Is German hard to learn? That’s certainly its reputation.
Does it deserve its reputation, though?
We don’t want to sugarcoat things here. German does offer unique challenges to foreign language learners.
But so does every new language! Is there …
You can’t learn a German accent in a book.
It’s sort of like learning to play the piano or to pole vault.
You’ve just got to get out there and start practicing.
You’ve got to learn by example, try it …
Runners don’t start jogging on the last lap.
Opera singers don’t hum the show’s finale.
There’s no reason to check out just because you’re getting to the end!
In fact, it’s all the more reason to give your best effort.…
Ever had to drive a car on the “wrong” side of the road?
If you’re from the U.S. and have driven in the U.K. or vice versa, you know how disorienting it can be.
Typing in another language feels the …
You can’t just read anything and expect your German to improve.
The nutrition facts on your cereal boxes? Too boring.
Goethe’s complete scientific treatises? Probably too hard, for now.
You’ve got to find that perfect blend of German vocabulary, …
Have you ever seen a marathon with no finish line?
You might cross one without knowing it if you’re learning German without tracking your level.
Slow and steady certainly wins the race, but if you’re not aware of your goals …
You respond: “Excuse me?”
Your Berliner friend was apparently greeting you, but you remember that your textbook said that to say “Good Day,” you should say “Guten Tag,” not “Juten Tach.”
This is the day-to-day language in Berlin, …