https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aanaaaa

How I feel when I try to learn German ...

It is like the difficulty level of a game:

Beginner

Easy

Medium

Hard

Expert

Intense

Impossible

German :D

November 17, 2016

69 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/julie993502

I feel your pain. I don't think I will really learn to speak German properly until I physically move to Germany and can try and converse with the locals. I do a lesson and then can't remember anything, or just a word or two, I literally have to repeat and repeat and repeat. I can read a lot in German on the first half of the course and translate to English but struggle the other way round. It's sooooo long since I went to school that I even had to google all the terminology to start off with to know what on earth Duolingo was talking about :/ - I have even written down everything. I know it will sink in eventually, but after reading someone else have the same struggles after 2 years I'm thinking maybe my battle will be similar. I do speak Spanish, fairly fluently, albeit self taught and not grammatically correct, but I live here, it makes it easier. Good luck to us all is what I say :D

November 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aanaaaa

Maybe in ten years :D :D :D , my biggest problem is remembering the vocabulary :/

November 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

I could say the same for the Portuguese language ;) How shall I ever manage to remember all those many verbs and very different writing forms?

What do you think Anna? What languages from your profile are much easier for you to learn? How about Swedish vs Danish vs French/Spanish vs Esperanto?

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aanaaaa

Well , from the easiest to the hardest : English, Spanish, Italian, French , Esperanto, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, Turkish.

Now my knowledge level from the one I know more to the one I know less : English, Spanish, French, Italian, Esperanto, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch and Turkish.

Swedish, Norwegian and Danish have a very similar vocabulary, but the Danish pronunciation is different ...

Spanish is quite easy for me , it is almost the same as portuguese :)

After learning Italian and knowing Portuguese , Esperanto is easy too.

My problem with French was the pronunciation , but today it is not a problem anymore, I can understand Italian better when I read or listen, but I can write better in French...

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Roji-and-Salsa

Now you know why so many good engineers do come from Germany. They are not just experts they have mastered the impossible . lol

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aanaaaa

:D :D:D True :D :D , and they learn other languages faster too :) , I talk with two Germans and both of them speak more than 5 languages , complex languages too like Persian or Japonese ...

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Roji-and-Salsa

I was joking...
When it comes to languages Germans aren't different from anybody else, some are multilingual, most of the younger ones are fairly good in English, pupils have to learn a second foreign language (Latin or French or Spanish) they forget pretty quick after they have left school. When I see your flags I see you are doing better than most of the Germans.

And there are really good engineers who know only some English and even need a good secretary to look over their written German for corrections. They are just so technically biased they don't have an interest to improve their language skills.

November 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aanaaaa

Ah, that's why they are so good at speaking Spanish :) ... Here in Brazil we have English classes in public schools , but nobody learn anything, every year is the same thing " the verb to be" :D :D , we have just grammar , never pronunciation, never listening , never talking , never really learning something :/ ...

November 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zzzzz...

At first, I thought you were trying to spell something: B-E-M-H-E-I-I-G Uh, maybe not... :D

November 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MeleeNess23

That actually sounds vaguely Germanic, maybe just because it ends in "ig".

November 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aanaaaa

Oh no :D :D :D

November 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TeoJovanovski

My austrian friend says that they sacrifice their babies to their dictionaries :D :D :D

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/C21H30O5

Haha, und ein Lingot für Sie! XD

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TeoJovanovski

Danke! :D

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SadamHu55ain

Learn German adopting Childish approach and then its Fun! enjoy your childhood and German! Wow...

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BonBonChat

No way I disagree

November 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/matfran2001

Hahaha, kind of understand you, babe.

I started studying several new languages here during the last 13 months (I already spoke English and Spanish) and now I can read books comfortably in most of them but German.

I have serious problems even reading children's books in German, go figure!

I guess that if I stick with German for longer (maybe one more year or two) sooner or later I will be able to feel as comfortable as I feel now reading books in Italian, French, Catalan or Portuguese, but sometimes I doubt it.

Heck, I think I feel more comfortable in Romanian just after two days than in German (after months and having done half of the tree already), so I sometimes feel myself kind of retarded with respect to the German language.

