Ich bin ein Nerd, aber ein glücklicher Nerd

Yes, I'm an unabashed nerd. I was watching Netflix' "The Rain" in German today and got about twenty minutes in before I had to break out Google Translate. I'm picking up things by context now. E.g., "Wenn ich bremse, rennt ihr in den Wald" was clear to me, even though "bremse" was new. I knew "Wald" because I'd just finished "Die Künstlerin". I'm watching "Galileo" on YouTube, getting through "Leviathan:Erwacht" page by page (I do need to lookup quite a few more words and phrases in this book), and 99 Luftballons and Heilung's "Schlammschlacht" now are understandable. I'm just over six months in and looking forward to the end of the year when I reach my self-imposed deadline.

People have said that after the initial month, progress goes down. This is true. It happened to me. After the first couple weeks I was able to introduce myself and knew the verb tenses, had a general idea about dative and accusative, and felt that I could master the language in a year. Three months in and learning about weak nouns, special cases, shifting word order and just remembering the thousands of new words (and articles) was intimidating. There was a point where I was reading about "morgen" and "Morgen" and "Der See" and "Die See" and getting frustrated. But then I remembered how difficult it was to explain subjunctives and lie/lay to others. In that light, German is beautifully structured and relatively consistent. I'm glad I stuck it through (now on day 190 of my streak) as in the past month I seem to be learning at a rapid pace again.

So, thank you DuoLingo.

May 21, 2019


Kudos for your hard work. Sorry to correct you. It should be: " Ich bin ein Nerd, ABER ein glücklicher Nerd"

"SONDERN" always needs a negation in the first statement like "nicht" or "kein" - "Ich bin KEIN unglücklicher Nerd SONDERN ein glücklicher"

I am old, but happy - "Ich bin alt, ABER glücklich" I am not weak but strong - "Ich bin NICHT schwach SONDERN stark"

May 21, 2019

Awesome! Thank you for correcting my mistake.

May 22, 2019

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    Here is a little something from the book called: Grit - How to Keep Going When You Want to Give Up

    "When you start out, you enjoy a short-term period of rapid growth. You lose your first couple of pounds, you make your first sale, you say your first sentence in a foreign language, or you drive the first mile on a motorcycle.

    After the initial gratifying period, things get harder. You no longer improve so quickly, or even worse – you feel stuck, unable to push through the obstacles. In his book, Seth Godin says that if something is worth doing, there’s probably a dip to experience. The dip (brief swim) creates scarcity, which in turn leads to exceptional value possessed by the few people who endure it. The longer you endure the dip, the closer you are to success. Yet, most people who have found themselves in the dip give up before they can get out of it."

    Good for you for sticking with it! Now you are enjoying the fruits of your labor.

    May 21, 2019

    Very inspirational...and oh, so true! Thank you for posting.

    May 22, 2019

    This is so true and exactly my experience. I'm excited again as when I'm reading, it's now just one or two words that I need to look up per paragraph (of course, these are still elementary readers, not Goethe or anything too technical, but even those are easier).

    May 22, 2019

    I'm happy that you start reaping the fruits of your hard work! It also sounds that you try to immerse yourself as much as possible. Way to go!

    May 21, 2019

    Good for you, your hard work is paying off. :) I love Duolingo, but I also use other ways to learn German too. I talk to a native German speaker often (and she gives me compliments), I practice saying it to my kids, I read German books, and I watch tv shows on Netflix in German. I'm so surprised at how quickly I've caught onto it and hope to one day be fluent in German and English. :)

    May 23, 2019
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