If you’ve read some of my other blog posts, you’ll know that I started learning German at the end of 2015 through Duolingo. In 2016, I went through the Pimsleur series. Today, I do a little bit of this and a little bit of that to keep progressing in my journey to learn German. I haven’t taken a test in a while, but I’m likely at A2 level, which means I’m no longer a beginner but am approaching intermediate level.
I know 100+ verbs and a few hundred more nouns, adjectives and adverbs. I understand the basics of German grammar. I can string together a simple sentence although I may leave out a word here and there due to some oddities in the German language, such as separable verbs, reflexive pronouns that need to accompany certain verbs, and so forth.
My Instagram language is set to German, so I’m always tapping the “Übersetzung Anzeigen”option to see if I can correctly translate back and forth between German and English Instagram captions. I assume Instagram uses something similar to Google Translate, so I’m obviously not naive to the fact that the translations probably aren’t 100% accurate. Frankly, I don’t care, though. I am constantly learning new vocabulary through my favorite social media channel, so I’ll take a less-than-perfect translation.
How would I hold up in a conversation with a native speaker? Nicht so gut, I’d guess. Maybe someday soon I’ll actually do some Skype lessons or go to a German Meetup in Dallas. For now, I’m proud of the progress I’m making for someone as busy as I am. Learning German is my favorite hobby, and I’m basking in the journey of learning it rather than fretting about not being more fluent yet.