https://www.duolingo.com/jQU19

why did you choose to learn german?

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and not other languages such as spanish or french??

for the last 23 days im learing german, and i must tell, its so dam hard. but im not gonna to give up.. even the fact that im terrible at it...

as the creator of this post, i will answer first. i choosed to learn german because my familiy roots originally is from germany/austria. but no one in my familiy members speaks that language...

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I'm from Germany. When I was eight my family permanently moved to America and I forgot my language. The only thing I've ever really wanted to do was move back to Germany, so a few years ago I decided to move back and started taking steps to do so. One of the first steps was relearning German.

(I'm learning other languages too, though in the past few months I decided to focus entirely on German to get to the next level in it.)

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https://www.duolingo.com/LoriLynn22
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I originally chose to learn German and other languages to keep my mind sharp as I age, continually learning. Now I think it will be wonderful to learn a few languages before I reach retirement age so that I can travel the world and feel comfortable communicating with others.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Eric31742

Same here!

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https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN
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Das ist eine sehr interessante Geschichte.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ed.Guimaraes
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Amazing story. Hope you reach your goal of going back to Germany.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Heimwehg

That's a beautiful story. I'm not originally from Germany but I have German roots, so I decided to step up and learn it in hopes I can someday live there. I love your profile picture by the way!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Johanzel3

Heimwehg sounds like Home Path literally. I lived there in the US Army ages ago. I visit every summer and keep plugging away at the language.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Heimwehg

That's very interesting! If you don't mind me asking, where were you stationed? Also, "heimweh" translates to "homesickness" in German and it fits how I'm feeling. The "g" at the end was for my last name, so I mashed it together as a unique username.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Johanzel3

Danke. Ich habe in Hanau gelebt. Die Bruder Grimm Stadt.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Susan242221

I chose it because my mom is German (WWII bride). My brother and I were not disciplined enough to learn it as we were growing up, which I very much regret now. Some months back I heard a radio ad for Babel, which piqued my interest. I didn't care for that format, but through continued search, I found my way here. Best discovery ever!

So now Mom and I can talk together in German...not full-blown discourse, but I'm having a blast trying. And I love the way the words feel in my mouth, if that makes sense.

And, yes, the gender, case, and sentence structure make it very challenging, but it's not as hard as some others. Anything worth having is worth the effort, right?

Viel Glück with your language-learning journey!!!

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https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN
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Susan - Ich bin neidisch, du hast jemanden, mit dem du üben kannst. Wir haben übrigens den gleichen Vornamen.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Susan242221

Well, hi, Susan! I must admit, I had to look up some of your words :) Yes, I'm lucky to have Mom. My favorite expression to her now is, "Bis später, alligator!"

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https://www.duolingo.com/David904136

Bis Später, Alligator! :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN
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Yes, it was one of my best efforts to write in German. I'm glad you got it. That is cute, how about - "In einer Weile, crocodile"?

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https://www.duolingo.com/Susan242221

Ich mag das!

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https://www.duolingo.com/SpongeOver
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My boyfriend taught me: "Mach's gut, Knut!" and expressions like that. So I made my own one:

"Bis dann, Jan"

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https://www.duolingo.com/Johanzel3

At least it rhymes!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Kensy1220

I wanted to learn German because engineering and science are a big thing in Germany and I thought it might give me the upper hand later on in life. It also gives me the option to read studies in German that are on engineering or such topic.

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https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN
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Same here, back in the day when I was in HS, you were expected to have at least two years of a foreign language if you planned on going to college. I liked science, and I had a choice between Russian and German and I took German. Later on, I was in the service and was stationed in Germany and I picked up the language fairly well. I even took college German while in Germany. Later on, years later - I realized that I lost most of what I knew. So, I found this Duo course and after a short while I saw that I could maintain a streak. Really if it wasn't for that (I always have been competitive) I don't think I would have been so faithful. I love everything German - culture, philosophy, literature, medicine, history, music, and especially science - so it is a good fit for me.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Kensy1220

At my HS they also have German as in option. My HS only has two options, Spanish and German and I plan to do German in my HS.

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https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN
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I also could have taken French, never cared for the language. Spanish, it wasn't such a big deal then, that I thought I'd have to learn Spanish. Russian didn't appeal to me. So German it was, and I am so glad I did. It made my tours in Germany much nicer.

