I used to do a lot of cross stitch but in the last few years had very little time. A while ago I thought to have a go again, especially as I was given a cross stitch kit. So I opened the pack and started. After a few hours I began to wonder …

How was my picture going to turn from this

into this?

 And then  I remembered when I attempted a bigger picture a few years ago. I used one colour, then another, following the instructions very carefully. Almost right up to the end the whole picture looked weird and didn’t make any sense but when I started stitching the surroundings I began to see the picture and finally it looked like this:

How to learn German a stitch at a time

What does this have to do with learning German?

Quite a lot! When you start, you don’t see the whole picture. You can say a sentence or two and are wondering how that is ever going to turn into a full conversation. You learn your grammar but a lot doesn’t make sense, but yet you follow the instructions of the tutor and finally, at some stage, you have a light bulb moment and everything falls into place and you finally understand the language and can have a conversation with somebody and read German text.

So, don’t worry if things don’t make sense. Trust your tutor and carry on, and I promise you, one day it will be great!

6 Responses

  1. A lot of learning is like that. You carry on and can’t understand it and then it suddenly clicks. My own German teacher had a weird way of teaching and just confused the whole class. I chose not to continue to A level because of him, which is sad.

    I love cross stitch. Not because I do it, but because Mrs Z does. She designs her own cross stitch cards too but it takes a long time.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that your teacher’s action stopped you from doing German A level, but luckily there are lots of online resources nowadays to help you keep (or remind you) what you once learned.
      As for cross stitch, I wish I had more time to do it. I used to do lots of of birthday and Christmas cards, so it will be interesting to see when I finish this project!

  2. I’m an avid cross stitcher… and I agree, it’s just like a language. You take it one bit at a time, and slowly, patiently, you develop the fluency in it at your own pace and comfort speed. Lovely post!

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