Good pronunciation should be one of the first things that you learn. You can live without advanced vocabulary, because you can use simple words to say what you want to say. You can live without advanced grammar, because you can use simple grammar structures instead. But there is no such thing as “simple pronunciation”. If you don’t have good pronunciation, you have bad pronunciation.
And the consequences of bad pronunciation are tragic. Even if you use correct grammar, people may simply not understand what you want to say- even if your choice of words and grammar are perfect.
If you speak German with a strong foreign accent, you are making it difficult for people to listen to you. If native speakers struggle to understand your German, they will want to avoid talking to you, if they have the choice. On the other hand, if you have a clear, pleasant accent, people will simply enjoy talking to you. They will want to spend time with you- and that’s a fabulous feeling!
Founder and Director of the Time To Learn German Academy
Eva Bogard, Ph.D. was born in Manhattan, New York to a German mother and a German-American father. She earned her bachelor's degree in foreign languages at snowy SUNY-Oswego and completed her graduate studies in Second Language Education and Instructional Technology at sunny USF-Tampa, where she earned her Master's and Doctorate degrees. She has spent several colorful summers in France enjoying the language and culture in Paris, St. Malo and Tours, but is usually found during her long summer breaks on the beach in Florida, or in the mountains of southwest Germany.
Professionally, she is very interested in online hybrid education, especially using instructional technology in both her classroom and her online courses to teach foreign languages. Eva is an International Baccalaureate teacher, and a Montessori education enthusiast. She has taught German, French and Spanish, as well as, Information Technology and Business Management over the last 25 years.