When you first arrive in Munich you may ask yourself how important it really is to be able to speak German around here, especially if you do not plan a longterm stay. There is no doubt German is not an easy language to learn. It is not a task you will be able to cope with in a couple of weeks. Even though it will not do any harm to pick up some basic skills before arriving in Germany. You can take some German lessons or buy yourself a language guide.
Of course, it won’t be necessary to speak the language fluently as most of the Germans are able to communicate in English, but for integration reasons and especially if you have kids it would be useful. As a parent you will have to get in contact with a lot of people out of work so please remember you will always meet people who do not speak English as well as you do. You should be able to express your view in German to prevent misunderstandings.
If you first want to learn some basic skills a smartphone app can be pretty useful, a small selection you can find below:
- Deutsch Vokabeltrainer (Goethe Institute)
- Pons Vokabeltrainer
- Learn&Play (Spielend Deutsch lernen)
- Deutsch lernen mit Babbel
A translation programme or a digital dictionary can be useful,too, if you are just looking for some important words:
- Google Übersetzer
- PONS Online Wörterbuch
- dict.cc Wörterbuch
- Multi – Sprachen – Übersetzer