Two months in! Actually, I’m on my second month of learning German/Deustche. So you want to learn German?
I love this language. The way that it sounds, the uniqueness from and similarities to English. I’ve wanted to learn forever, as my last installment said. Naturally, writing a World War II epic, and continuing with the sequel (damn you Carsten Reiniger!) has really put the fire under me again.
How bad is it, you’re probably wondering – thinking back to grammar or secondary school where you struggled with ‘fluent’ Spanish or French teacher that you suspected had no idea what they were doing (you were probably right)? It’s not bad at all. In fact, there are so many resources available out there to help a language learner that it’s absolutely ridiculous that you don’t go for it. Is it easy? Of course not! Did you learn to speak in a couple days? No, it took months, maybe years, of listening and reasoning and struggling before you even gurgled out Mamma. So, the task is going to be a long one, but it IS rewarding!
Lately, I’ve been dreaming in German. Coolest thing ever. The other morning, I woke up and realized, ein-eine-einen (a, an) – kein, keine, keinen (no, none).
I have no apples. – Ich habe keine Äpfel.
And, just like that a light was clicking on. My brain made the connection on it’s own, I’m not even up to ‘kein’ yet in my lessons – but I have seen it before in my wanderings through the odd phrase or two. That’s when you realize, you’ve got this — even if you’re at an elementary level.