If you really want to make a life in Germany, you have to speak German. That’s the only way to tackle everyday tasks and get to know your neighbours.
Who helps you Learn German Language
If you want to learn German while your asylum application is being processed, the best things to do is look around the opportunities of your local area. There are often volunteers like teachers, who offer German classes in refugee homes or in the nearby christian church. These courses are totally free. If you want to learn German like that, you can also turn to the local refugee aid centres or representatives of the state refugee councils.
More affordable classes are offered by the adult education centres (Volkshochschule or VHS). Classes only start twice in a year, usually in March and September. On the VHS website, you can look for classes all over Germany or you can go to State Office(Rathaus) for more information. Some social organisations(Caritas, AWO) also have some school to teach German to the refugees.
Many universities now also offer special German classes for refugees. Check whether the university closes to you has any such German courses available. Offers vary from city to city.
In Integration course, you mainly learn German, but you’ll also learn about your rights and obligations and the basics of German politics and society.
Information how to get into one of those integration classes are provided by the local immigration office.
There are special regulations for young refugees: Asylum applicants who have been to school for less than years or more fall under Germany’s compulsory education law in almost all federal states. They usually have to start school six months after their arrival. Most German schools have so-called welcome- or integration classrooms. Here, children also learn German and teachers tell them about German way of living and culture.
Tips for Learning German
Speaking a new language is so hard because it requires you to use the knowledge you have just learnt, and call on it quickly. That’s why you need to practise a lot. If you don’t have anyone to speak German to, then just practice with yourself.
Children’s books and comics are written in a simple style and there are also pictures. That’s why they are so good for people who are starting out, learning German. Some children’s books even exist in two languages.
Learning German vocabulary that is useful for everyday life is particularly important. Try to write your shopping list and other notes for yourself in German. It might take a bit longer, but we promise that you will learn a lot.
Try to write your shopping list and other notes for yourself in German.
The most important thing is that you can be understood. That doesn’t mean that every sentence has to be perfect. And it is not a big deal if you can’t get the article of the noun right. Think – many people that you speak with, won’t even know any other foreign language.
When you are a beginner, it may be hard to understand anything at all on German radio. But, by listening more, you will develop a feel for the language.
A good opportunity to come in contact with native German speakers is to get a “tandem partner.” You should try to meet a German person who wants to learn your language and then you can help each other.
Music makes you feel emotion and it brings people together. But it can also help you learn a language too. In Germany there are a lot of different singers and bands, so you are sure to find something you like.
There are lots of good German films or TV series, many with subtitles. But you can also watch one of your favourite Hollywood films, in the dubbed German version. This is also a good way to combine learning German and enjoying a bit of entertainment.