Next Steps in German

Next Steps in German:

After the first step on this Easiest Foreign Languages web site enables you to read and pronounce thousands of German words similar to English, what should your next steps be?

For adult beginners, reading German is easiest.

Second Step: READING MORE GERMAN. Because English and Easiest German share many words that look alike in print, the easiest ability for you to continue to develop will be reading more in German. You can read at your own pace, unlike being forced to keep up when trying to listen.

Reading German will be helpful if you travel. You will find that reading some German will help enable you to read your way around Germany, because finding your way depends so much on reading, even more than speaking and listening.

Third Step: LISTENING. Listening to understand spoken German is more difficult than reading and will develop much more slowly, because the sounds of German differ greatly from English -- and foreigners seem to speak so fast. However, listening to instructional audio as a second step is a good way to begin learning to understand all those German sounds.

Fourth Step: SPEAKING. Speaking German is more difficult to learn than reading or listening. The pronunciation patterns of German are different than the ones you are used to in English. Even many of the German words spelled identically to English ones are pronounced differently.

Fifth Step: Writing German. The most complex skill, writing will develop last, as it does in your native language.


Easiest German is the easiest start of the simplest learning sequence for adult beginners:

1. Seeing words similar to English in Easiest German: This focuses on single German words you already know from English, enabling you to begin to read a little German.

2. Saying the German words similar to English in Easiest German: Pronounce single German words, learning the German variation of words you already know how to pronounce in English.

3. The Ten Easy German Lessons on this web site are the easiest way to begin learning German, because you will find out how much you know about German just because you know English.

4. Listening to Audio of Tourist Phrases for German: Progress from familiar single words in steps one and two above toward listening to spoken German. Then saying short German phrases useful for travel.

5. Studying an Instructional Course in German: Progress from phrases to complete sentences, and German grammar required for sentences.


Links for Next Steps in German:


Learn German the Fast and Fun Way, by Paul Graves


Features German words similar to English.


German Vocabulary Cards

German Vocabulary Cards 1500 Nouns for Kindle

German Vocabulary Cards 1000 Verbs for Kindle

German Vocabulary Cards 675 Adjectives for Kindle

German English Visual Bilingual Dictionary, by DK Publishing



Beginner's German Reader, Everyday life experiences of young German people, by Heinz Thörn

For advanced beginner children

First German Reader For Beginners, by Lisa May, with parallel texts

First German Reader, A Beginner’s Dual Language Book

For advanced beginners and intermediates.

Five Great German Short Stories / Funf Deutsche Meistererzahlungen, A Dual Language Book, by Stanley Appelbaum [avail. US only]

For advanced beginners and intermediates.

Short Stories in German, Parallel Texts, by Ernst Zillekens

For advanced beginners and intermediates.

German for Reading, by Karl C. Sandberg

Jannach’s German for Reading Knowledge, by Richard Alan Korb

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