I started teaching myself German halfway through 2013 (less
than two years ago) because it was school holidays and I had absolutely nothing
better to do. I didn’t get into linguistics until much later, so at the time I
still had absolutely no idea what cases were and I was reluctant to learn them,
not because I thought they were difficult, but because I was afraid of the
unknown. I put off learning them in the hope that if I ignored them, they would
just go away.
Unsurprisingly, 8 months later, they hadn’t.
I had nobody to blame for my own lack of progress but
myself, so I decided it was time to bite the bullet. I started copying tables
and colouring them in to overcome the boring content, and it actually turned
out that highlighting each declension in a different colour helped me to see
the patterns and relationships between the genders more clearly and remember
them more easily. Over time I began to find it more and more intuitive until eventually
I didn’t need to look at a table or even think about it anymore.
After having tackled my biggest grammatical fear, I’m now
really looking forward to learning other languages with more complicated case
systems like Icelandic and especially Finnish in the future, because I can appreciate cases and I know just how useful they are!
10/10 would learn again.
I’ve made a ready-to-print PDF with all the German declension
tables you could ever need plus footnotes, which you can download right here
right now for the extremely low price of absolutely nothing, because language
learning should be free for everyone :)
BLANK VERSION (for
those who want to use their own colours or don’t have access to a coloured
I hope you enjoyed this post and if you have found any of it useful or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, I’d love to hear from you! <3
Viel Spaß beim Deutsch lernen!