I get asked all the time just how it is like speaking another language and which I prefer.
I started learning English at school when I was 10 years old, but I never was able to really speak it until visiting England and then studying a year at a secondary school in England back in 2000. I guess that’s where I learned how to speak it properly. I moved to the UK about 3 1/2 years ago, simply because Germany is very depressed with itself and there are hardly any jobs around.
And yes, it was very easy with the language. I still have problems with my English these days and my written English is nowhere near as good as I want it to be, but I am getting there. Or so I hope!
My main language these days is English. Sadly enough I am not using my German as much as I probably should and I am finding it extremely difficult writing in German. That is definitely something I need to be improving on in the future. I am not only talking in English, I am also thinking in English which bizarrely means that I am actually translating German into English and vice versa. Strange, considering that German is my native language after all.
Learning another language in Germany is easy, almost everyone starts learning English when they are 10 years old, although there are many children that start even earlier than that. At the age of 12 many move on to the second language which used to be French or Latin, but many schools now offer Italian/Spanish or even Russian.
Would I learn another language? I’d love to. I’ve been wanting to learn Japanese for years now, but for some reason I never get round to it. I will one day.
Would I recommend anyone learning another language? Definitely, as you are not just learning the language, but also the culture and commons and I personally find that very interesting.
Anyone who knows any languages will probably agree with me that it can get very confusing. Especially in those half tired moments in which all languages just melt into one and no one knows what you are talking about. Trust me, it happens quite a bit to me. ;)
Macht’s gut! (Bye in German!)