If you deal with German every day, even if it’s only 15 minutes, your brain will get used to the language. As a result, German words and sounds are increasingly becoming a part of your life. The language will become less and less foreign to you every day. It will be easier and easier for you to integrate the words into your language usage, to understand German and to formulate thoughts in German.
It’s like all things in life: if you do them every day, you will become an expert in the field.
I have already emphasizedthe special importance of regularity in language acquisition in an earlier article.
It may be a big change for you to sit down every day and listen to German audios or read German texts. I can totally understand that. It also took me a while to get used to the daily language learning. But let me tell you: once you have internalized the right routine, it will be easy for you to learn every day.
Ultimately, it is about installing habits in your life. So it’s best to set a time during the day when you definitely have the opportunity to devote yourself to the German language. In this way, you will arrive at your workplace at the same time every day and learn German. It is important that you decide for yourself not to do anything else during this time than what you have set out to do: learn German.
Once you’ve done this, after a while you won’t question what you’re doing. It will be completely normal for you to listen to German-language audios and read texts. Just as normal as getting up in the morning and brushing your teeth or eating breakfast. Learning German will become a routine for you.
The good and powerful thing about a routine is that it works almost automatically. You no longer have to force yourself to learn German because it has become completely normal for you and is part of your everyday life. If, on the other hand, you decide spontaneously every day whether and how and when to study, you will have difficulty persevering for long.
Routines for a lifetime
My tip: combine your German routine with another routine of your day. Why not right after brushing your teeth in the morning? No joke! So every morning is the same for you: you get up, drink a glass of water, brush your teeth – and learn German. You don’t have the time in the morning? Then just set your alarm clock an hour earlier than usual to have enough time for your language development. And you will see: being so productive in the early morning will enrich your day enormously. The American author Hal Elrod has written an interesting book on the subject of morning routine (https://www.miraclemorning.com/) that I can highly recommend.
By the way, routines are not only suitable for language learning. They can be transferred to all areas of life. Give it a try and you will quickly find that having a daily routine will increase your productivity tremendously so that you will ultimately be able to achieve anything you want.
To give you an example of how it can work, I’ve listed my daily routinefor you. Of course, you don’t have to do it the way I do. Find your own rhythm, depending on what your goals are and what is good for you. Try yourself, learn new things anddevelop yourself!
My everyday routine
A typical weekday looks similar to me. On weekends I rarely get up before 7 a.m. and allow myself a lot more free time. Nevertheless, I still find time for my languages.
- 6 a.m. – get up
- 06.15 – 07.00 – Yoga & meditation
- 7 a.m. – 7.30 a.m. – reading (advanced training)
- 7.30 a.m. – 8.30 a.m. – Language routine
- 8.30 a.m. – 9.30 a.m. – Breakfast and relaxation
- 9.30 a.m. – 2 p.m. – work & projects
- 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. – lunch & relaxation
- 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. – work & projects
- 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Sport & Fitness
- 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. – language routine
- From 8 p.m. – free time