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https://www.duolingo.com/sweilan1

When I was very young, I remember looking at a photo of a small Alpine village within Switzerland. Loved it. I decided right then and there, that's where I wanted to live. I mentioned this to an older sibling who informed me they spoke German in Switzerland. German??? My father then informed me that his parents spoke German when he was growing up - his mom passed when he was very young and his father passed before I was even born. I had then learned that my grandparents only learned English when their children started attending school and the kids came home and taught their parents. Something even more interesting - Grandpa was born and raised in the US. Grandpa went back to Germany (prior to WWI) to visit family and met his future bride.

That's when I decided to look at photos of Germany. I was blown away by the beauty of the country. I remember the first time I saw a photo of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin and it sealed the deal - I had to learn this country's language.

So it all started with a photo of a Swiss village.

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https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN
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Liebe auf den ersten Blick. Tolle Geschichte.

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I saw the title and was going to answer, then I read the first sentence... It is interesting because the direct reason I chose to learn German was that I finished the Spanish and French lessons so it will be the next course for me to conquer. But the main reason is, when I traveled to Germany last year, I could barely understand the signs on the street and the train tickets I bought and the explanations in the museums written in German, so I missed a lot during the journey. I want to be able to read German before I visit Germany again.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Dirk858585
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I saw the title and was going to skip it (because I'm a native speaker)...:). ... but: First of all: I understand your reasons, we felt the same during our visits in Mexico in the past - "Something is missing"... You walk down the streets looking at mysterious exotic words... Finally we met people not speaking anything but Spanish (and Maya..:)). At this point we decided to give it a try. Now we are addicted to it, it's just a new level of discovering a country and it's people.

@jQU19: You see I can't answer your question that way... but why did we choose to learn Spanish? For similar reasons - to learn something about the culture, history, people and their daily life etc. of countries we are going to visit more often (Mexico, Spain).

I'm happy about seeing people sticking with German even when they realize how hard it can be, so I wish you all good luck & success with that :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/SilentMoose

I only had the option of doing German, Spanish or French when it came time to chose my third language in 8th grade. Germany is one of our biggest trading-partners in Norway and also it is a similar language to ours so I chose it. Words like natürlich / naturlig and so on are virtually the same, German just have more grammar xD So happy I learned German, it opened my opportunities in the job market as well as giving me access to lots of great films and music!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Johanzel3

Fascinating that the languages have some similarities.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lemuria16
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My current motivation is partner who lives in Austria, but way back in times of my grammar school, when I had have just started foreign languages classes, I had that deep urge for learning German. The possibility came in secondary school, but due to frequent changes of the German teatchers it did not work well. Inspite Rammstein popularity back then.

I do also find a lot of similarities between my native and German - just because of the neighbourg influences (mostly technical and industrial terms). The grammar on the other side is somehow easier ;)

Thumbs up for cultural aspects!

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https://www.duolingo.com/ManuelPere860821

Rammstein :D

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https://www.duolingo.com/David904136

Uncle Sam chose for me. :) Despite the fact that I told them quite clearly that I had lost nothing in Germany that I needed to look for, they sent me anyway.

I stayed a little over two years and I fell in love with the place. I've been back many times.

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https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN
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Wo warst du stationiert?

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https://www.duolingo.com/David904136

Ich war meistens im Heilbronn gewesen aber ich war auch ungefähr zehn Monate in einem kleinen Dorf in Unterfranken gewesen.

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https://www.duolingo.com/DanielTap135

I chose German because I want to learn multiple languages. One reason is to give my younger siblings a hard time! :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/jQU19
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thanks for replying me! i gave you 1 lingot

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https://www.duolingo.com/DanielTap135

U get my upvote

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https://www.duolingo.com/DanielTap135

And follower

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanielTap135

Also because my mom has German blood, so I thought learning German would be appropriate.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Andrew713585

I chose to learn German as my paternal grandparents originally came from Leipzig before moving to Australia. I hope to visit Germany within the next few years, to not only see where they came from but to visit a couple of friends I have made, who live there. While being fluent in German would be fantastic, I'd settle for the ability to at least be able to hold a conversation.

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https://www.duolingo.com/sea-mist

Due to family heritage.. 50% German heritage. Germany and 23andME (DNA database which links you with family members worldwide, the ones in Germany, some dont talk English.

Once I've really got the hang of this, I'll start working on my family tree and start contacting them again

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https://www.duolingo.com/Sydaberg

I chose to learn German because on both sides of my family I have a lot of German-from-Russia heritage. My grandmother on one side and grandfather on the other spoke only German before starting school, despite being born and raised in the U.S. As it is today, where I live, a lot of older folks talk with a German accent--again, all born and raised here. They speak a German dialect with a lot of Russian and such blended in, and even some German words are spelled and pronounced differently than it would be in, say, Hannover. I thought it would be nice to carry a conversation in German with them and learn as a sort of dedication to my grandpa.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Georgie-Pineda

When i was in school i met a polish family whose grandffather was saved during WWII by a Werhmach soldier, even thou they acknoledge the crimes they couldnt bring themselves to hate germans because of that action so as a family tradition they all learn and teach german, i was 12 years old and learned a bit back then.