November 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aanaaaa

I read books in Spanish, English, French and Italian , but I can't do it with German :D , I had problems to read " Der kleine Prinz " and I've been studying it for more than 2 years :D :D :D

November 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SvenDunkel

I thing German is a very easy language, so what all the fuss about ?

November 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nicogil

Where are you from? Why is there "Dunkel" in your name? "Dunkel" is a German word, isn't it? You are the first to say that German language is easy... Maybe you are german or, how "aanaaaa" has said, you are genius.

November 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zzzzz...

I think that German is relatively easy. Mainly because it is more regular than, say, English. You learn the rules and then you stick to them. :)

November 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tattamin

Sticking to rules makes you an honorary German anyway. ;)

November 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Babih10

Too many rules for my poor brain to memorize... not that easy to stick to them.

November 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gmbka

Bahih, wichtig ist, dass Du Dich verstaendlich machen kannst und das geht auch wenn die Endung eines Adjektivs nicht richtig ist.

November 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Babih10

Ich weiß , aber @gmbka Ich will nicht wie ein Kind klingt sprechen hehehehe. und ich wÜnsche mehr natural während spreche ich und mehr schnell sein.

November 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gmbka

"Uebung macht den Meister" ist ein deutsches Sprichwort, das gleichzeitig banal und richtig ist.

November 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/King2E4

Trust me, German is one of the "easier" languages to learn. Try to learn Polish. If you think German has a lot of rules, Polish would make you think that German isn't as bad. Not only does Polish have an extra three cases than German (German has four and Polish seven), it also has a lot of irregular verbs (most German verbs are regular and easy to conjugate due to their regularity) and FIVE grammatical genders (unlike German's three; Masculine, Feminine, and Neuter).

So, yeah, German is child's play when you compare it to Polish (or to any other Slavic language for that matter).

November 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/King2E4

I totally agree. A language's difficulty is subjective and is dependent on the person's mental capabilities. Some believe that Spanish is one of the easiest languages to learn, but I have trouble understanding the two different past tenses (Preterite and Imperfect) and understanding when to use the subjunctive, so Spanish is quite difficult for me. Plus, I cannot roll my Rs to save my life.

November 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Babih10

I won't even try Polish at this point of my life lol.

Now, to say a language is easy or difficult, it's a matter of perspective.

When I compare to portuguese, it's freaking difficult, I have nothing closer to all this declensions in my language, so to figure out all of this and find a way to put into my head is complicated.

Probably if I knew German and would learn Polish it would'nt be that scaring heheh, cuz I'd be used already on all cases and how to proceed and think about them.

November 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aanaaaa

So you are are genius ! :D

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tink629986

I feel like that about Spanish. I've long given up on learning English. Lol

November 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ManuArmstr

Puedes hablar conmigo en linea para aprender español cuando quieras ;)

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tink629986

Muchas gracias ... not sure I'm ready for that ;)

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Babih10

Podría intentar português despues =)

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tink629986

Das wäre mir zu viel auf einmal; außerdem möchte ich Catalan lernen wenn mein Castilian gut genug ist ;}

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Babih10

Ich habe es nie versucht, aber ein Kollege habe mir gennant dass Catalan aus ein bisschen wie Portuguesisch sehen.

Anyway, I don't actually think is a good idea to go from Spanish to Portuguese, they look a lot alike. A different language, with other roots, would be better to not mess up the brain.

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ManuArmstr

podemos hablar italiano jaja hablo un poco fluido

November 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ManuArmstr

Bueno yo igual podemos encontrar una lengua que mas o memos tengamos al mismo nivel

November 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Babih10

Nein, es sieht unmöglich am Anfang, aber das startet Sinn machen nach viele Fehlern gemacht =)

(I probably made some here lol, but I'll keep on trying)

November 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/King2E4

Would this sound better? - Nein, es sieht unmöglich am Anfang aus, aber es fängt an, einen Sinn nach vielen grammatikalischen Fehlern zu machen.

November 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

Almost, corrected (Native): "Nein, es sieht am Anfang nahezu unmöglich aus, aber es fängt (langsam) an einen Sinn zu machen/ergeben, nachdem zuvor viele Fehler gemacht wurden."

November 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Babih10

Danke ;)

Deutlich, brauche ich mehr Wortschatz weil deinen Satz eine Zeile größer als mein ist lol.

