As I sit here, awaiting the results of my Goethe B2 exam, I feel as though I may be wasting time with regards to language learning. I’m still actively using German to communicate with German-speaking friends and family and I’m also currently watching ‘Breaking Bad‘ with the German dub, but what should I do with my German?
When I first began learning German some 2-odd years ago, I thought to myself – ‘if I can reach a B2 level, that would be great!’. Now, however, that I’ve arrived at this level, I feel as though I want more. I feel like this is the never-ending struggle with language learning: there’s always more you can learn. Despite the fact I can communicate fairly easily, there’s always a word missing here and there and I don’t know if I want to leave my formal German studies behind to tackle another language.
German has a special place in my heart because I’ve got family in Germany and I’ve always loved the German language but I think now may be the time to start another language and see how far I can get. A new challenge if you will.
But which language should I pick?
I’ve had a great time learning Spanish and have a huge amount of Spanish speaking friends but somehow I just can’t connect 100% with the language. It’s as though something is missing. I don’t know exactly what it is because I love the sounds of the language, the culture(s), the people… I just can’t connect.
I’m really interested in Polish. The sound of the language really intrigues me and I have a few Polish friends. There are also a lot of Polish people living in my area so it would be nice to be able to communicate with them in their own language. But being a slavic language, Polish scares me a little.
Would I be better to tackle a more related language first in order to have one more under my belt?
For now, I’m dabbling in a few. Trying to get a feel for a language. Soon, I’m going to have to pick one to focus on.
If you have something to say, feel free to leave a comment below. I’d gladly hear what you guys have to say.