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What if I want to learn German for academic purpose, but it is totally a new thing for me? Is that possible? Is there any similarities between German and English?

For learning: German
Base language: English
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    There's a lot of similarities between German and English, especially with respect to words. There's also a lot of differences, in word order, grammar, endings, expressions etc.

    It's certainly possible for you to learn it, even if it's totally new, as long as you put enough effort into it. Knowing English will make it easier to recognize words, but you'll still have a lot to learn.



    I agree that it is possible for you to learn German. If you want to use it for academic purposes, you should try "Goethe-Institut", because they offer special courses.

    Actually, I can tell you my experience briefly. You know, I'm also from China. And I have been in Germany for many years.

    At the first stage, English and German could always mix together in your head.

    Then, second stage, English could help you to learn German.

    Third stage, it is very hard to change from German speaking to English speaking, for example, if you have spoken German all the day, and an American talk with you in English, then your brain always give you German words rather than English words.

    And, the fourth one, no idea. I'm not so far yet.

    All here I mean is the spoken languages. As for reading and writing, English is always easier than German, at least to me.

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