Originally Posted by ccffm1
During the last few weeks I recognized there is quite a fair number of forum members out there whose command of German is pretty amazing. I had always thought that German was kind of difficult to learn and therefore not a very popular subject in school, so I started to wonder who of you has given it a shot nonetheless. How did you like it? Have you ever been to Germany? Anybody who would like to share his or her experiences?
Liebe GrÃ¼ÃŸe aus Deutschland
you will find a number of extremly intellegent people on this board, who seem to have great skills in a lot of things. I can think of a half dozen who are not German born but have good comand of German.
I am not one of them - I lived in Germany for a while (during the year when the wall went down), and have traveled there extensivly. my german vocabulary is pretty good, but I make it a point not to use verbs, so, if what I need to say is possible by stringing together enough nouns, then I can say it, otherwise I can't.
german has two difficulties, from the perspective of a student - first the verbs are more complex than in many langueges, with more "houses" (I am not sure if this is the correct term in english). secondly, german structure puts words together into very long compound words - which is a very effitient system, but for novices it can make it hard to understand.
I like germany a lot - a great country, with a lot of great culture, a lot of great nature, and I have a fondness for a lot of things german. not to mention the beer and sausages.