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https://www.duolingo.com/0gik1

Easy, it's because there is nothing I like more than the feeling of punching myself in the face.

There is nothing that could bring greater joy than the sudden enlightenment that a desk or a straw has a gender! Oh, all these foolish years that I have thought and talked about these inanimate objects if they were just a thing! Nein! They have feelings, they should be respected and appreciated and randomly assigned genders. Now, with the learning of the German language, I have realized my erroneous way and have taken the necessary steps to improve my life by recognizing plastic bags for what they really are.

For whoever came up with German grammar oh so many years ago, I say: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Johanzel3

Read Mark Twain's The Awful German Language!

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https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN
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Good suggestion, many of us are familiar with Mark Twain's essays on the German language. He is funny.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Johanzel3

Die Schreckliche Deutsche Sprache.

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https://www.duolingo.com/0gik1

LOL!

"Surely there is not another language that is so slipshod and systemless, and so slippery and elusive to the grasp. One is washed about in it, hither and thither, in the most helpless way; and when at last he thinks he has captured a rule which offers firm ground to take a rest on amid the general rage and turmoil of the ten parts of speech, he turns over the page and reads, "Let the pupil make careful note of the following exceptions."

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https://www.duolingo.com/David904136

I can think of at least one other such language.

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https://www.duolingo.com/David904136

At least there are neuter nouns in German. Everything in Spanish is masculine or feminine.

But then some things are neuter in German that would would think should not be. Mädchen, Fräulein, etc.

I suspect English is the (an) exception in having no grammatical gender.

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https://www.duolingo.com/RedAngel666

Ogik, you are so welcome :-)))

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Link-Skywalker

Hi @jQU19,

Basically I chose German for practical reasons. I basically want to become a pilot, and in fact, if all goes well, I may be qualified for the job in 3~4 years. I am from France, but I don't want to work there, I want to work somewhere in Europe. I hence chose Norwegian as my first destination would be Scandinavia, but it's not the only one.

Although, there a lot of companies, as well as some of the best in and around the German speaking countries, being Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Swiss only hires German speakers, being a French speaker isn't enough at all). Basically, they all hire German speakers, and having visited Germany and Switzerland, and being absolutely sure that Austria is a good place: They all are potentially good places to live for me.

Being able to speak German will therefore make me have more opportunities for the future in terms of jobs, and help me visit and/or live in the German speaking countries.

EDIT: I also have a lot of German friends who I do speak English with, but at times, when they speak together in German, I'd also like to understand at times!

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https://www.duolingo.com/MagicalUnicorn42

I am already fluent in French and tried taking Spanish but didn't enjoy it. So i decided to try German in Cegep, it's been almost 2 years that i'm learning German at school and i plan on pursuing Germanistik in University. Eventually i'd like to go to university in Germany for a second major :D I honestly really enjoy the language and have fun learning it in class :P

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https://www.duolingo.com/David904136

On one vacation, I walked from Kehl am Rhein to Strasbourg. I bought a hot dog from an Imbiss and - thinking it was a border town so they would speak some German - I ordered in German.

She answered in English. I stubbornly persisted the whole conversation in German and both of the ladies spoke to me in English until one finally delivered my sandwich and said Voila!

I'm a native English speaker by the way. :)

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RedAngel666

Hi David,

I can explain this surreal situation even though the reason for their reaction is quite sad. French people at the German/French border still often refuse to speak or react to German no matter if they understand it or not. Especially in the area of 'Elsass'. The reason is WWII. Reluctance and resentment due to this time still exist.

My mum tried to get a room in a hotel, after 20 min and when the man realized that she really doesn't know French (he didn't know to speak German or didn't want to?) his son came from the room in the back and spoke German to her.

When I was at the border area at Weil am Rhein I experienced the same phenomenon. French people did understand me obviously but refused to answer in German or admit that they understand me. They changed to English or stubbornly to French, well knowing that I won't understand them.

best regards, Angel

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https://www.duolingo.com/David904136

Their animosity doesn't stop them from crossing the border for tobacco!

When I was first in Germany, there were still some folks who had hard feelings against Americans. A pastor friend who spoke almost no German came back from the restroom at a restaurant and asked the rest of US what "Ami-pooh" meant!

