I’ve been really inspired by Benny The Irish Polygot’s blog Fluent in 3 Months (go read it now!) and now that I’ve decided that I’m staying in Germany, it is time to get off my butt and do something about improving my German. Therefore, I’m taking some of the tips I’ve learnt from Benny and his amazing blog and adding some of my own and coming up with my new language challenge. Some of the things I have started doing this week, but the main language challenge will kick off on the 1st October.
Therefore, from the 1st October I will:
1. Speak only German at the office. My workmates are fantastic guys and this challenge is something that they came up with since I’ve now been living in Germany for a year. It is going to be really tough, but I think speaking only German during the workday is really going to give my German a huge boost.
2. Using Anki, which I’ve loaded on my phone, work through the deck Basic German 2 every single day, thus increasing my vocabularly and reinforcing the words I already know.
3. Listen to German audio for at least 30 minutes every single day. I will be using Deutsche Welle’s Langsam gesprochen Nachrichten and Radio D for this. Even though the Nachrichten is beyond my current level of German, they do provide a transcript so this will be a good opportunity to hear how words are pronounced, which is something I have a lot of problems with.
4. Watch German TV (with subtitles) at least 3 times a week. Due to German TV not having subtitles on most channels, I will be using mainly DVDs for this. I have just brought Coupling (Wer mit wem?), one of my favourite British comedies, so this will get a good workout as will my German language versions of Sherlock and NCIS.
5. Start reading German books. On my bookshelf I have Heidi and the first Harry Potter book in German. I will definitely need a dictionary when trying to read these books, but I’m up for the challenge.
Will I be fluent in 3 months after doing all of this? Honestly, I don’t think I will be, but I am going to give it my very best try. If at the end of the 3 months, I’ve only raised my German to the level of conversational, I will be extremely pleased.
If anyone wants to join me in my language challenge, please do. You don’t have to be learning German, you can substitute it for any language. Also, if you have always wanted to learn a language, then now is the time to start! You can do challenges 2-5 no matter where in the world you are.