Episode Summary: I discuss my German learning journey with my wife and provide learners with tips to help them be successful in their own learning journeys.

English Level: B1 🇩🇪🇨🇦

Show Notes

  • Slow and steady wins the race
  • Don’t let obstacles defeat you
  • Discover your WHY
  • Develop a plan
  • Don’t be afraid of making mistakes

Vocabulary Words

  • Burden (noun): a load, typically a heavy one.
  • uncomfortable (adjective): causing or feeling slight pain or physical discomfort.
  • Journey (noun): a long and often difficult process of personal change and development.
  • Mindset (noun): the established set of attitudes held by someone.
  • District (noun): an area of a city, especially one characterized by a particular feature or activity.
  • Foundation (noun): an underlying basis or principle.

Phrases to Remember

  • to fall in love: develop a deep romantic or sexual attachment to someone.
  • to put pressure on oneself: To try to influence or persuade one to do something or act a certain way.
  • to feel out of place: you have a sense that it’s inappropriate for you to be there.
  • to laugh at someone: to say unkind things about someone or something that are intended to make them seem silly.
  • to follow through: If you follow through an action, plan, or idea or follow through with it, you continue doing or thinking about it until you have done everything possible.

Mistake to avoid

(incorrect use of an uncountable noun) Trying to put this information NOT these informations

Comprehension questions

  1. What was Jorge’s mistake when he tried to learn German in 2016?
  2. What was Jorge’s experience at the beginning when he encountered Germans in social settings?
  3. What’s Jennifer’s advice to learners at the beginning when they can’t speak the language yet?
  4. What broke down the barrier in Jorge’s brain to speak German?
  5. What was Jorge’s strategy to learn German when he moved to Freiburg?
  6. What can you do when you don’t have people to speak English with?
  7. What can we learn from children?


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