Explanations ruin jokes but just in case, that's meant to be the sound of someone spitting.

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https://www.duolingo.com/RedAngel666

I rarely witnessed animosities agains Americans but sometimes against US Army members for many different reasons. Things like that are always sad.

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https://www.duolingo.com/David904136

This was probably 1983. Many (most?) of the folks who lived through WWII are no longer with us.

There were also many more American soldiers there then than there are now and soldiers often get up to some mischief.

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https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN
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Sometimes they didn't know I understood most of what they were saying about us.

This was pre-1983.

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https://www.duolingo.com/RedAngel666

I mean the younger ones. Friedensbewegung, Nato Doppelbeschluss etc. back then or the current political situation today. But to put that on a soldiers shoulders is unfair imho.

(maybe I'm not as young as you think^^)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Johanzel3

Soldiers usually have bad reputations regardless of country. Young, homesick and drinking too much!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Eric31742

That's hilarious!

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https://www.duolingo.com/David904136

It was actually a little surreal.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Dominic993140

That's awesome that you're sticking with the language and that you haven't given up. Also you're probably not as bad as you think. I'm learning German because I plan on moving to Europe to pursue a career in aviation

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https://www.duolingo.com/BrainCandy626963

I thought it was a cool language to learn.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lanae91321

Well my family (grandparent/ancestors) come from Germany and Ireland. As the story goes we were sheep herders and instead of paying for our livestock we stole it and eventually got banished from the village or some crap. Idk about the story but my heritage is legit. Not only that but it sounds...... beautifully angry when spoken. Lol

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https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN
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Das ist schon eine Geschichte!

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https://www.duolingo.com/RobertCowh

I started learning German because I have a long term goal to be a Polyglot, and it was more fun than Spanish and drastically easier than Hindi(I'm a 3-sentence Hindi speaker). Also, I'm a book lover and German is one of the best languages, outside of English, for literature.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Johanzel3

Ja-Toll.

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https://www.duolingo.com/SpiritAnim6

Overall, I have one main reason that splits off into another reason. My main reason is I am mostly German (I'm somwhere between 65 and 85%), so I feel it would be honoring my heritage in a way. That branches off to my desire to learn German in high school. I was thinking that I could take the Duolingo course to help start me off so I get at least a grasp of the German language before starting in high school. My current school is an elementary through middle school, and nowhere in there are any German classes offered. You have to take Spanish, but there is no way to learn German through my school.

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As with many others, it's about family roots for me. My great-grandfather (whom I never knew) came to America from Germany, and my grandfather (whom I knew very well) was born here and grew up in a house where he heard a lot of German. He didn't speak it himself, but he identified strongly as German, and we always used lots of little German words in conversation around their house – bitte, danke, Milch, Käse, you know, just little things.

I wish I'd started really learning and speaking the language much younger. But for now it is a pleasant hobby and reminds me of a time and place I miss.

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https://www.duolingo.com/SoniaFlore511344

I chose to learn German first, because I plan on going there. Like, why am I going to go there, if I don't even know how to speak German? And recently, I found out I have German in me, so Yay! I am glad to learn German. Some words are easy, other aren't. But it takes practice, and studying to reach your own personal goal.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Axel.a5

Im from Sweden actually, german just sounds right to me. I like all the sounds, i like how long the words are, my german teacher at school is awesome! also, the language is related to Swedish making it more easier than french or spanish. After i learn german i plan on learning a bunch of different germanic languages like icelandic, dutch, danish, frisian, faroese, norwegian, and stuff (probably not all those languages). My mother desperately wants me to learn french, ehh... I like french but ehh.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Nygmobble_pot

I genuinely don't know why but I find the language and culture quite interesting

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https://www.duolingo.com/ACoates20

because i thought it was cool

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Ich wählte Deutsch zu lernen weil mein Opa und meine Oma aus Bayern kommen. Sie sprechen perfekt Englisch, aber jetzt können wir ein bisschen Deutsch sprechen. Wenn ich mehr Deutsch spreche, ich werde meiner Großfamilie schreiben.

(Das war mein erster Versuch auf Deutsch ze schreiben. Bitte korrigier mich wenn ich Fehler gemacht habe. Danke!)

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https://www.duolingo.com/RedAngel666

Ich sehe nichts, was ich korrigieren müsste, gut gemacht. :). Freut mich, wenn Du mit deinen Großeltern deutsch sprechen kannst. Weiter viel Spaß beim Lernen.

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https://www.duolingo.com/sncSN8Qo
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Danke schön!

