17th February 2013

“Whenever the literary German dives into a sentence, that is the last you are going to see of him till he emerges on the other side of the Atlantic with his Verb in his mouth.”

Mark Twain

I am currently reading, or attempting to read, the strangest book in German for my course and the sentences are pages long!  The most annoying thing about German for me is that you have to read the whole sentence to the end to find your verb, before you can make any sense of it!

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19th August 2012

“If you speak to a man in a language he understands it goes to his head; if you talk to him in his language, it goes to his heart.”

Nelson Mandela

I actually quoted this in my personal statement for my university application, which I came across today, and it reminded me why I’m doing what I’m doing. Languages are very powerful, allowing communication, expression, emotion, care and structure – from running a government to international relations, to relationships. I love that by learning new words, grammar, idioms and expressions, I can convey so much to so many people. Just the other day, I spent 20 minutes speaking German on the phone and managed to book some train tickets, as well as have a laugh and a joke with the German man on the other end!