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

Why are you learning German?

I just thought it might be interesting to hear people's reasons for wanting to learn German. In my case, I am going to Munich for a week for a work trip in late October, and I want to at least be able to make a halting attempt to speak the language while I am there.

I also have some personal interest due to the fact that my Father was born in Munich (he came to the US when he was 7). I took a year of German in high school and hated it, and I never thought I'd want to pick it up again. Duolingo has made it fun for me to revisit the language.

June 10, 2014

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

Actually, I ask myself this rather frequently these days, especially after banging my head against the cases (yet again and after I thought I had it figured out!). No immediate plans to go to Germany or anyplace German speaking. My parents are english/irish.

But I seem to have some weird masochistic gene that makes learning German seem fun and exciting to me!

June 11, 2014

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

I have this same fascination for the German language too and by the way, do you know that there is going to a course on Irish in this website !?

June 12, 2014

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

Weird masochists blend in seamlessly with the natives :)

June 11, 2014

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

Bestrafe mich! Bestrafe mich!

(Rammstein song, sorry)

June 12, 2014

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

You can now read Nitche! Just kidding. No one can read Nitche.

June 11, 2014

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

Did you mean Nietzsche?

June 12, 2014

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

Perhaps "No one can spell Nietzsche" was what was meant? BtW, I'm no student of philosophy, but I vaguely recall that Nietzsche was more fun to read than Heiddegger.

June 12, 2014

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

I started reading "Also sprach Zarathustra" because I wanted to get some context on the many citations in the computer game "Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri" from 1999. Even for a native speaker this is heavy stuff but I liked it.

If you own a Kindle you can actually get Nietzsche (and all other German classics) for free on amazon.de: http://www.amazon.de/kostenlose-ebooks-kindle/b?node=594725031

June 12, 2014

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

Or you can read on Kindle cloud even without a Kindle device... Human, All Too Human is better in my opinion. Nietzsche is actually (relatively) readable compared to most other western philosophers (Chinese philosophers are great. They are actually fun to read. Short. poetic, elegant, esthetic, readable)...except for Zarathustra. This one is hard.

June 14, 2014

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

Oh, damn, yeah... Hebrew is much easier than both German and Engish... -_-

June 14, 2014

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

I like Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Svelte and poetic :) But to fully understand it, one has to learn Chinese...

June 14, 2014

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

:( When Chinese is coming to Duolingo?

June 14, 2014

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

Ich studiere Philosophie, und muss über Hegel und Kant lesen. Deutsch kann sehr hilfreich sein. Meine Frau arbeitete für ein Jahr in Österreich und unsere Tochter ist in Wien geboren. Ich bin zweimal in Wien gefahren, und mag die Stadt. Deshalb lerne ich Deutsch. PS, Deutsch ist eine interessante Sprache. Ich kann euch Die Schreckliche deutsche Sprache von Mark Twain sehr empfehlen.

June 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jopao06

It brings tears to my eye that I can understand half of your post ^-^

June 11, 2014

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

Hi, I don't know which half you were referring to... :) But I recommended a book by Mark Twain. It is called Die schreckliche deutsche Sprache, or The Awful German Language. Well, first of all, German is not an awful language... It is logical. It is interesting. It is challenging to a non native speaker, but not "schrecklich". I think this little book is more like a crash course on German grammar... written in a Mark Twain way...

June 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EllieJaneHart95

Es ist in Deutsch? Das ist für mich zu schwer :(

June 12, 2014

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

I bought the bilingual edition. I checked the publishing information and, it seems Mark Twain wrote it in English, and truth to tell, the book is much funnier in English. For example, Mr. Twain complained of the arbitrary gender assignment to the nouns and the "schrecklich" pronominal usage. The English text reads, "Where is the turnip?" "She has gone to the kitchen." To an English speaker, the use of "she" may sound a little strange, except when it is used in personification. But the German translation goes, "Wo ist die Rübe?" "Sie ist in der Küche." To a native German speaker, I guess the question and answer may sound quite normal.

June 13, 2014

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

Wenn man über kleine Fehler hinweg sieht, hast du aber schon ein sehr gutes Niveau mittlerweile erreicht :D Ich liebe Mark Twains Essay über die deutsche Sprache sehr ^^ Ich mag nur das Vorurteil nicht, dass man ALLES in der Sprache schreien muss :( Jede Sprache klingt aggressiv wenn man richtig schreit.

June 11, 2014

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

Genau denke ich oft... Warum muss man immer Deutsch schreien, nur um es "hässlich" zu nennen...

June 11, 2014

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

WAS REDEST DU, NIEMAND SCHREIT HIER! DEUTSCH WIRD SO GESPROCHEN, HÖR AUF ZU FLÜSTERN!

