Three months ago, I wrote this post which featured ten songs I listen to in order to improve my German. And because it’s now summer time and many of you (me included) are probably planning on going on holiday, I thought it would be appropriate to do an ‘Italian’ version of the post – because Italy is a perfect place to go on holiday, don’t you think?
When learning a language, it is important to practice all the different skills: you need to write, read, speak and listen. Now, if you’re learning a language in school, it’s easy to do all the reading, writing and speaking. I found it’s the listening that you don’t get enough of – sure, you listen to your teacher and sometimes you get to watch a short video, but I don’t think that’s enough. When I first started really learning English, I constantly watched TV series and listened to music. It’s what really helped me to understand the language, its structures and how it works. Without my obsession with The Vampire Diaries (I was 13, okay), I probably wouldn’t be here today, living and studying in the UK.
As easy as it was to watch TV and listen to music when I was learning English, it gets more challenging now. Sure, I study German and Italian at uni, but the fact is that I have less time to indulge myself in TV and there are far less things available in Italian (or German, for that matter) than there are in English. It’s understandable, of course, but frustrating at times. How am I supposed to improve?
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Learning a foreign language is a challenging and lifelong process. It requires a lot of energy and dedication. To truly master a language, it is not nearly enough to just go to lectures and learn all the grammar and set vocab lists. You need to immerse yourself in it, to experience it not only as a learning material but as something that is a part of your everyday life (which is what a language is – it’s not something you memorize, it’s something you live). With some languages it is easier than with others – for example, surrounding yourself with English is not difficult at all, as English already is everywhere (think of most of the songs you hear on the radio, most of the films and TV shows you watch etc.). But what if you want to learn another language? Well, that’s what I’m here for!
In this post I decided to share with you my 10 favourite German songs that I, a student of the German language, listen to all the time. Listening to music is something you can do on the go and if the songs you listen to are in your target language, you’re having fun & you’re learning at the same time. I understand how hard it can be to find some good songs in your target language that you enjoy listening to. Hopefully this list will give you some inspiration and motivation to improve your German. (And even if you don’t learn German, you can still listen to these. They are great songs, no matter the language.)
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If you are anything like me, you often experience the can’t-stay-focused procrastination. The will is there but your brain keeps running away and instead of thinking about German grammar, you end up imagining your future career as a popstar. This can be a huge problem when you really really need to study for that super important exam you have in two days. And as I know and understand this struggle oh too well myself, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite things to do when I need to get in the study mindset.
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As you may or may not know, I am a language student. I study joint honours German and Italian at university whilst also doing an international mobility course in Japanese. Oh, and did I mention that I am Czech and English is not my native tongue? My point here is not to boast but to show that I have done a lot of language learning in my life. And one thing I learned during those years of trying to navigate which language I should be using in which situation: finding a good online dictionary is important… and tough.
I decided to share with you some of my favourites. If you ever need to search for a word you can’t remember or check if you’re using the correct connotation, you might like to use one of these!
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