Learning German online or offline: Who is the winner here?

Better way to Learn German

With the development of technology, Online classes are replacing the traditional In-person tuitions. No matter where you are and what your profession is, online learning allows you to go ahead with your studies at your own comfort and timings. Let us take the case of learning the German language online.

Learning the German language from an online tutor via tools like Skype, Yahoo messenger etc saves you a lot of money. But the next big question is, Is it really worth it? Is learning German online a better replacement for classroom learning?

Benefits of online German classes:

Cost-effective :

Let us assume that you stay in the U.S and joined an online German tutor based in Thailand. Since US currency is way bigger than Bhat, you can pay merely about $5/hr for your classes whereas if you would have hired a native German tutor, he may charge you $30/hr. Hence, online learning is very cost effective.

Flexible timings and Comfort-zone:

Let’s say a business owner who wants to penetrate into the European market by learning the German language. It is quite obvious that it would be very difficult for him to learn the language as well as manage his business during the daytime. Online learning here is a savior. He can easily hire a tutor who is willing to teach the business owner according to his given time slot.

Another advantage of learning online is that you do not need to waste money and time in traveling to the classes. All you need is a laptop and an internet connection and you are good to go.

Cons of online German classes:


Like they say, Every rose has its thorns. According to a survey, only 59% of the online classes yield good results. This is because online tutorials and classes come with a lot of drawbacks like chances of data loss, lag due to a poor internet connection, diversion of attention and much more.

Like Roy T. Bennett said,” You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.’ Well, it is true! If you are sitting on your comfortable sofa , sipping your coffee and started your online tutorial video, there are high chances that you will end up taking a power nap after few minutes.

Another most important thing while learning a language is the correct pronunciation of each and every word. You need to be well aware of how the words sound like in order to communicate in the correct accent.

Now imagine you are using a low-quality headphone and your online tutor is teaching you few German words. It might get difficult for you to catch the correct way of saying those words.

Benefits of learning German offline:

There is a totally different connection in being in presence of the teacher and learning the language in a classroom. There might be few drawbacks, but the surety of success is higher in learning anything offline. There are no chances of lag, interruptions, diversions and data loss. You will hear each word clearly with the correct pronunciation and hence your learning will be fluent.

You might also end up hanging out with your German teacher and his/her friends. This way your training still continues even after the classes as you can learn by observing how they interact with each other.


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