How do I say "The only way" in German?

Die einzige Art und Weise, Deutsch zu lernen, ist mit Deutschen zu reden.

Is there another alternative for this?

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    Es gibt nicht nur Deutsche die Deutsch als Muttersprache haben.
    – schlingel
    Dec 18, 2013 at 10:02

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You can also say:

Die einzige Art ...
Die einzige Möglichkeit ...

Or even

Der einzige Weg ...

The latter sounds strange in some contexts and is mostly used when you can replace Weg by Ausweg. You could, for example, say:

Ich muss xyz. Das ist der einzige [Aus-] Weg [aus dieser Situation].

  • I'd actually say that "Weg" is the best choice... "Weg" implies success here, while "Möglichkeit" doesn't. A course can be a Möglichkeit but not a Weg. Art is odd too since it is more about a manner of doing something, not about doing something to begin with. They work too but "Weg"'s the best.
    – Emanuel
    Dec 18, 2013 at 11:31
  • Is "die einzige Weise" possible too?
    – persson
    Dec 18, 2013 at 12:35
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    It is used rarely. I know it only in sentences like Ich habe das auf die einzige Weise gemacht, die mir eingefallen ist. Dec 19, 2013 at 7:26

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