How to read German fast

You need only a pen or text editor. Write short words many times. You will read and write without subvocalization.

German is similar to English. But it has Grammatical case and flexible word order. Learn grammar and guess the meaning from the context.

Writing training will improve your reading skills. Write many sentences. Write in various genres.

  • Typing and Speed Reading
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Listening
  • Keyboard
  • Writing Training
  • Pronunciation
  • Etymology
  • Grammar
  • Compound Words
  • News
  • Other Languages
  • Typing and Speed Reading

    You can learn speed reading with only a text editor. Maximum the window size and the font size.

    Or you can use a pen and paper.

    Write short words repeatedly

    german 2 letter
    german 3 letter
    german 4 letter

    Type short words like these images. Type 2-4 letter words many times. You don't have to type long words.

    This is a training about subvocalization. You will get tired of typing. And you will type without internal speech.

    Write sentences with line breaks

    reading multiple lines

    Next, type a short sentence like this. This is a training for reading multiple lines. You will be able to read lines at once. Type more sentences with line breaks.

    You should learn words with pronunciation. Practice writing and speaking alternately.

    Reading Comprehension

    You have to improve your reading comprehension. Read many books and websites. Write many sentences.

    German is similar to English. They have many similar words and different word order. Guess the meaning from the context. And learn the case system.

    Read German Wikipedia. It has many pages. Increase your vocabulary. Learn German in German.

    Liste der Staaten der Erde – Wikipedia

    Read and watch news.

    Yahoo Nachrichten Deutschland

    Read pages about languages. Compare German with other languages.

    Liste der meistgesprochenen Sprachen – Wikipedia

    Writing training improves your reading comprehension. Write many sentences. Write in various genres.


    You can learn listening with speed reading.

    Read news with text-to-speech tools.

    Watch YouTube with automatic captions.

    WELT - YouTube


    German has letters of ä,ö,ü,ß. Add a language or a keyboard layout for diacritical marks.

    If you want QWERTY layout, use the US International layout or the Canadian multilingual keyboard layout. You need to use the Alt Gt key.

    Writing Training

    Writing training improves your reading comprehension. Write many sentences.


    Learn the structure of sentence clause, and phrase. The simplest form is similar to English SVO sentence.

    Finite verb is in the second position and infinite verb the end. Adjectives are placed before the noun.


    Imagine some situations and relationships.

    Think about their relationships, positions, purposes, motives, etc.

    Learn personal pronouns and tense. Verbs are conjugated to person.


    Use various images. Write various sentences.


    Learn how to pronounce vowels, consonants, syllables, words, and sentences. They have their own rules. The rules are more simple than in English.

    Learn the relationship between the spelling and the pronunciation. It will help you learn words, inflections, and compound words.

    German pronunciation.

    German has many vowels. Learn vowels and consonants with IPA symbols.


    Imagine the structure of syllable.

    Some online dictionaries show phonetic symbols and sounds.

    Google Translate shows the sound of words and sentences.


    Learn German words with etymology. Use Wiktionary. Learn origin words, stem words, and affixes.

    It is similar to learning compound words. Learn the structure of words.

    English has words of Germanic origin. Learn cognate words and loanwords.


    German has the V2, SOV and VF word order. Learn them with simple sentences. Write and speak simple sentences.

    German has grammatical case system. You have to think about the case, gender, number of a noun. They influence articles and adjectives.


    Learn verbs conjugation with the image of relationship. You have to think about grammatical tense, person, number, mood. And learn modal verbs, reflexive verbs, separable verbs.

    Compound Words

    You have to read very long words in Germanic languages. Learn the structure of compound words.

    Compound words are similar to phrases and clauses. Find components. And learn their meanings, classes, and pronunciations.


    Yahoo Nachrichten is similar to Yahoo News sites.

    You can read and Watch news on DW and Euronews.

    Other Languages

    German is very similar to Dutch and English. German is also similar to Swedish, Danish, Norwegian.

    They have many words from Proto-Germanic. Learn origin words, cognate words, and loanwords. And learn the relationship between languages. Etymology is useful for learning multiple languages.

    Many languages have grammatical case system. Learn Russian, Latin, Greek.

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