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15 Für 15: Sprachen Sprechen Fremdsprachen

Welche sprachen sprichst du? Was the first tongue twister questions I learned when I began my German language studies. And I remember how fretful I was about studying this tough sounding language with its declensions, chs, schs and long compound words that basically mean simple things in English. I used to go on about how I would never learn German so many times and yet here I am, learning and even getting upset when people use wrong phrases, confusing my limited knowledge!

I first needed a good knowledge in A1 to be given a residence permit so I could legally reside in Deutschland with the Mr. So with a bit of help from Babbel and Duolingo, and the most gawd awful nerves, I went in for a placement test and was put in module 2 or 3, I can’t remember. I have to say tho that my Lehrerin is the most amazing and patient woman I have ever met. She makes learning German so easy and yes sometimes she can go so fast with her speeches but after a while you just pick up! Sure we have some really slow learners and hey I have to say I’m impressed with myself. I am not good at all with learning new languages( hell, my father gave up trying to teach me Ibibio) so I guess I need to ease up on the slow learners. It just bothers me that they have lived in Germany 5-12 years and still can’t make a complete sentence or read with commas and periods.

Anyways, the German language is basically quite easy I have to say….I find it more confusing than difficult especially with neutrals, feminine and masculine cases and articles which totally makes up the whole grammar. I mean your sentence depends on these babies before you even consider dative, or accusative forms! See? Confusing! Then you have to consider that plural words also have their own form. The use of adjectives gives me 100% trips. A little lesson: when saying “an interesting book” auf Deutsch, you say “ein interessantes Buch” “a tall man”=” ein großer Mann ” “a pretty woman”= ” eine schöne Frau“. Neutral, masculine and feminine respectively. So you basically use your adjectives with these forms and the trick is to figure out if a word is neutral or feminine. A tip the Lehrerin gave is that most times, the ending of a word determines the cases. Words ending with –ung mostly have the feminine article “die”.

 

German is really a very distinctive language and when you think that it is also basically renowned in the fact that a lot of the things we do was formulated from the language, you realize its greatness. Remember Mr Einstein? The great Mozart? Oder Beethoven? Yes, those old timers were German men! So it’s some what appropriate to say music grew out from the schs and the chs of the world’s living language! Last week in class we talked a bit about a story written by the brothers Grimm…. Yup, Germans and this I knew way back when so wasn’t a shocker to know most of my favorite fairy tales are originally German! Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel…. The list is endless.

Like I earlier said, I find it easy but confusing. Probably because English is my language and I notice a lot of similarities. Some words sound so alike it’s uncanny. A few examples would be : schwester(sister) Onkel (duh), mein(my (masculine and neutral) ) man(which means one eg, one must be careful), radio(again, duh!), komme(come), bett (bed)…..

The articles ein, eine, ein can switch up to einem, einen, eines, einer with dative cases. Feminine articles become einer in dative sentences while the other two articles become einem. In accusative only masculine changes to einen.

Last week, I began tutoring a 13 year old English and I find myself constantly checking up grammar online and comparing with my German lessons. Adjectives, if-clause types, conjunctions, verb forms….it’s incredible. I feel like I’m learning English all over again.

I just found a young woman who is interested in language exchange classes and I’m super excited because Clara always talked endlessly about how good it was to do this and I think my German will improve(yeah, I’m very stubborn and speak only English with Gorgeousness).

So learning a new language can be fun. I admit that. I am on the B1 level right now and it’s going truly great. Sure I get confused with plusquamperfekt and all the three verb forms and the time to use them, but hey, that’s the thing about Deutsch: it puts me in a constant state of confusion and that’s very OK!

Want to learn a language just for fun and free? Download the Duolingo app. It’s a super fun way to learn and would help you if you do decide to enroll in an actual school.

Enjoy the weekend!

 

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  • anonymous

    I think its cool to learn another language other than your mother tongue! Good job!

    • Oh I agree! Its sehr cool. Thank you! I surprise myself indeed!

  • jaywalker

    Not difficult? I think it is….but then again, i guess you have to see it to understand! Language exchange is pretty cool too. Would be nice if something like that is done in Nigeria. Igbo for Erik or Yoruba etc.

    • Oh I agree! Its sehr cool. Thank you! I surprise myself indeed!I used to think it was difficult, watching G speak with his mum and never understanding anything. But since I started my classes, its a piece of cake! And yes, Nigerian language exchange would be cool too!
      I’m guessing you meant efik… Typo oder?! Lol

  • Lohla Windfall

    Easy you say? Hmmm my eyes glazed over when I got to the words you wrote in Dutch abi iz German they call it? Oh well tres interesting.

  • Hahahah yeah, you get used to it after a while! Deutsch is the language!

  • Duru John de Beloved

    awwwghhh.. **In Ribena’s voice.. This was cute.. You know ehn, its amazing how its so easy to read you.. I mean German scares the hell outta me.. My cousin with whom i9 stayed in Uni new German and French, and he said German was from hades cause it was too hard hehehehe.. Crazy guy.. But reading you just made me smile and as i read this yeah, I kinda anticipated every paragraph.. I likey… In other news these two had me smile like a fish: Onkel (duh), …, radio (again, duh!).. 🙂 Issorait.. Be Duhing there like we were in class with you heheheh.. **Winks.. I must say that this was an enlightening read… You had me smiling and anticipating every paragraph.. and the crowd goes.. Oooossssshhheeeey. **Wears Mr Nigeria smile.

    • My friendly neighborhood psyched! Duru, your friend try no be small. I’m in awe of ppl who speak several languages and can switch when the need arises!
      But duh is right na? A lot of words are so similar I swear! Ask your friend! Aber Hades? Lol das passt nicht !!

  • Clara

    Is not hard ke? I thought that too, but I’m really struggling at the moment. I got to the plateau and I seem to be stuck there with kein Lust. I am off to see the MIL in about about 9weeks, and I really want to impress her with my Deutsch so I’ve been back on the grind since last week. Wish me luck!

    In other news, you know the more languages you know, the easier it is to learn another one. I was shocked to see my French (masc, feminine thing) helping with my German. I honestly thought they were 2 completely different and unrelated languages! Even my yoruba gan is helping somehow lol.

    Hope your language exchange is going well.

    Gros bises!

  • La Deutsche Diva

    Let me stop you right there. German is so freaking complicated…I just got a headache reading this. I still have my fits of rage when I can’t get a concept. And anytime I’m talking to someone in German and they say OMG you speak German perfectly or you speak German so well it’s like the kiss of death because in THAT moment I start making mistakes and fumbling.

    I think it’s cool you have a laid back view on it. French was the first “official” foreign language I learned and found it to be really easy. After learning German I still think French is easier. But I’m better at German. Spanish is a lot like French and am about to start this class on Coursera in Spanish. No it’s not a class about Spanish, the class is held IN Spanish. I figure if I fail the class I still come out ahead because 1. it’s free and 2. I’ll come out knowing more Spanish than I did about the subject of the class. Wish me luck?

    I’m glad you’re back to feeling like yourself. Hope to see you soon!

    xoxo,

    La Deutsche Diva
    http://ladeutschediva.blogspot.de

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