(probably wrong again... and order I still didn't get the essence of it hahahaha)

November 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

"Ich brauche (deutlich) noch mehr (or better: einen umfangreicheren) Wortschatz, weil Dein Satz eine Zeile größer als meiner ( / mein Satz) ist" :-)

BTW: Well, I am not a language student or German teacher, but so far I believe I have never ever seen the word "Deutlich," at the beginning followed by a comma. You may want to further verify this with available written grammar material Babih...

November 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Babih10

I'm taking notes, one day I'll be able to write something without mistakes hahahaha.

November 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

(Er/Sie/Es) Fehler gemacht hat
... gemacht wurden (past, plural for "Fehler")
(Er/Sie/Es - singular) macht / machte Fehler
Sie (plural) machen Fehler
... hat/hatten/wurden Fehler gemacht

So no.
You can not just leave out "wurden" behind "gemacht" that easily - one half would be missing.
The "single word" is machen, macht, machte - all without (ge-).

November 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Roji-and-Salsa

Hallo Babih. Du hast richtig beobachtet. Wenn in einer Bibliothek das gleiche Buch in Englisch, Deutsch, Französisch und Spanisch steht, ist das dickste Buch die deutsche Übersetzung. Es gibt viele lange Wörter in Deutsch und deutsche Sätze enthalten meist mehr Worte als Englisch oder Spanisch.

The good thing is, as long as you are making mistakes you are still learning. No more mistakes no more learning.

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Babih10

Hhahahaha now I really want to visit a library when I travel there =)

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

Another one: "Es sieht am Anfang fast unmöglich/unbezwingbar aus, gerade wenn anfangs noch viele Fehler vom Lernenden gemacht worden sind. Später jedoch fängt es nach viel Sprachtraining und grammatikalischen Korrekturen an, alles einen näheren (bzw. seinen) Sinn zu ergeben / zu machen.

November 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/King2E4

Das wird noch komplizierter.

November 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gmbka

Ist das nicht ein bisschen geschwollen ausgedrueckt?

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/matfran2001

Mein Deutsch ist so schlecht, dass ich den Google-Übersetzer benutzen musste, um Ihren Satz zu verstehen.

Ich musste es auch benutzen, um diese Sätze zu schreiben.

November 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Babih10

I know the struggle ahhahaha, sometimes I'm trying to talk to myself or write something in german and I'm always lacking vocabulary, so I usually end up mixing german and english ahahahah until I can look into Google and check for the appropriate word/verb.

November 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/C21H30O5

Mir auch. Ich gibt Lingot. :)

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Roji-and-Salsa

That's the good thing about Google and translation programs, they are really helpful sometimes to get an idea about what's written - but the translations are sometimes so terrible that even a native needs an interpreter to understand it. Ever read an instruction manuel for electronic gear that comes from China!

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gourmetkat

Try using Linguee!

November 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Roji-and-Salsa

Just installed, will try, thanks.

November 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SvenDunkel

Ich konnte das ziemlich leicht lesen !

November 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dvt128

hi! I'm looking for someone fluent in German who is willing to converse with me via duolingo messenger. I can help with English if need be :) follow me if you want

November 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ManuArmstr

Alguno hispanohablante por aqui? :)

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Highways

Yo mismo ;-)

November 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ManuArmstr

Why the english speakers have almost the majority of languages :(

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zzzzz...

English is not my native language but since Duolingo does not offer any courses in my mother tongue, I have to use English. So consider yourself lucky - at least there are several courses for Spanish speakers available here. :)

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TeriandKeri

You have my pity. English has got to be the lamest language in the history of the world. If I had to actually learn it and not live here in Nebraska, I would collapse and die in a very dramatic fashion.

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gmbka

Basic English is easy, but there are so many exceptions to the few rules that it is difficult for the non-native speaker to speak it perfectly.

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TeriandKeri

Manuel523377, because English is so boring we have to branch out and learn other languages so we don't have to speak it.

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ManuArmstr

Don't you like your mother language?

December 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Babih10

I don't think english is boring, with a british accent is even charming =)

December 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gmbka

It is an American company, therefore they started with English, but have branched out.

November 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ManuArmstr

If you are an English speaker that shouldn't be so hard to learn for you!

December 4, 2016
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