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    Anyone who has ever learned a second or third language before knows that it can be a hugely rewarding experience (except learning German ;-)).

    Anyone who has ever learned or just learns German knows that it can also be a hugely frustrating experience. Unlike French, Spanish or Italian, when native English speakers try to tackle German they are confronted with a number of unique problems:

    • like the Germans love for stringing words together without spaces. It is not unusual for German words to consist of 4 to 6 seperate words being forcely shoved together. Words such as Rechtsschutzversicherungsgesellschaften,  which is the legal protection for insurance companies, Unabhängigkeitserklärung (declaration of independence),  Freundschaftsbezeigungen (Friendship demonstrations) or Waffenstillstandsunterhandlungen (this one you can find out yourself) often come into German tripping up anyone who is trying to stumble their way through the language. Mark Twain called those "alphabetic processions" curiosities in his essay "The Awful German Language". The Austrians invented with the Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaft (the Danube Steam Shipping Company) one of the longest curiosities. 

    • German seems to reverse any sentence construction in putting for example mostly verbs to the end which makes majesticely long sentences difficult to understand.

    • Additionally verbs ("Zeitwörter") are far too often splitted up in two, putting half of it at the beginning of an existing chapter and the other half at the end of it - not confusing enough?

    • Well, then you should take a look and memorize the German articles "der, die, das" and all their different appearances depending which one of the 4 German cases (Nominative, Dative, Genitive, Accusative) needs to be used. Every noun in german has a gender and therefore requires one of those 3 articles, and there is no sense or system in the distribution. A plant is female, its leves are neuter and its stem is male. You should think that there would be the same system with trees, grass or any other related terms, but there isn't!  A tree is male, its buds are female, its leaves are neuter; horses are sexless, dogs are male, cats are female. The only rule or system someone might identify is that there is none!

    Get yourself a translating app and dictionary for your cell for the first couple of months. Take notes of each single word, sentence you looked up and try to memorize those. 

    • Don't get me wrong, there are many rules. After all German has 4 cases and 6 tenses which  require tons of rules. But German is also full of exceptions!

    • Those learning German also have to deal with a slew of unknown sounds, genders and complicated grammar where you have to wait until the end of the sentence to find out what in the world you are actually talking about.

  • Take a German Class


    Since German tends to be more complex and confusing than many other languages, or at least many of the languages that native English speakers often try and tackle; it is one of the languages where studying on your own might not be a great idea. Of course the best step to learning any language is to immerse yourself in the language and move to a different country but of course that is not a feasible option for many people. Even if you could pack up and move to Vienna, with the amount of non-Germans, international students and expats, the decent level of well english speaking locals in Vienna the joke is that one is more likely to learn English in Vienna than German.

  • Be Pro-active and Learn German


    If you are going to try and learn German on your own, it is worth your time and money to try and find a class for a while at least.  If you live near a community college usually you can find a German class that is pretty good and doesn’t cost an unreasonable amount of money. You can also find German classes through your university - chek out our article in this step.

    You seriously should consider to apply and successfully finish 2 courses - in order for you to reach German level A2 -  as a starter. This can be helpful at least while getting a grasp on the beginnings of the German language. It is better to be a little bit slower in the beginning and take time to learn all of the rules in German before you move on and start learning on your own. There are a lot of rules in German and as Mark Twain pointed out, ”as soon as you think you have understood a rule, you find that there are in fact more exceptions to the rule than instances of it, many of which have to be memorized on their own."

    Feels Like Home is cooperating with several language schools. Contact us for more information, check out our discount section or book a class directly below.