A recent study of languages used on the internet* shows that German is one of the most widely-used languages in the online world. It’s hardly surprising that English is the most-used language, being the main content language for a massive 55% of all websites. Just under 6% of websites use German as a content language. While this may not sound a lot, it does represent a very significant proportion and only Russian, which is huge both in area and number of speakers, has a comparable share.
This means that there’s no shortage of German language content available online for the keen learner to explore. With such a wealth of content it means that you are certain to find material on a subject which is of interest to you in German. This is a great way to challenge yourself and learn new vocabulary which is highly relevant to your own interests. When we explore subject matter which resonates with us on a personal level, we are much more likely to retain what we learn.
Once you reach an intermediate level, you could also try switching to the German version of your search engine; it’s the perfect opportunity to practise your German and is a very useful accompaniment to the German language course of your choosing. Though you may not understand everything you read at first, don’t be disheartened – practice makes perfect. If you’re unsure of anything you can make a note of it and discuss with your German tutor in order to improve your understanding.
* Source: W3Techs