I love languages. From Russian and German to Java and C++, it’s fascinating to see how many languages are used throughout the world from person to person and day to day. I can’t help but continue to have this itch to speak and read and communicate in more than just English. The easiest solution would be to read a dictionary, but instead I’ve decided to take up coding and German.
Both for the not-so-second time.
When my parents moved my family to Newfoundland for a few years I immersed myself in French with my friends, having been promised a trip to Quebec in High School. While Quebec never happened, but I did get a spectacular trip to St. Pierre!
To properly imagine St. Pierre, imagine a small little town constantly shroud in fog, known for liquor and drug smuggling from Europe, and hills clad in Shetland ponies watching over the ten street town with the gentle lilt of French from inn keepers and bakers down the street. The little bus we trottled along in could travel the circumference of the island in two hours at a snails pace, and no one felt as if they missed anything.
When I travelled there with school, the ride over was deceivingly calm on the huge ferry. The ride back, on the other hand, was on what could only have been the world’s smallest ferry where everyone (including the captain) was always sick. Who in their right mind continues to drive the same route where everyone is always sick, I will never know. It does prove a superb story, though, so now I can complain confidently without worrying about the taste of lunch for the second time that day.
One of the most vivid memories I have is searching through every shop for a magnet. I didn’t know the word for “magnet” in French and was miming the word helplessly in every shop we stepped in to…
And no, I did not find the magnet. Or learn the word.
After moving back to the West (where no one speaks French) I decided to try my hand at German when offered another language in High School. A friend of mine from years ago showed me photos of the beautiful country, and as I was only just starting to realize my love for beer I figured, “Why not?!”
Ah, yes. It won’t be long before I’m back having more beer.. A lot more of their fabulous beer.
Now, four years after graduating High School, and with a fast approaching trip to Oktoberfest (*inaudible squeals here*), I’m giving it another shot. There are so many places to read how to get inspiration, where to find help, and the best ways to learn said language (I’m a big fan of Fluent in 3 Months, Online Tips and Inspirations like this one, and Duolingo). Busuu is also great website if you want to connect to more people, however there’s more of an incentive to pay to play and with my reputation, I’m going to stick with free online resources and books and movies.
I should probably try to keep sober, too…
In the mean time, I will continue Duolingo and see where that gets me. I’ve also favourited all the Netflix movies/TV shows in German and continue to listen to all the German music I know.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSRohpppsnE]
I also adore Subway to Sally (who did a duet with Eisblumen), and this song below… unf!
This was a music video through Step Into German, which my German teacher used in High School. I have found and lost this song for years – no joke. I keep coming back to it and I love it every time.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSLmTSQO-ow]
And I’m sorry… I couldn’t go on about German Music without old Tokio Hotel. They were just so adorable![youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suRNNOeDIEA]
If you think they’re adorable, just look at them in 2015.
I have no idea how it’s possible either…
If anyone out there speaks multiple languages (ie. Sprechen sie Deutsch?), how did you learn, what do you recommend, and what books/TV shows do you recommend?