John is a beginner-level student taking private German classes with us at BridgeLanguages in downtown Denver. He told us about his background, his motivation to learn the language, and about what he likes and finds challenging about his classes so far!
Hi John! Can you tell us where you’re from and what you do?
I am from Franklin, Pennsylvania. I studied Mechanical Engineering, M.Sc., and I work as a Flight Software Test Engineer for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.
What made you decide to study German?
I have always desired to learn a second language and to live and work in Europe. As an engineer, learning German is a major stepping-stone to making those goals a reality.
What do you hope to achieve?
My current learning goals with private lessons are to learn conversational German and build up to taking the German language proficiency exams. Long term, I would like to achieve conversational/business fluency in German.
Describe the classroom environment.
I am taking private lessons with Serina, focusing on conversational German. To develop those skills, assignments are expanded to be conversational. Serina is an excellent teacher and, being a native speaker, provides details in how the German language is used practically that you cannot get from a book.
What are some of your favorite activities in class?
I enjoy having a conversation in German and the realization when I do that I comprehend and am able to articulate more than I did in the previous conversation.
What is your biggest challenge in learning a new language?
The biggest challenge has been trying not to apply English spelling, grammar, and sentence structure rules and common conventions to German.
For you, what is the biggest advantage in learning a new language?
The biggest advantage to learning a new language is having an entirely new means of communications with people that I didn’t have before.