Advent Calendar Day 18
Today’s post comes from Richard H. Thank you, Richard!
I started to learn German at School in 1970 and initially enjoyed it because the language seemed much easier than French, with many German words the same as English. However after a couple of years I started to struggle with the more complex Grammar and decided I would put all my efforts into my French lessons, at the expense of my German Lessons. What a big mistake.
At the time I thought I would never travel abroad (nobody did in those days) so could not really see the point of learning a foreign language that I would never use .
Fast forward to 2009 and I went on my first holiday to Austria. Surprisingly I could still remember quite a few German words and really enjoyed speaking it to the locals. Since then I have been back to Austria 4 times and have also been to Germany 3 times. On each visit I have learnt more words and improved my conversation skills, and particularly like visiting places where English is not spoken at all because I learn so much more.
I am now aged 54. My ambition is to speak German fluently by the time I am 60, and I plan to visit Germany or Austria at least twice every year in future because I love the culture of both countries. This year I cycled the length of the River Mosel from the French border to Koblenz and the Rhine. Phantastisch!