My German classes are starting next week. I will be taking Level 4 but unfortunately, I can still hardly string a proper sentence in German. Listening to native speakers is a challenge but...I am going to persevere.
I know, it might not be as cool as learning Japanese or Korean. Yet, I am glad I am learning German as an extra language because :
1) when I see an object, I will quickly classified it as masculine, feminine or neutral. In German language, everything falls into those 3 categories.
So, a table is masculine, pig is neutral, a cup is feminine etc etc...
2) it makes me want to try & watch a German movie. I did watch 'Der Untergang' eventually.
It's a great movie about Hitler's downfall...but I gave up trying to make out what they are actually saying in German halfway through the movie. Reading the subtitles are so much easier.
3) when I order a burger at McDonald's, I knew that 'ich liebe es' written on the box means 'I'm lovin' it'
4) I found out that Deutschland is actually Germany, not Holland.
5) I discovered that some English words, such as kindergarten are borrowed from German.
6) I can spell using fancy alphabets like ü, ä, ö and ß
7) I will not starve to death if stranded in Germany, but what I eat will be limited by my vocabulary, meaning - bread, sausages, potatoes & onion soup.
8) I can pronounce Michael Ballack & Bastian Schweinsteiger's name correctly.
9) whenever I watch Project Runway (can't believe I actually admit it), I like hearing Heidi Klum bid farewell to the contestant using the German phrase 'auf Wiedersehen'
10) I can now curse in four different languages.