronounced differently.
Fourth: Writing. Writing, the most complex skill, would develop last, as it does in your native language.
INCIDENTAL LEARNING OF UNFAMILIAR GERMAN WORDS
At the start of this Easy German Lesson, the story in German has revealed that you already are acquainted with some German words — the COGNATES with similar spelling in English.
This first story has also revealed that you can comprehend enough of these cognates to enable you to deduce the meanings of some of the unfamiliar short words in German that serve as articles, conjunctions, and prepositions.
So along the way you'll also learn a few new German words just because they connect these look-alike words you already understand. You’ll absorb unfamiliar words, but it won't require much concentration or study — you'll just pick up a few new words as you roll along.
You'll also learn a bit about German grammar along the way. But it too will be painless incidental acquisition.
EASIEST GERMAN WORDS FOR YOUR TRAVELS
The focus in these Easy German Lessons is primarily on look-alike words that will be helpful for you as a tourist traveling where German is the main language. This draws your attention first to words that will be most useful for your travel, by isolating them from the remainder of the thousands of cognates that are similar in the two languages.
Learning to read some German will be helpful if you plan to visit Germany. You will find that reading some German will help enable you to navigate your way around, because that depends so much on reading, even more than speaking and listening.
Unlike German Phrase Books for travelers, these Easy German Lessons feature words that are similar to English, making these tourist word lists the easiest beginning for you.
This will make a Phrase Book with its unfamiliar German words less difficult for you as a second step.