German. Deutsche. Allemand. A language that I don’t speak, but in reality, I really gotta work on it. Ich spreche kein deutsch. I think that’s the only sentence I can say with confidence. In reality, I had to Google Translate that in order to ensure that it was right. Sorry, not sorry. That’s not why we’re here though, we’re here to talk about a journey that I’m on! I’m learning German for 4 main reasons and I want to share those with you today.
The first reason, and probably the most obvious, love. My boyfriend is German. The more I learn German, the easier it might be if I want to move here one day. Or if I want to just stop being absolutely confused in all conversations during my visits. It’s hard being the only one who doesn’t speak the language and I want to alleviate some of that pressure off of myself and also make it easier for the people around me. Love makes you do crazy things, but this one isn’t crazy. It’s actually pretty logical. It’s about working to fit in with people I care about.
Learning German is also about pushing myself. I speak French pretty fluently, but these days since I’m not living in France and we’re all on lockdown, I barely use it. While I want and will also be working on my French, I want to push myself in order to do something out of my comfort zone. German isn’t an easy language and it’s going to take a lot of work to even get to a passable level, but I want to take it on and do my best.
With everything that’s happened over the last year, I’ve lost my routines. I’ve not been good at making routines let alone maintaining them. I want to give myself something to do daily, or at least a few times a week for 10-15 minutes a day. While this will definitely prolong the learning process, it’s a start. The more I use it, the more I learn, the better I become.
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In middle school, I was really dedicated to learning French. I wanted to prove to my parents that French was a language that I could learn, but that could also be useful! This meant actually watching TV shows, listening to podcasts, and doing everything in my power to learn this language. I was a bad language learning baddie and I knew I can do it. Part of this is that I need a confidence boost. I need to remind myself that I’m still that person and that I can do this. So here I go. I’m going to figure it out and I’m gonna do it. Because I am that b****.
I’m going to take you on this journey with me! I hope that’s exciting and don’t worry, there won’t be entire blog posts in German. I’m surely not good enough to do that. I will update on my progress as I move through the lessons on Babbel and take a course sponsored by my grad school. This is a part of my life that I do need to work on and I’m so excited to do so and share that journey with you all!