June 12, 2014

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

ICH FLÜSTER NICHT, GEH LIEBER MAL ZUM OHRENARZT, DU HÖRST WOHL SCHLECHT :)

June 12, 2014

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

Einverstanden. Ich glaube, dass "schrecklich" hier bittersüß bedeutet. Nachdem man eine Fremdsprache gut gelernt hat, wird alles schön, aber der Prozeß (vielleicht ein paar Jahre oder länger) kann Sorge machen, Dativ oder Akkusativ? Reflexiv oder nicht? Mit Umlaut oder ohne die zwei hübschen Punkte... Keine Sprache ist schrecklich. "Ein bisschen Bildung macht die ganze Welt verwandt." :)

June 12, 2014

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

Du hast bereits ein richtig gutes Niveau erreicht. Weiter so! Ich berichtige kurz die Fehler:

  • "Ich studiere Philosophie und muss (etwas über) Hegel und Kant lesen. Das Komma vor "und" muss weg (ist eine alte deutsche Regel und im Englischen wird das als "Oxfordkomma" bereichnet; macht im Deutschen heute eigentlich keiner mehr!) und entweder liest man etwas über Hegel oder man liest Hegel. Nur das Wort "über" passt hier nicht gut.
  • "Deutsch kann sehr hilfreich sein." Alles richtig =)
  • Meine Frau arbeitete für ein Jahr in Österreich und unsere Tochter ist in Wien geboren. Alles richtig =)
  • Ich bin zweimal nach Wien gefahren und mag die Stadt. "nach" statt "in" und das Komma vor "und" muss weg.
  • Deshalb lerne ich Deutsch. Alles richtig! =)
  • PS.: Deutsch ist eine interessante Sprache. Ich kann euch "Die schreckliche deutsche Sprache" von Mark Twain sehr empfehlen." "schreckliche" klein, da Adjektiv; der Rest ist richtig! Weiter so!
June 14, 2014

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

Danke schön :) Ich dachte, dass das Komma wie in Englischen benutzt wird. Jetzt verstehe ich. Vielen Dank!

June 14, 2014

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

Ich bin nur Wien geflogen. Das zweite Mal. Es ist eine besondere schöne Stadt, aber nichts im Vergleich zu Salzburg.

June 12, 2014

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

Ich habe das verstanden. :')

July 18, 2015

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

I need it to survive ;)

I got this crazy idea of moving to Germany in 2012 and now I'm here.

Lot of people here that work in companies that use English as a working language and never really bother to learn German past the basics. For me it was from the beginning very important that I use German everywhere. Only when I hit a total dead end, I allow me then to use some words of English. Still remember my first visit to a pharmacy, or to a doctor or the tax office etc. and how damn good I felt afterwards, for not needing any word of English, even though my German was horrible back then. Since September I haven't really needed English anywhere.

Maybe thanks to these nice experiences I'm just hooked ;)

Now I'll start to study here in October. I will be, as far as I know, the only non-German they took in, so it will be interesting and will do wonders for my German in the long run. One "problem" that I have is that I have many foreigners as friends and I'm usually the one with the highest level in German. So I can correct their mistakes, but rarely the other way around. Have a feeling that I hit a standstill because of that. Need more challenges :)

That is also one reason why I hang out here so much. People often have good questions that make me think about the language in another way or find out totally new aspects and I will learn something new too, even though the question would be a rather basic one.

June 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoseAMarti2

Same here.

I moved to Germany back in 2011. I haven't used it a lot, since I work in English and I live in a very international environment, so everybody in the end talks in English.

June 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pos792001

Both sides of my family are German. The bombing during WW2 caused my grandmother's brother to fall from a window and perish. My grandmother and her surviving siblings came to America when she was 17. There she met my grandfather who was in the National Guard and were married. Fast forward to me, she looked after me alot while i was growing up and would teach me German words. After I graduated high school, I went into the Army. I ended up living in Germany for a year. I loved it but never really learned the language. Now my grandmother who taught me of the beauty of Germany is ill of health and I am trying to learn as much German as I can so I can hold a conversation with her in her native tongue before she passes. I will then like to travel to Germany to visit the remainder of my family who still reside there.

June 11, 2014

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

Coming from Australia, there is unfortunately little emphasis on learning a second language during school (it is often taught poorly too). I think this is a great way to stretch the grey matter and challenge yourself. It is probably one of the more comprehensible sounding languages, as each word is spoken often clearly and firmly, where as other languages can often sound like one continuous word when listening to a native (i.e. Spanish!)

June 11, 2014

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

I can't say anything about German as it's my native language. But I have always felt that Spanish is pronounced rather clearly. Almost as clearly as standard Italian, Hungarian or Mandarin. But this may depend on the region, and of course for local dialects it's often quite different. There are languages that need a lot of getting used to before you can even understand sentences consisting entirely of words you know. These include French, Catalan and Portuguese.

June 11, 2014

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

That is very true. I am Portuguese and we do the same melting of all the words together which I borrowed then to German, after hearing more then I realized I had that wrong.

June 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Scheffler428

I was raised a German, by my mother. Apparently as a child, I never liked to speak it. Somehow at age one I preferred English so my mother never spoke German to me. I have family visit from Germany and I always heard my mother speaking it. About four years ago, I couldn't take it anymore. Very upset with myself for not starting earlier, but now I can hold very basic conversations with family. I've always been German at heart, now it's time for me to speak it. It's the worst feeling when you need a translator to decipher every sentence. Either way, thanks Duolingo and the Duolingo community. Couldn't be happier now.

June 11, 2014

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

I have been fascinated with the language since I was 11, now I'm almost 13. I also plan on studying abroad in Germany. I guess I have a thing for Germanic languages(:

June 11, 2014

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

Wish I had internet when I was a kid :(

June 11, 2014

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

I'm learning another language because being a typical monoglot Brit is embarrassing. I've been in a few rooms where nobody would be speaking English if I wasn't there.

