And You Thought English Was Difficult!

Then let me tell you about my experience with German.

In my first year, I realised: this language has its tricks.

Three grammatical genders (male, female and neuter), four cases (nominative, accusative, dative and genitive), five different plural endings, and then the prepositions … (Did you know that every time you use “mit,” “aus,” “von,” “zu,” “nach,” “bei” and “seit,” the noun that follows it has to be in the dative case? Believe me, it’s true!)

But I knew, with the right strategy, I was going to master the subtleties of this beautiful language!

Now here are three tips to help you navigate the English language jungle:

1️⃣ Master the Tenses: English is all about timing! Understanding five of the most important tenses (English has 12) will give you a solid foundation. Practice makes perfect.

2️⃣ Word Order Wisdom: English loves its word order, and it can be quite different from German. Subject-Verb-Object (SVO) is the usual order. But watch out for variations, especially in questions and emphatic statements. 

3️⃣ Contractions Connection: English natives love their contractions (I’ve, can’t, don’t). Embrace them, and your speech will sound more natural. It’s like a secret handshake for English speakers.

Remember, each language has its quirks, but conquering them is part of the fun. 

Now I want to hear from you: What are your biggest challenges in learning English? 

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