Some of you may recall back in August 2016 I embarked on an intensive German language learning home tuition experience with Sprachinstitut Treffpunkt-Online in the beautiful Bavarian city of Bamberg. There I spent two weeks living in the beautiful home of my native host teacher doing one-on-one lessons all day, Monday to Friday as well as going on leisure activities with my hosts at weekends.
Do Germans have a sense of humour? This can be the subject of a very long debate, but the BBC Travel website has gone to some lengths in explaining things in a very interesting article titled “Why people think Germans aren’t funny”.
The article gives some very plausible explanations as to why German humour isn’t funny to English speakers and vice versa. Click here to go to the article.
The Germans like to stick words together to make even longer words. Here is a German video which actually picks fun at that. It’s hilarious even if you don’t understand it!
Moving to a new country presents many challenges, not least of all is having to learn a foreign language. Even in countries where English is widely spoken, as a matter of courtesy you should at least make the effort to communicate with the locals in their native tongue.
I am English but for over twenty years have lived between the Middle East and Germany. Whilst I am by no means fluent, I get by at a basic level in Arabic and reasonably well in German. I want to share here my tips for language learning novices. Continue reading “Tips for Learning a Foreign Language”
Well, that is week one of my two-week intensive German studies over, and it has been one of the busiest weeks of my life.
I am staying in the beautiful home of the teacher (actually, she is the school owner) and her husband, and each day comprises one-on-one lessons from 9am to around 4pm. Meals are taken with the family, and free time is also spent predominantly with them.
Being private tuition as opposed to class based lessons, the programme is tailored to my particular needs, and in my case it is a combination of grammar, phonetics and comprehension. Of course, I am finding the German grammar the hardest element to get to grips with, but also the fact that the entire day is pretty much solid German means I am feeling mentally exhausted quite often and on occasions emotionally drained too. The latter was a surprise to me – on Wednesday evening I just felt like jelly and incredibly homesick to the point where I thought to myself “why the hell am I doing this?”. I think this was the result of exhaustion from the intensive studies and the fact that it started to hit me that all my efforts to date really have only lightly scratched the surface of the vast sphere of the German language. My teacher came to the rescue and after half an hour or so I was back on track and ready to face yet another German social gathering, but I have to admit there are still occasions when I really feel I need to be alone but cannot without appearing rude. Continue reading “My German Learning Progress – Update”