I'm learning German for convenience. I studied it at school so I have a head start, learning materials are super easy to find, and I know a few people who can speak German well, so I can bug them for help and practice.

June 11, 2014

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

To increase effectiveness rate when hitting on german girls... NOOOOT!! hahahaha

I'm learning just for fun.

June 11, 2014

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

You'd laugh (or hate me?) but I want to know what Hitler really says in these Hitler parodies... :D I don't know, I like the language, I like the sound, a Jewish cannot just ignore it, we and this language have this unresolved karma, lots of questions and desire to understand this feared from yet mysterious thing. They say one is curious about what one fears from. I think it must be partially true. These things are of special interest for you, to understand it, for the light and dark sides.

June 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/S0S_90

If you mean by Hitler parodies for example "The Great Dictator" by Charlie Chaplin it isn't real German what he's saying in his speeches. I guess that's true for a lot of other parodies too as it's just funny to hear someone speaking like him even if he doesn't say anything of meaning.

P.S.: I'm native German and when I see original films with Hitler holding a speech I also don't understand much because he's mostly shouting around and the sound quality was quite bad at the time... so the parodies are really great because it's so real...

June 15, 2014

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

I am Dutch, but I did my high school years abroad. All my siblings did high school in the Netherlands and thus learned German (you learn German in Dutch high schools), so I felt like I was missing something! Same reason applies for French.

Besides, it's a cool language and not super hard for me to learn as someone who speaks both Dutch and English well, so why not grab it if I can? Especially since Duo makes it so easy to get started :)

June 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DrEvans333

I am trilingual (English, French, Spanish) but I also know some Dutch as well. I find German very interesting and want to learn it. I think knowing the Dutch I know will help with German. After German, I plan to finish up Dutch, since Duolingo is almost ready to make the Dutch available. Very excited!

June 12, 2014

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

I recently finished the German tree but I don't feel quite quadrilingual yet, Duolingo was great to teach me the fundamentals but I haven't really passed that (hard to define) "tipping point" when a language truly starts to feel natural to you and you have a firm grip on the grammar and vocab. Going to be reading a lot of books, watching a lot of movies, and listening to a lot of music in German to make up for that.

June 13, 2014

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

I think the real question should be: "Why are you not learning German?". Warum lerne ich deutsch? Denn es ist sehr kühl!

June 11, 2014

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

The correct German word for cool when used in this sense is, of course, cool. Although some people (a tiny minority) spell it kuhl (not kühl, which is only cool in the original sense).

June 11, 2014

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

Ah, right. I like kuhl.

June 11, 2014

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

My family comes from Germany but after the Holocaust, they all came to Israel. A few years ago,my dad went on a business trip to Berlin and after coming back he told us what a powerful experience it was, to see life go on in a place that we had previously, and rather unconsciously, depicted as frozen in time. After that I began wondering about going there myself, picking up the pieces that my grandparents had dropped and establishing the memory of our lost family members, even for a little while. Now I'm studying German weekly with a private teacher (my school doesn't offer it) but with all the studying I have I found myself forgetting my German quickly, so I started using Duolingo, which is an amazing tool for quick refreshments of the language.

Also food.

June 12, 2014

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    I thought about this question more today, and there are tons of reasons why I'm learning this language.

    1. I like the language.

    In another thread, they asked what do you like about the German language. Here was my response:

    First of all, the language is very complex. The structure of the sentences and the words are very different from what I've known until now.

    Simple sentences, that people use every day, have strong meanings. Examples:

    Es tut mir leid. - literal translation: it does me sorrow/harm/grief/suffering

    Well, you just bumped into a person on the street. "Es tut mir leid". Such a casual thing happened, and you say "it causes me to suffer".

    Ich habe keine Lust - literal translation: I have no lust/will

    You don't want to practice soccer today. "Ich habe keine Lust". You just don't feel like playing soccer, why are you exaggerating and saying "i have no lust"?

    Also, there are many expressions and words in English borrowed from German. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_German_expressions_in_English. I really like them, and there is a reason so many words are borrowed from German.

    Finally, I really love the sound of the language. Its harsh, guttural sounds... I just love it!

    2. Many philosophers, scientists, and writers wrote their books/papers/theories in this language.

    There are so many books that I want to read that were originally in German. Books by famous philosophers (Nietzsche, Marx, etc), writers (Kafka, Grimm Brothers) and scientists (Einstein, Freud, etc.). I think reading them in the original language is much better, because it shows the writer's original intent. Kafka, for example, wrote his book in such a way that cannot be translated to English. Only reading it in the original language you will get his purpose. Also, translators are not always that good, and they sometimes add/delete some parts of the books.

    3. Music

    I'm interested in music (as in, I want study music in the university). So many famous musicians, who composed complicated pieces of music, are from Germany/Austria. I'm not particularly interested in classical music, but I think it's important to study it if you want to learn the more complicated parts, like music theory and such. The lyrics and the names of these pieces are in German, and that's another reason to learn the language.

    There's also some modern German music that I like, like Rammstein. I've heard that what they say is horrible or whatever, but this just makes me even more curious!

