German is considered among one of the easier languages for native English speakers to learn. The reason behind that is because English and German are true linguistic siblings—originating from the same mother tongue. A fun piece of trivia: 80 out of the 100 most commonly used words in English are of Germanic origin. These words in English and German derive from the same roots, making them amazingly similar. Additionally, there are an incredible number of German and English words that are identical. Examples are: hand, arm, angst, bitter, kindergarten.
German is the official language of Germany, Austria, Belgium, parts of Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Poland, and Switzerland, and is the most widely spoken language of the European Union after English. Whether you’re planning to enjoy a trip to one of these scenic countries, or have professional obligations in one of the countries where German is the primary language, you’ll want to feel confident in your language abilities.
When you’re excited to learn a new language, the journey can seem fun. And the sense of accomplishment that comes with taking on the challenge is invaluable.
Translation engines are powerful tools to serve as German-English dictionaries. However, don’t confuse translations for language learning. It’s fine to take a few shortcuts on your path, but truly learning a new language goes beyond mere translations and requires a language learning program you can trust.
How Rosetta Stone Can Help
Learning German can be an experience that transforms your life, opening you to a world full of new personal and professional possibilities. It also expands your thinking and can improve your confidence. The ability to learn a new language can be an essential part of how we interact and succeed.
Rosetta Stone’s Dynamic Immersion® methodology teaches you to speak the German language, and doesn’t simply focus on word memorization. This approach is effective as we prepare you to use your new language in your everyday life. Beginners start out by practicing proper pronunciation of basic words. The natural progression moves you on to longer phrases that make up so much of everyday conversation. Rosetta Stone has brief, 10-minute lessons built in just this way. This approach not only conveniently fits in your life, but helps you acquire the skills to understand and be understood with confidence.
One of the most important parts of learning German is to make sure you are using correct pronunciation. Rosetta Stone employs our patented TruAccent™ speech-recognition engine to instantly compare your voice to native speakers, giving you valuable real-time feedback on your German pronunciation. With this in hand, you can quickly adjust and perfect your pronunciation and fine-tune your accent. TruAccent is among the most powerful tools for helping you learn and speak the German language so you can get out and explore the world.
Try Our Award-Winning App
Surround yourself with German whenever, wherever with the Rosetta Stone app .
Download a unit and knock it out on the train or a flight. Select a 5-10 minute lesson and sneak it in while you wait in line or for your ride to show up. And explore dynamic features, like Seek and Speak, where you can point at an object in the real world and get a translation .
The best part? You don’t have to choose between app or desktop. Both come with your subscription and sync, so you can switch between devices seamlessly.