I had a phone conversation with my Hubby's granny this weekend, well not so much a conversation but an exchange of words that mean nothing to the other. What a hoot. I don't speak German, and she doesn't speak any English, and even though I could sorta work out what she was asking...I could only respond in English.
I was so embarrassed after that call. My hubs though, found it absolutely hilarious. I would too, had something like that happened to him instead. His sister also sent me a really awesome cook book. I know it's awesome cause the pictures are amazing, but its all in German. And so I've decided that could be a fun way to learn.
It's been a crazy start to the year, and with work and school, learning German had since taken the back seat. I have 3 language courses (you know those you get to learn the language quick just so you can get around when you there), and one of them is supposed to be a little more advanced.
But still! An acquaintance who moved from Germany to South Africa years ago said that he found it easier to read a book in the language you want to learn, along with a dictionary. Lol, that one didn't go down well. I've gone through THREE pages and it's taken me FOREVER.
When Hubs and I met, he didn't speak much English either, and I promise, this guy read through the English dictionary and It felt like just weeks and we were having hours long conversations in English. Seriously though, I don't see myself reading though a German dictionary, I doubt that would work for me and I simply don't have that kinda time on my hands.
Another suggestion was to surround yourself with people that speak the language. I don't know how that's supposed to help because if no one translates, I just zone out and start planning and ticking off lists in my head...actually I do that regardless of what language people speak if the conversation isn't exciting (so bad, I know, but my attention span is just sad), and in any case, my in laws usually revert back to English when they realise they've gone off in German.
Regardless of my failed attempts, I think I'm just not putting enough energy into learning it. And I should, but obviously I'll have to find fun ways of learning, rather than making it feel like a time consuming chore I have to do. Any suggestions or ideas of other fun ways to learn a new language?