    4. History and our past

    I'm also interested in history (but I don't want to study it in the university, it's just interesting). I know that this isn't a reason, but watching all those films about WW2 and the Holocaust just makes me really want to understand what they're saying. Also what @RakefetCohen said:

    a Jewish cannot just ignore it, we and this language have this unresolved karma, lots of questions and desire to understand this feared from yet mysterious thing. They say one is curious about what one fears from. I think it must be partially true. These things are of special interest for you, to understand it, for the light and dark sides.

    5. Culture

    What can I say, I love the Deutche Kultur! WURST! BIER! OKTOBERFEST! CASTLES! What can you not love about it?

    WURST!

    Duo

    BIER UND OKTOBERFEST!!!

    Duo

    CASTLES!!!

    Duo

    I'm don't have any plans to travel to Germany right now, so that's not one of my reasons, sadly :( I also don't have any family from there.

    I hope I gave you enough reasons, that are not just "I'm going there" or "i was born there" or whatever. There are so many more reasons than just that!

    June 12, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lisa4duolingo

    I know you wrote the post above a while ago, redarkblade, but I have something to add to it despite the length of time that has passed. I recently went through a batch of discussions about the different uses for "Entschuldigung" and its various forms and "Tut mir leid," and came away with the impression that you would use "Entschuldigung" in the situation you described above, not "Tut mir leid." Perhaps the best of these responses I read was one from vasil.stozchev:

    I will give you an example: When you are talking to a friend and he says "my girlfriend dumped me" you would say "Es tut mir leid" (expressing sorrow - It is not your fault but you feel sorry about it). If you are at your friends house and you've broken a glass of water then you say "Entschuldigung" (implying that it is your fault and you are sorry). You can use: - "Entschuldigung" in situation where it is your fault (or at least partly) or you want to apologize (as replacement to "Excuse me"). - "Es tut mir leid" in situation where it is not your fault or you feel sorry about what happened.

    The discussion above came from "No, I am sorry!"

    The confusing part about all of this, to include duolingo's translation of "Nein, Entschuldigung!" is that "I'm sorry," and "Excuse me," are used so interchangeably in English that they mean virtually the same thing. I don't think the same is true for "Entschuldigung" and "Tut mir leid." And perhaps that is precisely why duolingo gave such a translation to "Nein, Entschuldigung," -- to point out that translation into one language and back again doesn't always mean the same thing.

    I see now that you are a Level 20 in German (Glückwunsch!) so you may have already learned about this aspect of German or perhaps you even disagree, but at the very least I felt I should share with you what I have learned about these two phrases.

    Whether you agree with what others have to say about "Entschuldigung" and "Tut mir leid," thank you for taking the time to respond to this post about why you are learning German. I am certain many enjoyed reading it.

    April 2, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lewisjcranston16

    It's a hobby and for later life, also to read Tintin in it! :) Mein Onkel spricht Deutsch auch, er spricht fünf sprachen! Schottisch Gälisch, Englisch, Deutsch, Französisch und Kroatisch! ;) aber, jetzt spreche ich fließend English, Norwegisch und B2 Deutsch, ich lerne Spanisch! Warum lerne ich spanisch? Ich habe keine Ahnung! :)

    June 11, 2014

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

    I want to live and work in Germany. My brother lives there and he seems be very happy there. I'm so bad at learning languages. I'm bearly writing in english ;( but i want to learn and maybe someday i will speak in German. Some of you have so much day streaks, i am impressed :)

    June 11, 2014

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

    Inspired by the German heritage on my father's side, I tried teaching myself German years ago when i was in high school. My school only offered Spanish or French so i took 2 years of Spanish as required. I still like Spanish, and probably due to the classroom setting i feel more confident in my limited Spanish ability than i do in my German. Most of the people i know speak Spanish as either their first or second language so it would be a lot more practical for me (not to mention easier to practice), so I'm slowly learning that through Duo.

    BUT, German is where my heart is. There's just something about the way the language sounds and flows that i love. Plus even though it's uncommon where i live and that makes practicing almost impossible as I don't know any other speakers, it's been a long time goal of mine and Duo is the best tool i've found outside of a classroom for learning a language.

    I look forward to learning German in college and visiting Germany someday. That said, I'm not complaining when i say that for now it looks like it's just you, me, and Duo.

    June 12, 2014

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

    I use to live in Germany when I was in high school, my dad was in the army. The army made sure that American's coming to Germany took a week course on culture and learn basics of the language, like how to count, say hello, thank you etc. Living in Germany I picked up quite a bit of German and I started to really like the language. Then I moved back to the states and, obviously, forgot a lot of the language. I wasn't even looking to learn German when I found duolingo but I saw that it had German so I said why not relearn and learn more German? So I am now and I still love the language.

    June 10, 2014

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

    I'm a native spanish speaker and the world is becoming smaller and smaller and many information is available everyday. I learned english because I feel that with globalization everybody must speak it and what would be next? well germany is the most solid economy in europe and is growing its economic, tecnologic and cultural influency in the world. I want to be ahead!!!

    June 11, 2014

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

    It might be silly, but I feel like it somehow wants to be learned, and has followed me everywhere, not giving me any choice :o

    I got born in a city whose lingo is full of German loanwords, my elementary school (and I think it was probably the only one in the whole city) made it compulsory to learn German, my cousin who was born and raised in Germany made the effort to learn MY language (Croatian) when we were kids, and made me embarrassed by inquiring why I don't try to speak her language as well, I got enrolled in German instead of Spanish in highschool because of a mistake, but stayed there because I really liked the people in my class and didn't want to get separated from them. Being forced to dry lessons made me hate the language, though.

