Learning the lingo

7 Nov

One of the reasons I decided to emigrate was to learn another language. It might sound strange to hear a native English speakers making this admission but I can wholeheartedly say that it is true. Native English speakers are not widely known for their linguistic flair and it is hard for English speaker to pick up another language for several reasons.

Here are just a few of the reasons: everyone (or almost everyone) can speak English well so it is very easy to be lazy and just resort to using English when on holiday, for example, even if you have been practicing for weeks and weeks at home, foreign languages are not, in my opinion, available enough in schools and because English is so widely spoken around the globe, it somehow seems logical for an English speaker to invest time and energy in another area.

But still learning a new language was in the “Pro” column of my list when I was deciding whether to make the leap to another country. Of course, I could have decided not to learn the language at all, which is what a number of English native speakers do when they move to another country where the first language is not English. At times I really think that it would have saved me a lot of time and money (and I mean save lots and lots and lots of money), if I just hadn’t bothered. And there have been times when I just feel like giving up completely, when I feel totally and utterly out of my comfort zone with it all but I persevere nonetheless.

I am now at an intermediate level but I am working so hard to try to perfect not only my pronunciation but also my grammar. It’s no mean feat. It is a constant working and reworking. Going over things that I promise myself I would learn and memorize months and months ago but I just never got round to doing it.

The perseverence will pay off one day I am sure and I hope sooner rather than later. I hope that this determination will somehow help my character to improve but also help my social life, for example, improve as well. In the meantime, I do have some funny experiences to share and I intend to share them on this blog soon, so check back for some updates soon.

Now I need to go back to my German verbs so that I can carry on improving….

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