I wrote this essentially as an introduction to an independent study on languages that I did. I hope that you find enjoyment in this! Feel free to contact me with questions about language learning! Or contact me via Skype for fun! I can't seem to find the post for this as English. So my apologies for listing it as German.
are the means in which we communicate ideas, expressions, feelings, and
everything that we find important. Therefore, the words we speak and write help
provide us with some place in the world. They give us the ability to become
unique individuals with voices of our own. The purpose of language is not the
words themselves, but the meaning behind the words spoken.
this new understanding, I will investigate new methods to give German language
meaning, to make it living. German-speaking natives will create most of the
text that I will be using. Thus, each word will be from the voice of a unique
individual. I believe that by creating a relationship and having conversations
with each person, I will discover how people might be continents apart, yet
they really are no different in terms of humanity - even with the differences
unique to each culture.
study could never be rote learning. Instead, I will use more modern resources
to further my understanding. The internet provides countless resources to
develop a more global understanding. Through emails, written chats, spoken
chats, and other online foreign language help, I will be able to essentially
create my own virtual immersion. In addition, both German films and German
songs will provide me with additional perspectives of German culture.
My progress will not be measured
through quizzes and tests. Rather, I will measure my progress through
reflecting upon my own understanding. To provide an idea of my progress, I will
write about how many words I am looking up in translations, my confidence in
speaking and writing, how well I understand movies and films, and every German
piece that I will write will have extensive corrections showing my errors and
needs for improvement. In addition, I will ask for written feedback and
suggestions from those helping me with this process. The binder will be
primarily written in German to reflect upon my self-immersion into learning the
study, I will improve my ability to communicate in German and further my
already existing four years of classroom knowledge. I will admit that numerous
times people have asked me, “Why German? What’s the point?” I, too, have asked
myself this question. While learning German has some specific advantages,
frankly it is by no means a universal language. In addition, those that speak
German, often know a fair basis of English.
So why should I put countless hours
and energy into producing this study? It is simply because of the people. With
German, one encounters unique and specific grammatical principles that make the
language particularly challenging for non-native speakers to understand. But
when one starts understanding the unique qualities that German offers, one sees
that the language developed from traditional and cultural practices. By
studying the language, one develops a general understanding of these customs. I
find these customs particularly important in processing an understanding of
western civilization because of Germany’s
long existence as an influential power in the world.
A large part of this study will be
based on a mission easy to understand, but difficult to experience: exploring
language and how it creates our place in the world.