    Then I went to college, and became really good friends with a girl who loved it and ended up being a German interpreter in Luxembourg. I started singing in a choir that had a big fan base in Germany and Austria, and ended up going there for concerts several times a year. I discovered I felt at ease in both countries. I had another couple good friends move there, befriended some locals. I visited, spent time hanging around, and finally being cured of the school system traumas, discovered that I really liked the sound of the language, so I started re-learning it from a fresh perspective. Couple of shy sentences (that were understood! sometimes even correct! :D) thrown in here or there talking to German speakers gave me some confidence to continue.

    At the moment, my main goal is progressing to a "conversational" level so I could hold conversations with my German cousin and friends/guildies in our usual online calls, but in the future, I plan to travel a lot more, and would like to spend at least half a year living and working somewhere in Germany, Heidelberg being the most likely candidate. Thinking of how German is slowly transforming from a language I hated and couldn't use to a language I'm drawn to and can get by around with (and know will eventually feel comfortable with), makes it feel a bit like magic :)

    June 12, 2014

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

    My reasoning is a bit weird, but I think my initial motivation is that I was absolutely enthalled by the film 'Rush' and its interpretation of Niki Lauda. They have scenes spoken purely in German, with subtitles hardcoded into the footage, but at some point I decided I would like to one day watch those scenes and understand what they're saying without one glimpse at the subtitles. Also the thought of learning another language is strangely liberating, especially as I was always convinced I would never have that ability. After three torturous years of French and being unable to say more than my name, a few colours, numbers, and animals by the end of it, I was put off learning a language for years until I dabbled every so slightly in Spanish (cause I was visiting yearly) and then suddenly I had this overwhelming urge to learn German. Now I'd love to learn it to at least a comfortable conversation-level as I'd like to visit Austria, and also do a Uni semester in Germany should the opportunity arise.

    June 15, 2014

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

    In early to late july I'm going to Germany to stay in Berlin with my aunt, uncle and two young cousins, I"m learning so I can speak at least some German with them, no matter how basic. And to be able to at least try to speak with other Germans I meet.

    June 10, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/turamber069

    Warum nicht?

    I took a year long course at uni several years ago. I wanted to go to Germany as I had become friends with some exchange students at my highschool.

    I also have some German heritage on my mothers side in the order of 25%.

    June 11, 2014

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

    Where I'm from they make you learn a 3rd language once you hit the 8th grade, and I picked German because I thought my mom (who lived in Germany for a year) would help me. Let's just say that didn't work out how I thought I would, but now, after 5 years of German classes, I don't regret it at all :)

    June 11, 2014

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

    Where are you from? :O

    June 11, 2014

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

    I'm from Norway!

    June 11, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lewisjcranston16

    Hei! Jeg kommer fra Skottland, men jeg snakker norsk!

    June 11, 2014

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

    Hallo! Hvordan lærte du deg norsk?

    June 11, 2014

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

    I live in Switzerland, in the French-speaking part. Many jobs here ask for German as well as English and French so I decided to learn. I have almost finished the German tree so I am not sure what I will do afterwards to continue to improve my German.

    June 11, 2014

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

    Get em golden :-) That's my task now

    June 12, 2014

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

    I am reviewing German by Duolingo because I learned two years ago and I want to go back classes, but I need to remember the basic again. I learn German because I admire the german culture.

    June 11, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SDL_1987

    Ich spreche Deutsch es eine der drei offiziëlen Landessprachen des Belgiens ist. Und ich lebe nicht weit von Deutschland (circa 10 km).

    In Belgien ist Sprachen lernen immer wichtig. Da ich 16 Jahre alt war, wurde ich drei Fremdsprachen gelernt: Englisch, Deutsch und Französisch. Flämisch (Niederländisch in Belgien) und Limburgisch (ein Dialekt = mix zwischen Niederländisch und Deutsch) sind meine ersten Sprachen.

    June 11, 2014

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

    I have always been fascinated by Germany's history and culture, and I suppose language just naturally follows that path. Also love music and film from Germany, alongside a strong love of Japanese history, language, and culture (not sure why ...) Immediately, the similarities between German and English jump out at me. Also looking to work in Asia and possibly relocate from the United States, but am open to Germany as well.

    And of course, a love of languages.

    June 11, 2014

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

    I want to study Architecture in Switzerland !!

    June 12, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-Katrina.-

    I have a friend who's a native speaker (who also speaks English), so it's cool for me to be able to talk to them a little in German! :)

    June 12, 2014

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

    I'm learning it because it's my heritage on my father's side. I have fond memories of it when I was little. It will always be my "first" second language. I was discouraged from learning it as a youth, not only because of the grammatical difficulties, but because of prejudices associated with Germany and its history. How does a twelve year old cope with being called a Nazi? :( I'm so thankful for Duolingo and for a husband I can study the language with now!

    June 11, 2014

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

    It's terrible if in addition to having a holocaust, we'd also deny ourselves a good culture and important knowledge just because of stupidity. My Philosophy teacher said Niche would probably be an anti Nazi. So does Brecht. Had pretty awesome culture that shouldn't be ruined by one idiot and a mob.

