And I thought Mandarin Chinese was hard...

Today was the first day of my German immersion class. I had the nervous jitters that one gets when starting something new. After the first three hours, I walked out feeling like all the energy was zapped out of my body. They weren't kidding when they said it would be intense. People have said that this would be the fastest way to integrating German into my everyday life. I've also heard a few people say that they become fluent after taking five consecutive months of these immersion classes. I honestly can't see myself there in July nor have I even set a deadline or goal of that sort! This is one of the hardest things I've ever encountered. Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese are cake walks compared to German.

I can't and won't give up. This is essential and I will need it in order to stay sane while living here. It's something that I will actually be using and not something that gets stored and collects dust in my brain (i.e.- quadratic equations).

A Chronicle Of My Experiences Living Abroad: And I thought Mandarin Chinese was hard...

March 4, 2013

And I thought Mandarin Chinese was hard...

Today was the first day of my German immersion class. I had the nervous jitters that one gets when starting something new. After the first three hours, I walked out feeling like all the energy was zapped out of my body. They weren't kidding when they said it would be intense. People have said that this would be the fastest way to integrating German into my everyday life. I've also heard a few people say that they become fluent after taking five consecutive months of these immersion classes. I honestly can't see myself there in July nor have I even set a deadline or goal of that sort! This is one of the hardest things I've ever encountered. Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese are cake walks compared to German.

I can't and won't give up. This is essential and I will need it in order to stay sane while living here. It's something that I will actually be using and not something that gets stored and collects dust in my brain (i.e.- quadratic equations).

2 Comments:

At March 6, 2013 at 6:57 PM , Blogger William Lee said...

Hang in there Elaine. German is one of the most difficult languages to learn. So many rules and irregularities like English. It is much harder than Chinese which people think is harder because of the written portion. You will find it rewarding in the end. I really envy you for being over there. Enjoy your time and experiences.

Will Lee

 
At March 7, 2013 at 9:25 PM , Blogger HausFrau in Vienna said...

Thanks for the encouragement! Not only am I not used to the formal vs. informal, the pronunciations are incredibly hard to get right. Hope to see you and Lily in Taiwan or maybe over here sometime :)

 

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