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How do you practise your German when you’re no longer a beginner?
One way is to incorporate the new language into daily tasks. And even better, combine your love of German learning with your hobby!
Today’s post is for those who love sewing!
Not only will you learn vocabulary that’s important to you (rather than learning the stuff from textbooks), you will improve your German reading skills (when you read newsletters, articles in magazines or on websites, and patterns), your listening skills (when you watch a YouTube video) and your writing skills (when you make notes about a pattern).
And you will do all that with websites or videos about sewing! Win – win!
To start you off I have done some research and found some interesting websites for you to check out.
Although they sell a lot of instruction kits, there are also many free downloadable instructions (Priced at €0.00) and videos.
- Pattydoo has lots of patterns that you can download for free. There are even some in English. Those of you who want to learn how to sew, will find lots of instructions on their Nähen lernen page. or check out their Nähanleitungen page with lots of ‘how to’ aticles. There is also a whole page with Nähvideos
- Wunderweib has a whole section with sewing instructions.
- And so has Handmade Kultur
- The magazine Brigitte, which I’ve mentioned in blog posts before, also has a big section on sewing, with lots of instructions from beginners to advanced.
Soon, you’ll know how to cut the fabric (der Stoff) with scissors (die Schere), then use needle and thread (die Nähnadel/ das Garn) or your sewing machine (die Nähmachine) to make something beautiful.
Here are a few YouTube videos to give you an idea:
Fancy making a case for playing cards?
This video exlains some typical sewing terms, but in German ☺
This video teaches you how to sew a skirt without using a pattern
Can you see your sewing helping your German? I hope so!
You could even, if you wish, make notes in my new planner: Sewing Project Planner for German Learners