Finally, A German Course At My University

I received an newsletter today from the university I attend, and they’re (finally!) offering a German course. It’s offered this fall, and I’ve gone ahead and signed up for it. It’s just an “elementary” German course, so I’m not really sure how much I’ll learn, but I’m still looking forward to it. At least it’ll put me in a position where I have to use the language some; while corresponding with people online in German is quite helpful (not to mention enjoyable), it’s not quite the same as talking directly to someone, face to face.

I just hope the class moves fairly quickly. If it’s really slow, I may go mad. 15 weeks of reciting basic verb conjugations does not sound fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

By |2008-05-28T23:07:34+00:00May 28th, 2008|All Entries, German, Language Journal, Language Learning|7 Comments


  1. Jeff May 29, 2008 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Hi, I’m new to your blog, but I find it quite interesting. I am a Spanish and Portuguese-learner currently. However, when I was in college, I knew that I should have enrolled in at least one German course, because it has always interested me. Perhaps after I learn enough Portuguese I will switch over to German, as I do have some friends that speak it. From what I understand, it is quite a difficult language (structurally and grammatically) to learn. What are your thoughts on that?

    I also took a language course recently for Spanish, and I signed up for an Intermediate-Advanced course, but boy was I upset with it! We ended up going over verb conjugations for more than half of the course, whereas the course should have been focused on conversation! Anyway, good luck with the German course at your university — I hope it is helpful for you!

  2. Josh May 29, 2008 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Hey Jeff,

    It takes a while to get the declensions down for German, and I still (consistently!) make mistakes with adjective endings. The biggest problem I’ve had with German, though, has been with separable verbs. My brain hasn’t yet rewired itself to expect half of the verb at the very end of the sentence. I especially struggle with it when listening to German, as I obviously can’t jump back to the beginning of the sentence to see the main part of the verb. So I’ll be listening, and the speaker will end the sentence with “auf” or “zu”, and I’ll think – aha! A separable verb. But… what in the world was the first part? And then if I do remember it, I have to put them back together – okay, zufallen or aufgehen, and then come up with the meaning. And by the time I’ve done all of this, the speaker is two sentences ahead. ๐Ÿ™‚ Lots more practice, and then some more practice, and perhaps I’ll have it down.

    Sorry to hear about the Intermediate-Advanced course. I hope my class isn’t like that!

  3. Ramses May 30, 2008 at 9:24 am - Reply

    To be honest; I hate my Spanish classes in college. The grammar classes are pretty ok this semester, but the regular classes simply suck. They treat u like babies, because some in class just don’t progress. Therefore I prefer studying on my own and attending the regular classes once in a while.

  4. Josh May 31, 2008 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Hey Ramses,

    Hopefully that won’t be the case for the German class I’m taking, but who knows – it could be. At the very least, I’ll have access to a native German speaker, face to face, rather than via text / audio online.

  5. Ramses June 2, 2008 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    I get your point. I speak Spanish face to face on a daily basis, so the classes are not really needed for progress. Today we had a good day though, a lot of informal stuff all in Spanish :).

  6. Johanna June 26, 2008 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Hey Josh,
    I really like your blog and for me as a German it’s interesting to read about people learning German. Maybe, if you practice listening to a German podcast on a regular basis, it will help you to get accustomed to this odd way of putting half of the verb at the end of the sentence. =)) I’ve been listening to a lot of Spanish language podcasts recently and it helped me a lot to keep my vocabulary active, too.
    Good luck for your studies!

  7. Josh June 30, 2008 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Hi Johanna,

    Yeah, I listen to a lot of podcasts – Schlaflos in Mรผnchen, Alltagsdeutsch, some news…

    Thanks for commenting, and thanks for the luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

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