Read German online and learn from native-speaking teachers with the courses provided by Lingoda. Learning how to read in German is one of the first steps to becoming fluent in the language.
Learn to read and understand German with Lingoda
For beginners, reading German can be intimidating and challenging. But learning how to read German with Lingoda’s online courses is fun and rewarding. Lingoda integrates reading into all lessons to help you master German texts. All Lingoda class material is written in the target language, so you will start practising your reading skills from day one, and each lesson includes lots of additional exercises.
Reading in German could seem challenging before you start learning the language. With the help of our expert native-level teachers, you’ll overcome all the challenges that come with reading German. Starting with German literature for beginners, you’ll embark on an educational journey that will introduce you to newspaper articles, magazine extracts, and many other types of texts. Reading German is made fun and simple with the Lingoda courses.
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Sample chapters to practise your reading
Take a peek at the curriculum that our in-house team of German experts have prepared for you. Much of our curriculum includes opportunities for you learn to read German. Here are just a few..
Improve your reading skills as you learn to say where you live and where you come from.
During chapter 1 of our beginner German curriculum, you’ll read extracts of people´s memoirs and biographies to understand more about German-speaking people and cultures.. You’ll also learn how to make an introduction formally and informally.
Develop your reading abilities as you learn to describe your hobbies using “gern” and “mögen”.
In chapter 2 of our beginner German curriculum,, you’ll increase your knowledge on topics that concern hobbies, food, movies, music, and many other things relating to likes and dislikes. You’ll also read simple and casual texts related to these topics.
Practise reading German texts as you learn to give more information about yourself.
During this chapter, you will be able to round off your first German learning experience by being able to read a whole introductory text talking about someone’s life, as well as being able to share various things about your own.
Boost your reading skills as you learn to describe your job and your boss and colleagues.
During this chapter, you’ll learn more challenging vocabulary to increase your German reading skills. Here you’ll learn how to read and speak about topics related to work, including working from home, working from the office, full-time job, part-time job, and much more.
Meet some of Lingoda’s German teachers
When you choose to learn a new language, you often don’t get to pick your teacher beforehand or know anything about them. Lingoda has a large selection of qualified, native-speaking professionals that rotate, so you get to experience different accents and teaching styles and learn something about them in advance. Meet some of our German teachers and discover why they love teaching online with Lingoda.
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Frequently asked questions
Reading is integrated into all our lessons, with a variety of texts spread throughout. At Lingoda, we view reading as an essential part of language learning, and so each lesson begins with a short text to warm you up, introduce you to new words and put the lesson’s focus into context.
Studies have suggested that reading skills transfer from one language to another. In other words, being able to read in your native language while learning a foreign one will help you increase your vocabulary and get you to a higher level.
There are a few common practices you might find during our courses. You will be reading aloud so you can practice your speaking and listening skills, as well as your pronunciation. You will be doing a focused reading in order to understand texts and details more in depth. Lastly, you might also find some context reading where you will challenge yourself to understand more complicated words before finding their meaning in the dictionary.
It depends on your level. Beginner students will focus on easy German reading, such as dialogues and letters. Whereas intermediate students will read more advanced texts such as articles. We also encourage students to read additional texts outside of the class, based on their level.
Prior to starting any language course, we advise taking a quick language test. At Lingoda we follow the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). When you have completed the test, you will understand what level of German you have.
With different levels, you will encounter different topics. As a beginner, you will start reading more casual and simple texts to understand how sentence structure works in German, learn how to introduce yourself, and talk about hobbies.
Make sure to take your time to write down any vocabulary you might now know yet or that may be useful in your day-to-day life. Another great tip is to purchase a German-language book of any genre you enjoy and read it outside of class.
Reading German can be daunting for a beginner, but there are ways to overcome this. Start with easy texts like children’s books and advance to German copies of books you have previously read. Taking classes with Lingoda will also familiarise you with reading as we integrate it into all our lessons.
Many people seem to learn faster and better when they use their acquired knowledge in their everyday life. Make an effort to use German outside of class by reading books, magazines, or newspapers. If you work in a certain sector or are passionate about a specific topic, look for something that focuses on that. By mixing your courses with your passions, you will see that learning German can be very enjoyable.