Syllable technique - reading German texts more easily

What is special about the syllable technique?


German is a syllable language in writing and tone. Thanks to the coloured highlighting of individual syllables children can read German texts more easily. This happens by pointing to the structure characteristic of the German language. These are the advantages:


  1. The individual words are divided up into groups of letters. These are easier to digest than the whole word.
  2. The groups of letters are special units: They display the German phonetic syllables. The phonetic syllables are the key to reading and understanding a word correctly.


With English this can be demonstrated using the following example: The word “banana” could also be read as ban - ana. This could be understood to mean that Ana is to be forbidden from entering. However, the coloured marking banana makes it clear straight away that the yellow fruit is meant.


As soon as the child can read fluently, he can confidently tackle all texts even without coloured syllables - the child has been trained to recognise the phonetic syllables automatically.


The coloured syllables do not only help with reading but also with spelling. They make the structure of the German written word visible. The child is exposed to the syllabic arrangement of words from the very beginning - and can therefore derive their correct spelling.


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