Living in Germany would make learning German seem much easier, but the major struggle is constantly feeling judged by people here when I do use German.
I don’t mind being corrected, but please don’t tell me that you’re surprised I don’t speak better German than I do. Your off putting remarks have a lasting impact and make me resentful. After all, you should be happy that I am trying to communicate with you in your language!
I’m able to communicate and get what I need, however I know I’m not always grammatically correct, which is the struggle in German. It is frustrating since I live here, and I have to remind myself that it takes time.
After taking some time off I will return to my classes on Monday. I hope I haven’t forgotten too much.
I honestly am getting to the point that I think the more German I learn the less I know. While it is frustrating, my husband and I are having more conversations in German and I am able to converse with others, so that is good.
For some reason I constantly get stopped by Germans asking for directions. Fortunately I know my ways around Munich and can tell them or take them to their destination.
1/3 of the way in my mandatory 600 hours. I have met some characters along the way.
I go back to the states tomorrow for a short trip (I haven’t been home in 6 months) and one of my German teachers asked me to bring him a cowboy hat (he was serious). Germans love their cowboys. I cannot even fathom hearing all English and knowing everything again. It is definitely something you take for granted until you live in a foreign country with another language!
I will have finished my first 100 hours of German classes and if I may say so I have improved a lot. I visited my inlaws this weekend and they were impressed with how much more I could speak to them in German.
I’m excited to start the next 100… I am 1/6 of the way there with my ‘mandatory hours’ – although I want to learn beyond this.
I am currently taking classes (and I live in Munich) so I am well on my way. I highly highly recommend taking classes in a German speaking country if possible, because not only is a great help, it is beyond fun.
The classmates make the class for me. They are from all around the world, here for different reasons and it is phenomenal. You will have a great time speaking with them and attempting to understand German with Greek, Bosnian, Filipino, etc. accents.
Best of luck and keep working at this!