New year, new language skills

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I’ve been living in Germany now for 18 months and my German language skills are OK. I can understand about 80 per cent of what’s being said, both on TV and in real life.  However, when I open my mouth to speak, the vocabulary and grammar rules in my head seem to disappear.  Don’t get me wrong – people definitely understand me.  But just being understood is not enough.

Sound familiar?

New-Year_s-ResolutionsBefore moving to Frankfurt, I took German at a language school in London twice a week for over a year.  During that time, I saw real progress.  I was … Read the rest