Breaking the Language Barrier

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Breaking the Language Barrier

Learning a new language can be overwhelming for some people.  When it comes to the German language, for non-German speakers, the language is perceived as very complex and hard to learn, but once the basic key words are learned, it is relatively simple.  Apart from that many people in Germany, especially in the large cities can speak English.  The German language should not act as a barrier when it comes to working in Germany.  However, it is useful and it will likely enhance your experience as it will be easier to interact within the German society.

Learning German

The best way to learn German is to start before leaving your home country.  There are many ways to do this including language schools, private courses and also online.  Make German part of your everyday routine by reading, practicing with German friends, watching movies with subtitles and listen to the radio.  All this will help you improve your German every day.  In order to master your German, the best solution is to attend language courses.  The best known language service provider is the Goethe-Institut, the official cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Another option would be receiving funding to attend language courses and some employers even offer this within their own department. If the employer does not provide such courses there are many reasonably priced courses provided by the “Volkhochschulen”, the state run adult education institution. Besides this, integration courses are excellent ways to acquire the German language and at the same time familiarize with the German culture.

Apart from all the courses, the ultimate way to learn the German language is to interact and speak to the locals.  At first, it will be difficult to understand different dialects and tones, however, it is the fastest way to learn enough German to communicate.  Like in everything, practice makes perfect and the more you speak the faster and better you will learn.

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