What is the difference between completing a puzzle and learning German?

There are actually a lot of similarities between completing a puzzle and learning German.

As a toddler you start with a very basic puzzle. In the beginning you find this really hard. But once you’ve worked it out it’s easy peasy.

As a beginning German learner, you’ll find speaking in German really hard. But once you’ve worked it out, those simple sentences are easy.

The easy puzzles are soon too easy and you receive some slightly harder ones.

Gradually, your German sentences get a bit harder.

… and with more pieces.

… and with more vocabulary.

Sometimes you need help from friends or family to put the pieces together.

Sometimes you need help from your teacher or fellow German learners.

But you’re getting better at it. The puzzles are getting more and more complicated with a lot more pieces.

But you’re getting better at it. Your German sentences are getting more and more complicated with lots more words and grammar.

Your complicated puzzles are looking interesting, and even when not finished, you can see how great they will be in the end.

Your complicated German texts are looking interesting, and even when not quite completed, you’ll know it will be a great read.

Then disaster! You can’t find a piece!

Then disaster! You can’t remember which case you need and can’t work it out!

You pick up missing pieces, hoping one of them will fit…

You try to remember all sorts of grammar rules…

… until you finally find the missing piece.

… until you finally remember the correct rule.

And it works! You have finished this complicated puzzle. Success! You feel great!

And it works! You have finished your complicated German text. Success! You feel great!

And then you buy a new puzzle with more and smaller pieces. And everything starts again from the beginning.

And then you start a new chapter/ level/ lecture/ course/ book with more vocabulary and grammar. And everything starts again ☺


Remember this puzzle? Just think how easy that would be for you now! When you reach a new German learning level and you’re struggling like mad, go back to a really easy text and laugh at how you used to struggle then!

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