Most German learners make the mistake of kicking off their learning by drilling random vocabulary words. Then, they start noticing all these small changes happening to various words and don’t have a clue what’s going on.
If you start by leveraging your advantages as an adult learner (my step #1) and then take the time to build the right [grammar!] foundation (my step #2), then you are properly set up to work on building [thematic!] vocabulary as well as other skills here in Step #3.
Just like a baby learns to understand, speak, read, and write in particular sequences and stages, so, too, are there better, more systematic ways for us to learn a foreign language!
If you want to learn smarter (not harder), it’s key to start Step #3 off with the easiest skills first and work up to the hardest ones. This means, for example, to focus on reading comprehension before listening comprehension, and on writing before speaking.
Again, this is the opposite of how most German learners think they’re ‘supposed’ to learn. Most try to start formulating their own spoken sentences right away and end up just solidifying lots of mistakes that are hard to correct down the road.
My German courses following Step #2 (German Foundations) are still in their beta versions, but here is a sketch of what you as a German Foundations graduate will experience when you continue studying with me:
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