Learning a new language can be challenging, but also rewarding and fun. One of the most effective and enjoyable ways to improve your German skills is to read stories in your target language.

Stories can help you expand your vocabulary by learning words in context (instead of isolation), improve your grammar awareness, boost your immersion (a bit like virtual reality, but without batteries), and widen your cultural horizons (whether it’s becoming an adept in the arcane arts of Laugengebäck or offhandedly quoting Goethe).

Plus, our brains just seem hardwired to enjoy good storytelling!

“Good stories surprise us. They make us think and feel. They stick in our minds and help us remember ideas and concepts in a way that a PowerPoint crammed with bar graphs never can.” – Joe Lazauskas and Shane Snow, The Storytelling Edge

In this infographic, we will show you four benefits of learning German with stories and why you should start reading today.