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How to Make Learning German Online Less Mundane

Author: Andrea Trautmann
by Andrea Trautmann
Posted: Jul 17, 2015

When you're learning German online, you may find yourself in a state of boredom from reading the same lessons over and over again. If your instruction has become stagnant and stale, then it's time to switch things up and create ways of remaining motivated to study German online. Ask your German teacher for suggestions and you can also seek advice through online forums affiliated with the course. Here are additional strategies to overcome the humdrum of online German courses.

Study Germany's Loss in World War II

World War II was one of the most pivotal moments in German history and you can visit legitimate online historical sources to learn any little-known truths regarding Germany's role in the conflict. Once you do this, write a five to ten page report on the research you've done. To challenge your German language skills further, attempt to translate the entire report in German and then have the online teacher check it for accuracy.

Join An Online German Community Forum

Another thing you can do to reduce the humdrum in your online German lessons is to join a German language community forum and discuss your opinions with the forum members in German. It allows you to practice writing German fluently and it supplements the online courses well. You can even discuss what the forum members were talking about with fellow class members regarding the latest in German politics and culture.

Write A Love Letter in German to Your Spouse

When we think about romantic languages, we usually think French or Italian, but the German language can be just as romantic. If you're taking advanced German courses online, get creative and compose a heartfelt love letter in German to your spouse if an anniversary or her birthday is coming up. Seek help from the online instructor and read a few online articles on how to express love in the German language.

German Karaoke Night

If you made a few good friends while taking German online courses, you can hold a karaoke night where everyone will take turns singing traditional German folk tunes. If you're able, you can announce all the performers in German and do traditional German folk dances over beer and traditional German food.

German Spelling Bee

If you want to involve the family in your newfound understanding of the German language from the online classes, you can hold a spelling bee in which the family members will each ask you to spell certain German words. Take some blank index cards and write German words on them. Give each family member three cards for them to use during the bee. If you get a certain number of words right, you get to choose what the next family outing will be.

Learning German online doesn't have to feel like a mundane exercise, because with these ideas, you'll enjoy the lessons more and you'll have a better appreciation for German culture and history. You can also pass these ideas on to fellow class members.

About the Author

German Online Institute offers Skype classes, online tutoring, German for travel courses and support to pass language certificates for all levels: A1-C2.

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Author: Andrea Trautmann

Andrea Trautmann

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Member since: Mar 04, 2014
Published articles: 35

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