I have been in Frankfurt for almost 6 months now, and one of the things that makes me sad is that there is little to no chance to practice German here.
When I was in Japan, I used to get so angry when I met someone who had lived there for hears and years but couldn’t speak the language well, so I made sure that when I came to Germany, I would learn German. I take lessons online via Skype (my teacher is *excellent* – message me if you would like contact details!) and I’m getting to a stage where I can make simple sentences. But whenever I try and do anything in German, like order some food or a coffee or whatever, people always reply in English!
BUT something cool happened. When I was in Japan I was taking Chinese lessons, and since I’ve been in Germany I’ve not studied at all. A friend of mine is studying Japanese here at a language school, so I decided to sign up for Chinese lessons. The teacher knows little to no English, and so I have to do things like translate from German to Chinese. EXCELLENT for my German skills, and studying Chinese at the same time!
I have my second lesson tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to it a lot. Yay for challenges in language!