How I learned German or how not to learn German

German is a very difficult language with a complicated grammar and many rules that one must follow”. I grew up hearing or, at least, getting exactly this feeling every time I had German classes. And from almost all the people I talked to who have studied German in school as a second foreign language, despite the many hours spent “learning” the language, all try their very best to avoid speaking it even when they are visiting Germany. Why this attitude? Maybe it has something to do with the way a language (maybe except English, although they managed to mess this one up as well) is taught in Romanian schools. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it is, especially when compared to French, Spanish, Italian, quite different from Romanian. Or maybe the lack of contact with the German world limited our access to and understating of the language.

But maybe I should start with the beginning to show how desperate this story is. Continue reading