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I'm learning German in school but I would like to become better at the language since I really want to be bilingual.

People said I should watch German films etc

What is the most efficient thing I can do to improve in my German skills or any language please?
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Live there... no honestly, you asked for the most effective thing.

Yes, films and books. Do it all. If you can't live there, immerse yourself in their culture like a fellow german living abroad. Read news articles and watch them online, once you feel confident try speaking to german people online in german only.
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I’ve always found it easy when going abroad. You only need to learn three sentences
1. “A pint please”
2. “A 10 bag bro”
3. “Hey girl you hot as shite”
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As has been said, in all honesty, living there and being surrounded by it is the very best way. I learnt an African dialect from absolute beginner to reasonable fluency (can understand and contribute to conversation between fast native speakers), in 6 months, by being surrounded in it and using it every day, along with one formal lesson per day.

Appreciate that's probably not a realistic option for you - but any chance of spending a few weeks there? You'd need to be surrounded by people who wouldn't speak English to you. I found working with children a great start - children will just crack on and talk to you and not be worried if what you're saying back isn't grammatically correct, so makes you less nervous. I spent several weeks working in a summer holiday kids club. Kids couldn't speak any English, so no temptation on my part to speak English, and they were all happy to chat to me.

Books, films, radio. Watch the news. I read all of Harry Potter in French. Plenty of stuff on YouTube / the internet. Depending on your level, start with some stuff you're more familiar with (a lot of children's books like Roald Dahl have been translated, and reading something where you know the basic plot line already is an encouraging start).
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Live there... no honestly, you asked for the most effective thing.

Yes, films and books. Do it all. If you can't live there, immerse yourself in their culture like a fellow german living abroad. Read news articles and watch them online, once you feel confident try speaking to german people online in german only.
Thank you! Is it possible to improve in 4 months time?
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I’ve always found it easy when going abroad. You only need to learn three sentences
1. “A pint please”
2. “A 10 bag bro”
3. “Hey girl you hot as shite”
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As has been said, in all honesty, living there and being surrounded by it is the very best way. I learnt an African dialect from absolute beginner to reasonable fluency (can understand and contribute to conversation between fast native speakers), in 6 months, by being surrounded in it and using it every day, along with one formal lesson per day.

Appreciate that's probably not a realistic option for you - but any chance of spending a few weeks there? You'd need to be surrounded by people who wouldn't speak English to you. I found working with children a great start - children will just crack on and talk to you and not be worried if what you're saying back isn't grammatically correct, so makes you less nervous. I spent several weeks working in a summer holiday kids club. Kids couldn't speak any English, so no temptation on my part to speak English, and they were all happy to chat to me.

Books, films, radio. Watch the news. I read all of Harry Potter in French. Plenty of stuff on YouTube / the internet. Depending on your level, start with some stuff you're more familiar with (a lot of children's books like Roald Dahl have been translated, and reading something where you know the basic plot line already is an encouraging start).
Thank you for your advice! I can't go to the country but I will try the other things (^_^ ) Do you think that if I did this for 4 months I can improve a lot?

Also silly question but how would I apply to do a summer holidays kids club in Germany?
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I'm learning German in school but I would like to become better at the language since I really want to be bilingual.

People said I should watch German films etc

What is the most efficient thing I can do to improve in my German skills or any language please?
you practice
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you practice
Practice what? Can you be more specific please?
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by the use of a teacher or the expert
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How about becoming an au pair.
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Thank you! Is it possible to improve in 4 months time?
Definitely, you just really need to immerse and push yourself. Don't just go over past papers, you will struggle, as someone suggests reading something you already kinda now is good to warm up. You can also watch a movie you have already seen in german, and maybe get english subtitles I think you can do this on netflix.
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How about becoming an au pair.
can clarify you question please am not understanding
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clarify it please what do you mean
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can clarify you question please am not understanding
It wasn't a question, it was just a suggestion
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It can be okay and possible my dear
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Thank you for your advice! I can't go to the country but I will try the other things (^_^ ) Do you think that if I did this for 4 months I can improve a lot?

Also silly question but how would I apply to do a summer holidays kids club in Germany?
Any time you dedicate to it will result in an improvement, if you’re committed and you want to learn the language. Every person is different, so every person will be able to dedicate a different amount of time and do different things in the space of 4 months and therefore make variable progress. It depends what resources / help you have around you.

This is years and years ago, but when I was doing French A-level my sixth form had a contact for a language scheme in Belgium where I was able to go to help at a holiday club in Brussels for a few weeks, and stay with a Belgian family (I went with someone else from school).

Do what you reasonably can, enjoy yourself, and you’ll see your language improve. You’re not going to become fluent overnight, but you’ll increase your skill. What study level are you now? Out of interest, why do you want to become bilingual? There is a difference between having day to day proficiency in a language, and genuinely being fluent / bilingual and understanding subtle nuances / slang with ease. Do you have a plan for using your German / moving to Germany in the future? I am fluent in French, having learnt it st school then done a year of undergraduate-level evening classes, and then used it / lived in it day to day for three years overseas in french speaking Africa, which was always my hope.
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It wasn't a question, it was just a suggestion
but why are you laughing at me please?????
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but why are you laughing at me please?????
:confused: I'm not laughing at you, it was just a friendly smile.
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