Does this sound familiar?
You’ve been learning German for a while now and you’re about to read a new text. You scan over it and spot several words you don’t know…. and you get annoyed with yourself! Surely you should know those words! Why don’t you know those words? Will you ever learn German properly? Oh, all this is so disheartening!
Does this also sound familiar?
You’re reading a newspaper article in English (or whatever is your native tongue) and you come across a few words you don’t know. You either ignore those words or, if they are really vital and/ or you really want to know, you look them up. Not once did you start to panic and thought ‘Oh, I’ll never learn English (or your language) properly!’
Most likely not!
We’ve all been there. We’re happy to read something in our own language even if there are words we’re not sure. But as soon as it’s a foreign language we get frustrated!
So, today’s blog post is a chance for you to take a break and look at what you CAN do.
That text you read, which had unknown words or structures, look at it again and pick out all the words you do know. If it’s possible highlight those words. Unless it’s a text that is not suitable for you yet as it’s, for example, for advanced learners whereas you’ve only just started to learn German, there are most likely more words you do know than you don’t.
Here are 5 strategies for the next time you feel frustrated because there is something in your German text/ work/ exercise that you’re struggling with:
EDIT 2019: You can now also buy my notebook. It’s a lined notebook purely for writing your success stories: Success Journal for German Learners
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