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https://www.duolingo.com/David904136

Wenn man wirklich aus Bayern stammt, dann spricht man ein "bissel" Deutsch!

Und zum Glück; Hanschen and Gretchen wäre nie erfolgreich!

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https://www.duolingo.com/RedAngel666

'a bisserl' wäre noch passender :). aber lass ihn/sie erstmal Deutsch lernen, wenn er/sie dann noch Zeit hat von seinen Großeltern bayrisch zu lernen wäre das zwar toll, aber überhaupt mit ihnen Deutsch sprechen zu können ist bestimmt auch so eine schöne Sache. ;-)

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https://www.duolingo.com/David904136

Im Franken sagt man eher "bissele".

Übrigens, Haserl und Greterl wäre auch nie erfolgreich.

Viele Leute sprechen meistens Schuldeutsch aber mit einem gelegentlich "madel" oder was ähnliches.

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https://www.duolingo.com/RedAngel666

:-))) Fränkisch, nicht bayrisch hihi.

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Several reasons, really.

First off, when I first had the option of learning a language, my only options were Spanish, French, Latin and German. Of all of these, German was the only one that wasn't Romance. I also happen to be disinterested in learning Spanish (I don't know why, I'm just not interested), French I figured would be a difficult language to start out with (French pronunciation, everyone!), and Latin ... well, Latin was the only language that was contested with German. In the end, German won out. (But then I wound up with an extra opening, I was given the option of taking another course, and I decided to add Latin. I went on to study Latin and German simultaneously for three years - and I am so very glad I did.)

Another reason is, well, in a phrase, World War II. I figured that in learning German, I could learn a bit more about World War II from the Germans' perspective; and what with my amazing teacher, my wish was fulfilled.

And, of course, there's Nancy Drew - the computer games. In games like "The Phantom of Venice," there are characters who are of different nationalities, such as Helena Berg, a German reporter; Margherita Faubourg, a Venetian local; and Colin Baxter, a British artist. Not only do they speak with a genuine accent, but there are also points where you, as Nancy Drew, have to translate what they have written in a foreign language. Nancy naturally does all the legwork, but after learning German for a while, I nearly flipped when I went back into the game, looked at some of Helena's German writing - and realized that I could understand it.

The fourth reason is more familial. I am part German, among other things. But, more than that, my grandfather was stationed in Germany after World War II, and he picked up a good amount of German there - much of which he has since forgotten, sadly. But I can still tell him German jokes and he will still understand, and I love that.

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https://www.duolingo.com/David904136

My landlady was in the Freiwillige Feuerwehr during WWII - all the men were away fighting. She told me some stories. One in particular about the next village that was strafed and bombed apparently just so the planes could unload their payloads before returning to base.

It made the news again many years later when the church roof partially collapsed due to the damage. It had apparently just been patched up at the time.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Akhnati

Cause why not, might sound absurd, but I learnt english just cause I wanted to bother my friends in a language they didn't get, why not German too? Also, I want to sing "Moskau" correctly.

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https://www.duolingo.com/RedAngel666

what a wonderful and hilarious reason. I love it. :-))

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AniChan159

I've wanted to master a language since I was little. And German has kind of just came natural to me.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Johanzel3

I was sent to Hanau-Die Bruder Grimm Stadt- by the US Army when I was 18. It was so stunning! The language, culture, scenery and all were and are wonderful. It gave me the travel bug I've never shaken and I go to the Teutonic Countries of Deutschland, Osterreich and Schweiz every summer. Johanzel

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MetroWestJP
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Curiosity as a kid, an adoration for the cuisine, and then finding out as an adult that both of my parents have German roots. German is actually my third language, after English and Spanish. It was an intimidating language at first and not much fun to study some days, but I made a commitment to work on it every day, even when I didn't feel like, and I'm so glad I did. It has become my favorite language. And it seems so easy, now that all of those grammar rules have become habit, that I forget how difficult it seemed starting out.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gottogetout

"it seems so easy, now that all of those grammar rules have become habit, that I forget how difficult it seemed starting out"

Très intéressant

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johanzel3

Good points!

