403 - Is this the smartest way to learn German? With Michael Schmitz


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In this episode, I speak with Michael Schmitz, the man behind the site Smarter German and the author of How to Learn German Faster. He holds a master's degree in German as a Foreign Language, and has been teaching the language all the way back to 1999. After teaching in traditional language schools for many years, Michael grew increasingly frustrated with the mainstream approach to teaching languages and decided to branch out on his own and begin teaching German in a more effective way.

In the conversation, we discuss:

  • The benefits of learning German through engaging stories (e.g. murder mysteries).
  • Why learning German in German is so inefficient (and the approach Michael recommends instead).
  • The most common struggles English-speakers have when learning German (and how to overcome them).

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