    June 11, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/H0rsefeathers

    german is love german is life

    June 11, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RhysJohnson92

    I was born in Germany and people think I'm German anyway (my dad was in the Army, technically I was born on "English soil") so why not roll with it :-)

    I watch a lot of German football, enjoy the way the language sounds and wouldn't mind going visiting Germany as often as I can, although trying to remember cases (and other bits of vocab) are immensely frustrating.

    June 11, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RhysJohnson92

    I also wasn't too bad at German in high school, but dropped it at GCSE level as I didn't think I'd need it (as in another language in general). Probably the one thing I regret most about high school.

    June 11, 2014

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

    Because I live in The Netherlands, which borders Germany.

    June 11, 2014

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

    Netherland is cool. I have a friend there :)

    June 11, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DrEvans333

    hallo. Ik heb vrienden die in Beers, Nederland wonen.

    June 12, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elh913

    I am learning German because, since my husband is a German history professor, we are going to be living in Berlin from June 15 through January 10, for his research. We were there for a few months in 2006 and 4.5 months in 2008--both times I took beginning German (3 hours every weekday); so I'm using Duolingo to get back to at least my 2008 level before we get there--and now that I"m addicted, I'll finish the tree!

    June 11, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zackinator97

    I'm learning because of my prdominantly German heritage ( the other part being Italian which i plan on learning later) also i hopefully plan to visit Germany some day

    June 11, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elaine825

    I speak fluent German but, as I've never lived there, my grammar is awful and I hope that here I can improve it.

    June 11, 2014

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

    I am absolutely fascinated with the language, and I think it has an amazing sound to it. Plus, I basically exclusively listen to German music.

    June 11, 2014

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

    I thought I could speak German and tested out at level 5, so I figured I ought to.

    June 11, 2014

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

    i live in Brazil and speak fluent Portuguese but i only got a 6, thats funny because my German says level four and all I can talk about is the Apfel and who is eating it

    June 14, 2014

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

    I'm going to Germany in August and i'm in a race against time to finish my tree ! I studied German in school but never really applied myself. Thank you Duolingo for making learning languages so much fun !

    June 11, 2014

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

    German just clicked for me when I was learning it in school, and I always wanted to learn it. Learning a language is a life goal. Ten years after leaving school I've finally started to do it seriously. In addition to this app I've bought ten learning books -Overkill?. And of course I watch German TV and listen to German music. I love many aspects of the culture, which helps. Above all I'm having a lot of fun - even though it can be very difficult and frustrating at times!

    June 11, 2014

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

    I just like the country and music from there, that's it really.

    June 11, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wicus1

    I'm from South Africa, I'm English and Afrikaans i can also speak Dutch due to my Afrikaans they very closely related. I got many German friends here and plus I'm going to Germany in August/September. I get very involved with the German community here, that's why I'm learning German :D

    June 12, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EllieJaneHart95

    I've lived in the UK for my entire life, I decided to move to Germany with the organisation I work for. So I move in 4 weeks and I'm terrified! I started learning it because my team mate at work is from Germany (Our organisation has a lot of locations from the USA, Europe to India and more - We move between them often) and I really just wanted to speak German.... to communicate in another language sounded epic. So here I am. Liebe Grüße!

    June 12, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/c-EA1

    My mother's from Germany, and for a long time she spoke German with me (when my father wasn't around) and enrolled me in a German language school I spent the better part of my childhood Saturday mornings attending. Being a kid who wanted nothing more than to have fun with her non-Germanophile friends on Saturdays, and one who wasn't even speaking German regularly anymore (a little sister came along and Mom was too lazy), I used us moving somewhere that would make getting to and from my German school a pain as an excuse to stop going. I later regretted that, when I realized as a teenager that I loved learning languages.

    In short, German holds personal weight for me, and I like to learn languages. Already having experience in this one, I began here. I do like German, even if I also like yelling about how little I like it.

    June 12, 2014

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

    I read Benny Lewis' book Fluent in Three Months and thought, why not? I let my best friend pick a language without telling him why, then bet him $500 (it was originally $100 but we kept upping the stakes) that I could learn it before the next school term :D

    June 12, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/badtothebone124

    I am learning German because it is the third language here in Puebla behind Spanish and English as there is a gigantic Volkswagen factory in town. Also an Audi factory is being constructed just out of town that should be completed by 2016. I want to work for them so I am learning German.

    June 13, 2014

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

    because i love the language c: and i also listen to alot of music with german lyrics and its hard to understand it, so im learning german to make it a little easier

    June 13, 2014

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

    Ich will Deutsch lernen weil meine Verlobte spricht Deutsch. Sie hat in Österreich gewohnt.

    June 13, 2014

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

    To get in touch with my long-lost bloodline. It's also really interesting and fun in my opinion.

    June 13, 2014

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

    I wanted to learn german before, but I moved recently to Switzerland and I have no idea what they are saying. Neither do german people - ahahahha

    June 13, 2014

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

    By the way, to those who think German difficult: If you really wanna break your head learning declension (those endings of nouns and adjectives that depend on the case of the noun, etc.), try Russian or any other Slavonic language :)

    June 18, 2014

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

    I am from Perú, and I have a metal band. We will be touring over Germany next year so it would be great to learn German. Duolingo is making the learning fun and easy.

    June 21, 2014

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

    wow you will be traveling very very far then o.o

    June 21, 2014

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

    And I hope to travel even further :)

    June 21, 2014

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

    I wish you good luck / viel Glück !