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffGlaister
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Warum nicht? I learned German at school up to A Level, although I failed the exam. I have been to Germany quite a few times maily with work, including spending around 7 months working in Karlsruhe in 2006/7. During that time I found I was beginning to understand most of what was being said, but I was struggling to answer back in German. Since then I have sort of let it go, but my wife told me about Duolingo (she does French, Spanish and Chinese), so I signed up and started doing German. I am also using Busuu and with both I have manged to get German A1 and A2 certificates. I have started to watch German language programs and films via Netflix and I'm hoping to be able to watch and understand them without subtitles!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/muhammadva156940

I choose to learn German because of my work ( Tour leading ) and cause it's my Himalaya if I do finish it i will be on the pick of the Mount Everest.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kane_Adams
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It is one of the most spoken languages in Europe, so in my mind, it only made sense to learn it after I learned English. Maybe I'll end up using German for work purposes, maybe just for the sake of it, who knows. But it is indeed a language I want to learn more than any other, at least for the time being.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HelcioCesar
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I have family and friends in Erfurt and would like to speak German better next time I go there. :)

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/6vU0pWWA
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I'm living pretty near Erfurt 35mi away. I've been there quite a few times. Very nice for a bigger city. It wasn't bombed during the war so there's mostly older buildings.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/David904136

Erfurt is a very nice town. I've was there once just long enough to check out the Krämerbrücke and the Dom. It is worth a longer visit.

If I had relatives there they would have to chase me away!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KimRobinso972430

I learned Spanish in high school but wanted to learn German because of my family heritage and the fact that it's very similar to English. I felt like that would make it easier to learn, and that's held true for me so far. :)

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LindseySnyder06

I am born and raise in America but my ancestors are german/dutch and I am planning on moving to Germany one day. Also the language is very easy and I did not chose Spanish or French because I take those classes in school.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jph2893
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I attended a technical high school that only offered French and German, which were considered scientific languages. I chose German and studied it for three years. At that time I found it quite difficult. Recently, I decided to pick up where I left off many years ago to see if I could increase my knowledge of German so that if I visit Germany I will not be totally clueless. I now find that the more I study German the easier it gets and the more I enjoy it. I also find more similarities to English. I suppose that when I studied it in school, I was so busy with other subjects that I didn't devote enough time to learning German, but now I actually enjoy it.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Brock484290

Same here! My ancestors were Swiss German speakers from Switzerland. I've heard that Swiss German is quite different from normal German, but it still feels cool to be learning (at least something similar to) my ancestor's language.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/David904136

Switzerland is party to the Council for German Orthography (Rat für deutsche Rechtschreibung), so German is taught in their schools as it would be in Germany or Austria.

That said, there are many dialects of German and many people use them to some extent, often mixing dialectal words in otherwise mostly standard German speech.

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johanzel3

The Swiss switch to High German when they realize that one is not a native speaker.

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Naomi_Gman

I originally choose to learn German at my school for a quarter (It was an exploratory class) just because my friends would be in it, then as the quarter progressed I started to enjoy the actual language and instead of taking Spanish or French 1 the next year, I choose German. Best decision ever!! Now I found something I really love and it's given me a group of close friends, and my fun adventures from school usually all have something German related. I'm working to be fluent one day and maybe become a teacher of the language.

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dogknight

I am learning German as I have German heritage and I would like to speak another language. My mothers side of the family was from Berlin and that side of the family still regularly speak the language at family gatherings. I feel a bit left out. Unfortunately my mother never spoke it to me as a child due to my father not knowing the language. Further, I am toying with the idea of moving to Germany for a few years to live and work. I think it would be a wonderful experience for myself and my family.

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JTqpPI
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Right now to relearn what have lost since high school. In high school we had a choice of three languages French, Spanish, or German and everybody said German was the hardest so that is what I took.

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SmlBean1
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my boyfriend made me

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johanzel3

Enjoy it together!

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheRealCalculus

We, in India, are supposed to learn a third language (other than English and Hindi) in grades 6 through 8. In my case it was Deutsch and I literally fell in love with it. The language the people and the history, all appealed to me. Now that I am in 10th grade, and my school doesn't offer German as an elective, I am on Duolingo!!!

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johanzel3

Good for you!

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alpha3099

My employer opened a Berlin office last year. I was selected to work alongside our Berlin manager to work on bringing European clients into the the American market, and the reverse as well. So I am doing it for work purposes. I guess I could have learned French or Yoruba or Mandarin, since I have clients that are native speakers of those languages. But that doesn't help me get paid to visit our Berlin office and take a working vacation.

Spanish probably makes more sense for me on a practical sense, since I am in Los Angeles, Spanish is all around me, more film and TV are done in Spanish here than any non-English language, and my wife is fluent. But at the same time, I have an uncle who is Puerto Rican, he taught me quite a bit when I was younger. If I try I can understand a lot that is said to me in Spanish. But Spanish isn't that interesting to me.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/That.One.Fellow

I don't particularly know. I just thought it was more engaging than French, Spanish, or Italian. It's more fun, I guess.

