the art of learning german

here are a few questions for my fellow Deutschländers:

why throw me off with all the irregular verbs/difficult conjugations? why make memorizing numbers so hard? lastly, why can’t you simply refer to everyone in the formal ‘You’?

For my fellow North Americans here are the reasons for my rant above:

1. I love the conjugation of regular German verbs; however irregular verbs are simply a pain in the butt. Example, here is the conjugation for a irregular verb such as sein = to be

ich
du
er/sie/es
wir
ihr
sie/Sie
bin
bist
ist
sind
seid
sind
Now I ask you, why? I invented my very own conjugation → ich
du
er/sie/es
wir
ihr
sie/Sie
bin
bist
ist
ist
ist
ist

2. Numbers from 1-20 are super easy, not a problem. From 20-100 the madness starts. The Germans would say a number such as 23 like so, three twenty. In case you need the German version of how to say it, here it is. Again, as if the language is not complex enough why add that extra torturing layer?

3. Germans have serious rules about when and how to refer to people in the formal You. Any exception to the rule requires the permission of the addressee to the addressor. Here is what I found though: Conjugating verbs when you are using the formal You is way easier, so why not refer to everyone in the formal You. Ok, I know here I am pushing it a bit. I am just wondering if and when I will be able to speak this language, that’s all.

On a surreal note, I love the language and I can’t wait to be able to use it properly in everyday events. Insula is providing a lot of in-class talking practice, which I haven’t been used to much. I am loving my intense course and tomorrow will mark day 3 of my captivity with learning German. J I shall report more as my vocab builds up…

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