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Gnodstadt and Spielbach
Posted by barry on 2017-11-14 07:24:37
Your progress has been most impressive!  I don't disagree with much of what you say but there is a human side to all this.  Learning German is a relatively peripheral activity for me; yes, I'm keen to improve but, having been so many times to Germany, I know that my needs are pretty limited.  I don't have a deep desire to master the language, just to be a bit better.  This is why Duolingo is good.  It tells me everyday to start a lesson nad the lessons are in 'bite-sized chunks' (a techical term that us teachers use!).  So, at the moment, it's ideal.

I have thought about (think that we talked about this) attending language classes on my visits and I'm still interested.  Really, it's a question of finding the right level, as much as anything else.  I'm not a beginner but hardly advanced.  I don't want to spend hours in a classroom learning grammer, I can do that from a book.  Really what I need is a sort of German TEFL (there must be phrase for it in German) that involves mainly talking and listening.  I know that one of my problems is lack of confidence, linked to tuning the ear.  It's amazing how it all begins to make more sense when I've been in Germany for a few weeks.

So, I'll press on for a time and see how it goes.  Oh, I have no problem being corrected - as a writer, I have spent most of my working life in a 'critical' environment, with work proof read, dissected, put back together, etc., etc., so am happy with the process.
                   Gnodstadt and Spielbach by Nick B. on  2017-11-14 08:42:31
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