An EU regulation dropped it. You have been told the German language is really hard to learn, or maybe you just naturally got this feeling when you heard a native German speaker talking? The scary word above confirms your assumptions? Well, no, learning German being hard is just a myth. Learning any language takes time and commitment. Having enough motivation and working hard towards your goal, is all it takes.
But not all stereotypes are bad — they may even be true, defining characteristics of culture and lifestyle. Quick, True or False: The national pastime in Germany is playing soccer while eating Sauerkraut dressed in Dirndls and Lederhosen with Kraftwerk and Rammstein playing in the background. It finds its origin in reports from soldiers stationed in Germany after World War II, tourists attending Oktoberfest and the limited number of German music acts with international success. From there, stereotypical ideas of German culture have been reinforced by the global spread of German movies and music. Perhaps you thought German word order , pronunciation and crazy smashed-together German words were hard to understand. It is a chance to see yourself through the eyes of another person.
During a stay in Berlin last year, I had the opportunity to discover many fabulous films. Some of the greatest masters of the art of moving images came from the land of Goethe and Schiller. Germans produce films and TV in many popular genres, including horror, comedy and science fiction. But fortunately, Netflix has expanded all over the world incredibly fast. Thanks to this expansion, the company is now offering more and more foreign films every day, and German films are no exception.
I was about 5 years into our German adventure when I had our first Berliner. Now we have two and I am often split between the two countries on my parenting-style , not quite American, not nearly German. We are in Washington State now, visiting the grandparents and assorted love ones, and I do my best to field a host of question about the differences between having a kid in the States versus Germany.