Learning German: A2 Difficulties and Helpful Tips

Sunday, June 03, 2018


Congrats on heading to the second level Deutsch. Headache starts now. Sie sprechen ein bisschen Deutsch, huh? Yeah, you already knew the basics: simple subject-verb agreement, greetings, introducing and telling a little bit about yourself, expressing simply how you feel, how to read alphabets and numbers, how to buy, telling about time and some verbs you use daily and a little bit confusing grammar. Feels overwhelming, right? It is only the basic, but you feel like already full. Same feeling here when I shifted from A1 to A2. My mind feels like I am not ready enough. Oh wait, did I just forget everything? What is it again? What I have really retained after A1 class? I haven't mastered yet the basics. The feeling is mutual. The fact is, no one mastered it in two months (except maybe you use it daily anywhere you go or you have advance experience/lessons). Calm down! What is nerve-wracking at this point is the turning point of the level of difficulty of the next lessons you will be facing. Yes, it is true. A2 was the most difficult in my A1-B1 journey (at least for me).

Good thing, the time when I was in A2 level, I have a lot of reason to be happy since it is the -ber months. Good timing, I guess! But, don't get me wrong, there were a lot of struggles along the way. It's just that, the jolly vibe and season gave me more reason to strive harder and I have more time to study.

What to expect in A2 class:

  •  Grammatik overload
  •  Vocabulary overload
  •  Examination vibe: They expect a little more from you, but you don't have to be perfect at it.
Meaning- using more advanced vocabulary and grammar with some consideration on the usage mistakes.
Meaning- Let's put it in a song: You're not a girl, but not yet a woman! You are in  between. Being in the middle is harder than those on the edge, really. Just like being a mediocre (playing it safe),  makes you the victim. Papalayo na yung meaning guys. Haha! Basta yun na yun!

As I told you in my A1 confessions, you don't have to force yourself in studying the more advance level during A1. This is to help you master first/build your good foundation of the language. But at this point in time (A2 level), you have to! It's like our old 6 years elementary days compressed into a couple of months. That's why it is difficult. Also, that's why others said that it is better to start as early as A1 (it is up to you and your level of learning). As for me, I took it slow at the first level and fire on the second. You seriously need to re-read and recheck every lessons if you understand it or not. Because when you pile up all the things you don't know and understand, it is a big burden to carry. Grammar and Vocabulary wise!

HELPFUL TIPS IN A2 LEVEL

1. Grow your vocabulary everyday. There are a lot of ways and techniques to do that. It is up to you what you do best or what you are comfortable doing. There are flashcards techniques, memorizing by category (that's what I did) or simply memorizing a specified number of words a day. You have to do it because if you don't know your words, you suck at every category. HARDWORK.

2. Summarize the grammar lessons. In most of our books, grammatik is inserted in every lessons one by one. You have to see a clear picture of it in a bigger view to be able to connect and better understand it fully. Review your grammar lessons every now and then. Build your own notes wherein you jot down every grammar lesson you learned. You can also read some books specifically for grammar so you can see their relations to one another. It is easier that way than dumping everything in your mind. You'll end up knowing it, but not really knowing it (if you know what I mean). Well yeah, truth be told, if you see it in a bigger picture (plain view), it is still difficult and takes a hardwork to study them all. But at least, you did it in an organized and effective way.

3. Writing templates is good but you have to inject your originality to it. Checking out sample writings is very helpful in expressing what you wanted to say in a right way. Don't stick to one sample writing. Check a lot. It is like building a puzzle finding the right sentences and words to use to make a complete good writing. The catch is, you have to build it yourself. Don't just copy.

4. Prepare for the unexpected. Sometimes you don't know what you hear and see, you are completely in a "Anu daw?! moment". Rethink and re-read again and you might find the answers in the known words that is just there. It is impossible that they will put an entire paragraph with complete new words that is not in A2 level. It is either you lack on your vocabs or you don't know. Simple as that. 

5. You can start as barok and end up strong. Practice is the key. Train yourself to speak in full sentences using the conjunctions, prepositions, etc (whatever you have learned). It is not a guarantee that you will be great at it, but at least you have the idea  of what is your capability or what to improve to gain confidence. There was a time that me and my classmates/friends wanted to speak auf Deutsch even after class. Try lang. We end up laughing to ourselves finding the right words to express our thoughts. #mema lang! Lol.

Indeed, it is not an easy road to take. That's why I admired those who are working and studying at the same time at this point. It is even harder. But as nurses, I knew there were more difficult roads we've already taken. So, fight lang. We can do this! It is achievable. Right mind-setting and focus. Don't take learning for granted because you will need it in your future life and work in Deutschland. As my Lehrer sagt, "auswendig lernen" (learn it by heart). Good luck! See you on your B1!


Let's talk again on my next blog.
Yes, YOU lovely gorgeous.

Love yourself because you are beautiful.

Hugs and Kisses,

Princess Mikee, RN

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