I finally "cracked" German
So, after learning the German language off and on for about two years, I was recently able to hold a decent conversation with a native German speaker, as small as it was, it was still a milestone for me. On top of recently being able to read and "decode" paragraphs in German (If I understand 40-60% of the sentence I can generally figure out what it says.) While my German still isnt all to great, its still nice to see progress. Something that helped me a lot was getting my mind into the process of thinking of German words as a mere expansion of the English language, and incorporating it into everyday conversations and thought.
The grammar was tricky, but I got my mind around that by simply remembering its a very different culture, so the way things are said and words used will be different. (That and German grammar is very similar to the "old English" style of Grammar.)
Hey nice to hear fellow German learners! Congratulation I would say! Would you be so kindto share your thoughts more on that process and how you finally found that 'cracked' moment. I have been learning German since of November last year and it was still quite hard to make a decent conversation. I had recently acquired B1 Goethe Zertifikat, yet it is still very hard for me..
Congrats! I recommend their online TV (and a simple dictionary like pons.com). The archives (Mediathek of ARD, Arte, ZDF, Servus, ORF) are always full of documentaries and even short clips. There's always something that I like. I completely switched to their media and I'm learning effortlessly now.
Congratulations! I have not spoken with any native speakers yet but there are German exchange students coming to my school in one or two weeks, so I'm hoping to finally put my German to use then. Like you, I have also started to "decode" more complex sentences. Take a Lingot man, I have way to many that I don't deserve as much as you.