So my mum and her family are german ;)
And i can't speak a word of german, mum wanted us to learn when we was younger but dad didn't want her to teach us sadly =(
I've come to terms i want to learn it but it looks so difficult all i want to do is speak german to my german family =(
My girlfriend is German, along with all her family. They can all speak english, but I want to learn german, for nothing else but to not feel stupid every time I visit haha. So I know what you mean. Duolingo is really good for getting started I think though, at least for German anyway. Let me know if you ever want to practice with me :)
Ha, my family is Israeli. My parents, and my relatives all speak Hebrew. Then there's me, only Yiddish and English. I tried learning Hebrew multiple times but gave up, the language MAKES NO SENSE!
where do you live? i take it that your family is religious if you have learnt only yiddish at home
I know how you feel. When I was younger, I wanted to learn Filipino (Tagalog), as that was my mom's side of the family, but no one wanted to teach me. Now I'm the only one in my family that doesn't know the language. Ah well, more space in my head to fill with French, German and Spanish!
Have a lingot for your troubles. :-)
I'm from the Midwest in the United States and a lot of Germans settled here in the 19th and 20th centuries and spoke German but when the discrimination picked up due to the wars, a lot of that culture was lost. That's exactly why I don't speak it and my family doesn't. I am not on a quest to learn it and bring it back to the family.
I am in the same boat as well. My Great Grandfather came to the US from the Volga region of Russia, to escape rising Anti-German Sentiment that was growing in Russia in the early 20th century.
Hallo Ishwar, one tip: If you do not have the "ß" on your keyboard, use "ss" as a replacement, not "b". Though "b" looks similar, it is not understood by germans as a replacement for "ß", which is a ligature of "sz" and used for a hissed "s".
I'm very similar to you! My mom's family is all from Germany. Her parents lived in Germany well into their adulthood and we still have family there. I always recieve letters and birthday cards from my great aunts over there :)
Although my mom was born here, her first language was German since she grew up in a german household. Her mom spoke little English (though her dad was better). Since she went to an English school (we live in Canada) her parents made her go to German school on weekends to keep up with her German so she is still fluent in it. I, however, don't know a word (well before I started using Duolingo that is!). My dad didn't have anything against my mom teaching us, but she just never got around to it / didn't really see the point of it. We have tons of German kids books that my mom use to read to me when I was little. She sometimes read it in German but most of the times she translated it. We also have this book that teaches little kids German... I tried it when I was very little but gave up becuse it was too hard lol. So I decided to use Duolingo because I thought it would be cool to communicate in another language at home... and to keep my heritage alive :)