    June 21, 2014

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

    I don't think you can truly understand a culture, its habits, opinions and worldview without learning the language. Plus its a great way to break the ice :)

    November 29, 2014

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

    I still need to think about it. But probably is because I wanted to learn another language and I didn't want to lean another latin language. Where I am from, you learn three languages at school, Catalan, Spanish and English (Even not a really good English) and we can choose one or two extra languages (normally French or German). I didn't pick any and I regret it, so nowadays I'm trying to correct my mistakes. Also, it is really important to speak a fourth language nowadays in Catalonia, it makes you increase your chances to get a job. Besides destroying barriers to work abroad :)

    and of course, I love the accuracy and the clarity of German :D

    June 11, 2014

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

    When I can afford to, I want to holiday in Germany and do a tour of all those amazing castles they've got. Castles are awesome, but I can't just visit Ludlow and Kenilworth (my favourites in the UK) over and over and over forever so I thought I'd try some in Germany. Also, some of the academic articles I want to read about certain ancient Greek sites are in German, such as some of those about the Kerameikos (ceramic district) in Athens, which the German Archaeological Institute excavates.

    June 11, 2014

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

    Just for fun :). I've studied English and Japanese before, and I wanted to learn another language, that "felt" more difficult than the others :P lol. I also been studying French at Duo. I don't know, I really like languages, even when I didn't study any career related to them :B.

    June 11, 2014

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

    I am learning it at school. I love the language because I think it's very logical, and having visited Germany twice, I love the country and its culture. I hope to become fluent one day!

    June 11, 2014

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

    When I am older I want to be a private translator and be fluent in Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, and German. I thought i would have to wait for college to learn german but on here its easy and fun!

    June 11, 2014

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

    I'm not, I'm learning Spanish :)

    June 11, 2014

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

    You don't know, what you're missing ;)

    June 11, 2014

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

    Syan ist richtig.

    June 14, 2014

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

    I'm learning German because most of family are in Germany and Belgium so whenever we would go there we would always feel awkwardly out although both my parents speak it

    June 12, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nnaruto25

    Just where I'm starting. I like the language and think that people exaggerate how it sounds. Just waiting for that Polish course to finish -.-

    June 12, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nnaruto25

    On top of that, I managed to have a conversation with a German traveler just with a few lessons in and I got hooked -.-

    June 12, 2014

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

    Ich yuuscht will Deitsch un Hochdeutsch lanne! Si aa sin so schee for mich, sell iss aa en reason for mich lanne Hochdeutsch un Pennsilfaanisch Deitsch! Ich bin en Pennsilfaanisch Deitsch Bu, wu yuuscht weess en Bissel Deitsch. Alle Deitsch Menner kenne wie Hochdeutsch schwetze, awwer ich weesse net, so ich will Hochdeutsch lanne. I am Pennsylvania German and have learned a lot of the PA Deitsch language, and a lot of people who speak PA Deitsch also speak Hochdeutsch since they are so close and one is so much more useful than the other. Also, Hochdeutsch I can learn in school.

    June 12, 2014

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

    Hallo, I'm learning, becauseI work with a German Man and I love to learn everything that I can. I have the chance to learn from my boss. Also, I'm a Spanish Teacher for Foreign students; a lot of them come from Germany.

    June 12, 2014

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

    Nothing special for me studying Deutsch for job ^_^

    June 12, 2014

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

    To be honest, I'm not very ambitious with my German. I just want to be able to read it without too much difficulty, and to speak it a little. I just figured, since I'm Dutch, I should at least have some skill at German, considering both its linguistic and its geographic proximity to Dutch and the Netherlands. It's useful to be able to speak to your neighbours. :)

    June 12, 2014

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

    That's pretty much exactly what motivated me initially to learn Dutch, using the English course for Dutch speakers, which seems surprisingly effective as a Dutch course for German speakers.

    But then someone on Duolingo mentioned Drs P (Veerpont! Dodenrit!), and now it looks like I am really going to have a love affair with the language. If only there was a way to get old episodes of Eén van de acht...

    June 12, 2014

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

    Oh wow, I love Drs. P too! My elementary school music teacher actually made us sing 'De Gezusters Karamazov'. In hindsight, a song about two sisters killing each other over inherited clothes was pretty grim stuff for 10-year olds, but we didn't really think about it like that at the time. :P

    June 12, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bajanbacca2

    I just want to

    June 12, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andresc-g

    Here is my reason: I love languages hard to pronounce, that is why I learnt hebrew, I don't know why but those kind of "not common" words are easier for me to remember.

    June 12, 2014

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

    Your 131 day streak deserves congratulations. Kudos to you.

    June 14, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andresc-g

    Thanks buddy, for me even if is just a minute in Duolingo worthwhile, but you should do it everyday.

    June 14, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LAS14

    I'm on summer break, and i'm bored

    June 12, 2014

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

    That's a good one!

    June 14, 2014

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

    My mother tounge is German, but I have lived in an English speaking environment since 1995 and I'm starting to loose my fluency in German. Duolingo gives me an opportunity to keep German fresh in my mind.

