In my previous post, I recommended to take the German A1 course at Goethe Institute, especially if you are pressed for time in passing the exam. But what if the school is not located in your area or the course is not in your budget? Not to worry, there are many alternatives in learning German.
1. Self-study books.
There are a lot of Start Deutsch 1 candidates that take the exam by learning the language without the aid of a teacher. In my examination batch, there was one who studied on his own for just one month. Here are some self-study books that can help:
2. Online courses.
If you’re working full-time and don’t have extra hours to travel back and forth to a language school, or if you would like a private or classroom setting that you can follow at your own pace, there are various courses that you can take online. You can try the free demos to see which fits you best.
There are tons of apps that can help you to remember German words and learn German phrases. These apps have definitely helped me to keep recollect everything that I have learned. Some of them even add images and videos that can cement the meaning of the vocabulary words in your brain.
If you get tired of reading from your textbook or need information in minor dosages, then you can watch videos on Youtube. These tutorials also add to any material that you have already started working on. Here are a few channels to check out:
Exchange letters and emails or chat in German by making friends with native speakers online. It’s amazing how an insight or immediate correction from someone who really speaks the language can change the way you speak and write. Just keep in mind to select the right learning partner who will help you focus on your goal. Here are some language exchange sites you can try out:
These are just some of the ways you can learn German and pass the A1 exam in a budget, and those I’ve listed are just a trickle in the bucket. There are more apps, websites, and books out there, so before you subscribe to everything on the list, it’s best to do your research and also determine what type of learner you are.
For me, I work best in a classroom setting, that’s why I went to a language school. If you have no difficulty in being disciplined about learning German on your own, then self-studying for the exam using the methods above would be a piece of cake for you.