It’s that time again! So you want to learn German…
It’s been awhile since I’ve written about my travels in German studies. If you’re new to the series, then you should know that I am teaching myself the German language and learning about the culture. The end goal right now: to teach English to German natives in retirement. Have I looked into relocating? Nope. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The German language can be tough! The grammar gives native speakers trouble, so I am not even going there yet. I have at least 15 years between now and then to prepare, and this series, will hopefully continue through the entire process.
I’m still using the Duolingo app and I’m happy to say that a German friend of mine told me that her American husband is using it to also self-teach. I feel like that is ‘golden’ vetting.
I have two books that I am waiting for my budget to allow me to order:
English Grammar for Students of German: The Study Guide for Those Learning German (English Grammar Series) and Deutsche Wiederholungsgrammatik: A Morpho-Syntactic Review of German
These texts have been recommend through a couple friends, both fluent in the language. The latter is a text was used in college courses, so they’re vetted. Making sure that the books and tools you use are vetted is actually important. You don’t want to teach yourself an entire language and find out you’ve had it wrong this whole time. The Hungarian Phrasebook sketch comes to mind.
So this is where I am at: improved vocabulary, growing practical understanding of grammar. Somewhat of an elementary level.