Many language learners mistake being fluent with being conversational. While there is nothing wrong with striving to becoming fluent in German, most people looking to learn German actually want to be conversational.
The difference between conversational and fluent is really the number of words you understand. The more German vocabulary you know, the more complex ideas you can express. In order to feel comfortable speaking German, you really only need to learn about 3,000 words. In contrast, being fluent in German is defined as understanding 10,000+ words.
While 3,000 words is obviously much less than 10,000, it is still a big task. So, how do you become conversational in German? These tips will help get you started.