Also I've always wanted to move to Switzerland, so if that ever happens I'll be ready.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Allysa62583
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I learn german because i had a friend who lives in germany, and even though we lost touch, i fell in love with the language

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EmiliePrie1

I wanted to learn German because as an Australian all of my family roots came from Prussia/Germany. also i would love to go travelling through Germany and i would like to be able to communicate to the people.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90
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I am learning German because I like the language, family roots and I like Germany.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN
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jQU19 - Was ist deine Muttersprache?

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jQU19
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Hebrew - עברית

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN
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תודה.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Seattle_scott
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I don't know why. Because learning another Asian language seemed like way too much work, and I'd like to live in Europe for a while again.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gottogetout

Hi,
I chose to try to "become friend" with German and Germany - as a personal new challenge, starting from scratch, and with no connections at all with Germany.
Because it's so different from what I know. Spanish and French. I speak English too because it was my last "new challenge" in September 2012 (6 years and a half ago)

I did not want to get into a language as Chinese, Russian, Japanese... Although it would have certainly been very interesting too, but it would had require much more time, and they are more distant countries from mine, France. I'll may be one day like to learn such a language, after German, may be not, because to learn a new one from zero is really a huge huge time eater.

If I decide to learn a language I try to embed it in my life. Done with English. I'll never learn a language if I do not intend to use it regularly. At Winter, as it's cold and I spent a lot of time at home, I appreciate some German TV Programs online. There's also Arte TV in France, German radios. I'm not fond of written German for the moment, but I'm still a beginner. It's going to be a long long journey.

German sounds really "weird" for a French speaker. It's a real "challenge" to get used :-)

I have been in Tenerife - a Canarian Island once, 5 years ago, on holiday, and the Spanish receptionist woman said to me "Oh, if you want to work here, German is not an option, you have to know it". I was intrigued!

I have been once in Budapest. There was only Hungarian TV channels in the hotel's room ... plus one German channel and I was unable to understand anything. It was "like Chinese" for me. So, German language represented a total mystery for me, and at the same time it's a close country.

I crossed the way of some German people in the past and the language has always been a complete mystery for me.

The language is not liked by most French people. I don't care.

I'm going to read the answers of the other now, guys.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gottogetout

I like languages; especially when spoken by nice lovely women :-)

Listen to Sandra Bullock speaking German

Listen to Jodie Foster speaking French

Listen to Gwyneth Paltrow speaking Spanish.

They all have almost perfect accents. Isn't it magical? For me there's something definitely magical in languages when I hear people speaking like that. (and especially lovely women like them, for sure)

There is something fascinating about bilingualism, for sure. (it's when I see it in others that I find it incredible)

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iamrian
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Thank you for posing the question. My goal is to really understand English since I am a lover of English Literature. In order to fully grasp such a cobbled network of words, I am pursuing fluency in Ancient Greek, Latin, German and French. These are the roots of English and knowing them means knowing English deeply.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/David904136

Well, some English words are of Scandinavian origin. You'd better get busy!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KohlMagness

My family is from Schleswig-Holstein and came over to the U.S. during the Holocaust (my great-grandfather was a Nazi). I love my heritage and Germany; I decided to learn the language because of my roots, and I'd like to live there some day.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gottogetout

your grand father was a Nazi. Wow :-(

you're absolutely NOT responsible of the acts of your grand father, it's certain. If goes without saying.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jQU19
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my main problem with german is that everytime i get confeused with female/male/neutral words. its hard to remember the gender of every word in german.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SethWolfe1

Yeah, I hear ya. That's my biggest issue aswell.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johanzel3

Plus one has to learn the plurals.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lemuria16
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1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JackDaniel97680

I come from German Descent, and I am growing fascinated with German history as well.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gottogetout

You are fascinated by German history? SlamRN talks also about how interesting is the history of Germany. Why? I'm ignorant about it. I mean I know things about WW I and WW II. Is it what fascinates you?

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN
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Look into philosophy, literature, science and music just for a start. Germany was considered the most cultured society in the world; that is one of the reasons why the events surrounding WWII was so shocking to many.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gottogetout

Yes, of course, like everyone else I've heard about great German philosophers, musicians, writers and scientists, or from countries next to Germany, speaking German, but history has never been my favorite field.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN
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Gottogetout - What is your favorite field? You asked if I was a teacher; no. But I am a lifelong learner.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gottogetout

OKAY. having read you I know that you have done high studies, but I can also assume that you certainly have a wide culture. I'm not at your level on that point. I didn't have the chance to go to higher education personally, initially. I read a lot, but not literature. I love music, but it is the same I practice for pleasure, "en amateur".
I do not have collected big amounts of knowledge in any fields, except in the field of my work, whose I prefer not to talk here. Nothing really exciting to talk about

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN
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Gottogetout - You are still young, most of the important things I have learned was after age 50. You are here on Duo, learning something. To me that says a lot. Keep on truckin'.

