As many of you know by now, my wonderful, beautiful, and amazing fiancee is German. She is very fluent in English, but of course I want to learn the language of my soul mate. I have always wanted to learn a new language, so this is an amazing and serendipitous opportunity to do so.
I have been studying my hiney off in the form of audiobooks, textbooks, and workbooks. I have also been using an awesome iPhone app called Duolingo. I have been devoting an average of about 1 1/2 hours a day to learning German. Plus, Beate is awesome enough to help me on the phone all the time. She is tremendously supportive and patient with me while teaching me a new language.
Let me be honest: learning a new language is difficult. Learning the dialect, the word order forms, and the grammar rules can be intimidating in the beginning. But you know what? Learning a new language is freaking awesome! I have grown to fall in love with learning German. It is truly a fascinating and beautiful language. And it is so awesome to now see German writing and be able to recognize and decipher entire sentences! That may not sound like a big deal, but trust me it feels great to be able to realize that the studying is paying off. And even if I do not recognize every word in a sentence, I can sometimes piece together what the sentence is saying by recognizing many of the words.
Ich liebe lernen Deutsch!
It is so funny how something that you may initially look at as a chore becomes something that you end up loving. Learning German is not something I have to do, it's something I get to do :)
And that is an incredibly important distinction.
Have you ever learned a new language? If not, is there a particular language that you would like to someday learn?