    June 12, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shaina2126

    I lived my childhood in Germany. Then i moved away and sadly lost touch with it :( I miss my childhood and for old time's sake and for a sense of achievement, i decided to take it up again! And its been going well so far! :D

    June 12, 2014

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

    I moved to Austria to live with my boyfriend, because living in Ireland with my family was unbearable

    June 12, 2014

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

    I started last year but i stopped and i ll start again now.I learn German firstly because i want it and i like this language.I was studying at school but after we stopped unfortunately.Also in the world that we live one more language is only for the best not for worst

    June 12, 2014

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

    My family and I moved... not to another country but just in a different place, the school I attended for the past 9 years was a Spanish school (I mean, it was actually a Spanish man ho founded it) and we also learned English. It took about 2 hours for the bus to get there, and my grades were going under. My parents thought it was a good idea that, as we were going to move, I should get to study in a school near home; so, inside my colony there is a German school (Not founded by any Deutsch as far as I know) and they may not take math or science in another language (than Spanish) but we do get a German class. In this school, they start learning German when they are about... 2 or 3 years old, but, how am I supposed to understand if I am a freshmen with no previous acknowledge of the German language? So while I was in the school's adaptation course (I don't know if it may exist everywhere) the teacher told me to start with Duolingo. So if I ever get to understand everything and speak correctly, I want to go to Germany to study ^_^

    June 12, 2014

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

    I'll be living in Berlin for three months early next year. Thought it would be useful to speak the language lol.

    June 12, 2014

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

    I hope to travel to Germany again some day. My family and I went when I was 7 and I picked up what some nouns meant, but we only stayed for 2 weeks and I regret not trying to learn the language when I was younger. Because I was so young at the time, I feel like I didn't fully appreciate the trip, which is one of my biggest regrets because it was such a cool experience. We went to a lot of castles (Neuschwanstein was really cool!), and visted different places to get a feel for what a large city felt like compared to a smaller area, or a university town like Tubingen. It was a lot of fun, but I really want to go again now that I'm older. It might also be nice to study abroad my senior year of college.

    June 13, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sam.Sch

    I want to learn to speak German because I want to live there soon, and so I can understand Rammstein's lyrics haha

    June 13, 2014

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

    I've wanted to learn German for a while because quite a large part of my family are German although, we don't have much contact. My German grandmother passed away when I was younger and I'm sure if she was still alive now I would have a good understanding of the language. I struggled with it in school and preferred French but now I'm enjoying learning it on my terms.

    June 13, 2014

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

    I'm actually re-learning and building upon what I learned in school. I was part of the unfortunate class in my high school who learned on the last day of their Junior year that there would be no more Honors German starting the following year (which I was looking forward to being in). So, I lost a year of German my senior year, plus another 2 in college. Therefore, when I learned my best friend was learning German (primarily so she could understand the random phrases I yelled at her when I was bored), I decided to go back and review.

    I also have German ancestors, and a German surname, so I originally took it in school so I could learn more about the country my family originated from generations ago. I had so much fun with it, though, that I probably would have taken it in high school, even if I had been 100% English. : P

    June 14, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wb416

    Was in Frankfurt for 1.5 days in May, and will be there again for a week in September. Would like to show my respects to my German co-workers and hosts by attempting to communicate in their native tongue.

    Also, there is a lot of German heritage and ancestry in Cincinnati.

    June 14, 2014

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

    Reasons: Bucket list includes another language with some fluency besides mother tongue; would like to spend extended time there again, but this time with some German fluency; wife worked there five years and learned the language - would like to speak it with her (good times).

    June 14, 2014

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

    I took 7 years of German with my German grandma with my cousins. I went to public school (rather than homeschool) this year, therefore she couldn't teach me. I just decided to dust off my German.

    June 14, 2014

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

    I'm learning it for fun. What fun capitalized nouns are! (I'm being serious here.)

    June 15, 2014

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

    I love learning languages. It's my passion. I had German at school as my second foreign language. I do like how German sounds. Not, it's not harsh, it's sexy and powerful. I wish I could speak and think my other foreign languages as easily as English, but that's 20 years' practice! And still not enough((

    June 17, 2014

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

    It was just the most interesting of the 5 or 6 languages available at the time.

    June 18, 2014

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

    I'm learning German because I think that it is a very interesting and beautiful language. Because of one of my favorite German bands, Rammstein, I thought that learning German would be a neat experience and I think that it would help me if I ever go to Germany or a German-speaking area. Along with that, I have a goal to learn some of the languages that my ancestors from other countries spoke as I don't know any living family members from other countries (though one of my cousins was adopted from Russia). In the future I plan on taking a trip to Germany or residing there for a short amount of time.

    December 1, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rajabrahon12

    I am learning German because I want to study abroad to Germany !!!! German is the most spoken in Europe, too !! Also, I want to live in Germany !

    September 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stuart503824

    I voted remain in the UK referendum, now I am seeing the economy here suffer from the overall leave vote, falling living standards, a rise in overt racism and a divided country. I'm trying to learn enough Dutch and German to be able to function if I find work opportunities outside the UK.

    December 1, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nell.f.k

    to escape England whilst i can! planning on going to uni in Germany too because it's more affordable there

    October 22, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/farema7

    Because there is an old game called 'Clonk Rage'. And its additions is only available in German!!

    December 25, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KATHERINES673241

    My adult son has lived in Austria for the past ten years. Some day I might have German speaking grand children.

    May 2, 2019
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