BTW, I didn't get to go to college until after I got out of the US Army and I used my benefits to go to college and pursue nursing.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johanzel3

Sie sind richtig.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johanzel3

Sie sind richtig.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gottogetout

You're right 'SlamRN, I 'm still young. I'm a young man of more than 50 yo and I'll try to keep young as longer as possible.

By the way : I did a typical confusion for a French. "High School" doesn't mean university. Sorry. Still some little lacks or confusions here and there in English. It can happen sometimes.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johanzel3

Das ist wahr!

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RETIREDSKI

I decided to do German as I was station in Germany while in the military. I picked up plenty and it has helped me greatly. I want to be able to retain the German that I have. On another note, I am also doing Polish because my parents came from there. Now that is a hard language, but like you I am not going to give up,

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jonathan221676
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Same Reason i always wanted to learn it

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chuparrosa38
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I'd already learned Spanish and French in school. I saw that German was the third most popular language after those two. I immediately regretted it and eventually went back to Spanish, French and Italian.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johanzel3

Keep up the good work!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/forever.always

Two words. Industrial metal.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thetaa
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Because my favorite band is from Germany and some of her songs are in German. I would like to study further in Germany too.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johanzel3

My favorite band, The Beatles, played there also. In Hamburg, back in the day.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RedAngel666

What's the name of the band?

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/David904136

"Nena" viellicht?

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/6vU0pWWA
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I learned German because of classical music. A lot of great composers were native German speakers. Otherwise I don't like it that much as a language. I'm here living in Germany now though and speak fluently. Also there are a lot of dialects. I've taken on some habits that are not Hochdeutsch. But dialects like Bavarian are hard for normal Germans to understand too.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/6vU0pWWA
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I learned German because of classical music. A lot of great composers were native German speakers. Otherwise I don't like it that much as a language. I'm here living in Germany now though and speak fluently. Also there are a lot of dialects. I've taken on some habits that are not Hochdeutsch. But dialects like Bavarian are hard for normal Germans to understand too.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johanzel3

Talk about dialects! Schweizer Deutsch is incomprehensible.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/6vU0pWWA
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I can understand about 1/2 of it. Bayerisch maybe 1/4. Here the call dialect "plaat"

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johanzel3

So Platt it is

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Badger331772

Well, some of my family is German. And I plan to move there when I'm older. Also for high school, because in my opinion Spanish is quite boring.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johanzel3

The Badger is a cool icon!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ThisisAugu

i choosed the german cause´i love to travel and one of the cities that i hope visit is Berlin

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chromalogue
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I learned French growing up, and I learned Norwegian to be able to watch Ylvis on television, and then I was out of new stuff to do on Duolingo so I thought I might as well. And then it started to get useful. I have been applying for German jobs, I've taken a German for Work course, and right now I'm slogging through a novel that isn't available in English.

I'm really terrible at it too, though. To tell you the truth, I think tackling the novel made things worse. Not sure how that worked, but after about two and a half years I'd gotten to where I was getting about fifty percent of the answers to things on the first try, and now I get everything wrong all the time, and it takes me three or four tries before I figure out the right answer.

I do want to do Spanish eventually, but it just doesn't come up that much.

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lei31902

I decided to choose German because I used to live in Germany and, growing up, I was fluent in it until I came to the U.S. and forgot most of it. I wanted to learn it again.

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcelBal
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It makes up one half of my ancestry

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SpongeOver
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Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to learn German. An old lady at church left me a German book when she died and I really wanted to read it (Also the church I grew up in comes from Germany, so for big services they would have transmissions from Germany, with a guy translating everything to English)

I now live in Germany and speak German about 95% of the time. Right now my goal is to get a language certificate and improve my grammar.

Love this language.

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gottogetout

Dieser Thread hat einen erstaunlichen Erfolg!

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johanzel3

Ausgezeichnet!

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MattGargus

I have lots of German heritage (of 8 great-grandparents, the names Bergner, Theilen, Schmidtke, and Schreiber comprise 4 of them, and I've traced all but the Bergners back to Germany so far). I would like to at least have rudimentary grasp of the languages of my heritage. It's the same reason I'm starting French more recently (Gargus being derived from Garrigues).

4 days ago
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