I was fascinated by German language since was a child. Born Russian, I spent my late childhood in Germany – though in a Russian military ghetto – where, knowing just a couple of words I used to watch films that I could not understand. But I loved the sound of German!
I went back to Russia for my high education and actually had no plans for living in Europe. However after my studies I found myself again in the German-speaking surrounding, this time in Austria.
There is certain magic about German language that attracts me enormously. I love the sound of well-spoken German, its flowing cosiness and clarity, its solidity and safety…
When I tell people about it they are nearly shocked as for some reasons most of them dislike that language. The poor German native speakers are not used to compliments to the beauty of their language either.
But what is wrong with German? It is only the stereotypes that do not let people see and the enjoy its nature? Is it history that blocks the perception?
The beauty of German is different from the melody of Italian or heart-penetrating English. To discover the beauty of German one should read Herman Hesse (even better is to listen to his audio books) – the special rhythm and webbing of its nature could mesmerize one with its enigmatic charm!..
Grammatically seen there are some difficulties with articles (which exist almost without any logical rules) and word order – that drive the English native speakers mad, and give a hard time even for the learners from similar to German, synthetic languages.
Having Russian as mother tongue, knowing well English and Italian and having basic knowledge of French, Dutch and Hindi, I confess that GERMAN IS MY FAVORITE LANGUAGE.