2015 Resolution - Learning German

Posted: January 01, 2016

Hallo und frohes neues Jahr! Heute ist der 1. Januar 2016, und mein Ziel für das Jahr 2015 war, Deutsch zu lernen.

Ich denke, dass mein Fortschritt ist gut. Obwohl ich weiß, dass meine Grammatik ist nicht perfekt, und ich weiß nicht viele Deutsch Wörter, ich bin sehr froh mit meinen Fortschritten. Mein Ziel für dieses Jahr, 2016, ist um Italienisch zu lernen. Meine familie spricht Italienisch, und ich denke, dass es eine gute Sprache für mich zu lernen, ist.

Viel Glück für Ihre Ziele im 2016!


Hello and Happy New Year! Today is January 1, 2016, and my goal for 2015 was to learn German. I used Duolingo for this endeavor, a free website that incorporates a "streak" counter for every day you spend practicing a language. While I am happy to say that I ended the year with a streak of 278 days, I am also sad that I missed a day in late March which reset my streak at that time to zero. Nevertheless I am very happy with the amount of time that I spent on Duolingo this past year. 

As mentioned on my resolutions page, my goal for 2016 is to focus on learning Italian. While I do not plan to abandon German, I would prefer to spend 2016 learning the language that my family speaks. What I am beginning to learn about language learning is that languages provide us with the opportunity to communicate and connect with more people.

Bill Nye once said that, "Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't.". As the days go by, this statement is something I continue to remind myself of. I believe that by learning as many languages as we can, we are allowing ourselves to communicate and learn from as many people as possible.

If anyone reading this has any interest in learning a language, whether it be as a personal challenge, in order to speak with friends or family, or simply to brush up on some forgotten skills, I highly recommend Duolingo.

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