I have been taking Deutsch lessons now for about a month. Class is twice a week at Deutsch Partner in Kronberg. Learning the language is not so easy, but so far I'm enjoying the classes. Now I catch myself listening to passing conversations hoping to pick up words that I might know and when I finally do hear familiar words my internal cheer is explosive. Slowly, I am picking up words, phrases, and retaining the basics. I admit that I need to study more...never was great at patiently studying.
The craziest thing about learning a new language so far is the fact that when I can't think of what I want to say I think of the word or response in Spanish. Why my brain picks up the leftover remnants of high school Spanish is beyond me, but it is interesting and a couple of my class mates do the same with second languages that they know. Confusing!
When I am out grocery shopping or at a restaurant I seem to freeze up - all my good intentions of speaking in Deutsch melt away as the person speaking to me talks so fast I feel that I've been swept up into a whirlwind. Plus, on the occasions that I manage to rattle off my answer in Deutsch they realize I am not German and begin speaking to me in English. Argh!!! My trips to the market are getting to be more successful, which is encouraging - especially considering the frequency of trips to the market. I think my husband had a point, when we talk about new languages being easier for children to learn, he believes it is because they are not afraid to make mistakes - so true.
So, cheers to making mistakes because I am going to learn this language!