I could just as easily have titled this post: “Five reasons to torture yourself”, “Five reasons to put yourself through the mill” or “Five reasons to subject yourself to untold suffering”.
In reality, of course, I love the German language with a passion. All the same, I recognise that this passion involves long periods of struggle and frustration as well as brief moments of pleasure.
1 Learning German shows that you have guts.
German is a grammatical minefield. By learning it and not giving up, you prove your courage, your stamina and, above all, your willingness to make a fool of yourself. You really have to be tough to see it through.
2 German makes you modest.
Anyone who tends to be conceited or over-confident will become more modest through learning German.
3 Every correct sentence brings unexpected pleasure.
The grammatical rules of German are so complex that every error-free sentence you produce is a genuine achievement. Your self-esteem grows every time you say something without making a mistake. This occurs so rarely, however, that your modesty remains intact.
4 The words are guessable.
Once you have learned your first thousand words of German, you’ll be able to guess many of the others. The reason is that the German way of putting words together allows you to deconstruct new words with relative ease.
5 The compound words of German are unforgettable.
The many-barrelled words of the German language show how inventive and imaginative its speakers are. These words make for creativity and fantasy.
Question: What about you? Can you give at least one reason for learning German? What do you like about the German language? Please write a comment to express your personal opinion or to explain your love for German.
Frage: Und du? Kannst du mindestens einen Grund nennen, Deutsch zu lernen? Was gefällt dir an der deutschen Sprache? Schreib bitte einen Kommentar, um deine persönliche Meinung zu äußern und deine Liebe für Deutsch zu erklären.
Extra Links for Learners:
An activity for beginners:
- The first 50 nouns in German (with their genders) | Quiz
- The first task is a set of Tiny Cards. Afterwards, there is a quiz to check your memory for the words’ genders. Sigh.
An activity for intermediate learners:
An activity for advanced learners:
- The da-compounds
- They are punchy, concise and expressive. Discover them in a set of Tiny Cards.