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My struggles with German and how I'm dealing with it.

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:19 pm
by memoid
When it comes to German, I just can't. I can't even. I must have learned enough Spanish and French early enough to not care about how I sound so that I feel comfortable enough trying to speak out loud to Spanish and French speakers (I love to stumble along); however, I have spent years in German classes at [urlhttps://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/sta/wsh.html]Goethe-Washington[/url], Goethe-Berlin, at Hartnackschule Berlin, and even on Rosetta Stone, Duolingo⁠—and I even have spent a combined two or more years living in Berlin! All to no avail, though I can track along a conversation and read along in a paper. But I can't speak it. And I think that has to do with German being hard, my being older, and also the fact that, for whatever reason, I always felt so self-conscious about sounding like a 3-year-old child every time I would navigate around Berlin. It could be because everyone speaks brilliant English in German, but it's not always the case. My being at dinner parties, under bottles of wine, was an imposition because my being there was reason enough to convert the entire gathering into English. I am back at the German-learning, via duolingo this time, and plan to maybe move back to Berlin within the next couple years. And I really want to make it happen. And I plan to put the time in. How have you dealt with this situation. If this is too specific, please feel free to start your own topic.