Firstly, some context. I’m learning German for fun, a hobby. I don’t live in Germany or a German-speaking country, but I love Germany, and this year I’ve been fortunate to visit numerous times.
I started Duolingo in May 2020 and 121 speaking lessons in September 2020. So just on the speaking lessons alone, I’m more than two years in and have had something like 45 lessons. I have text books, exercise books, dual language books, Flashcards, and use various other apps like Clozemaster, too. I really enjoy it.
But here lies the problem, I’m struggling to grasp it. I know that ideally I’d study more, but as it’s a hobby I don’t study intensely daily or weekly. But either way, with everything I do, I’m not progressing much. So much so that my German tutor suggested I take a step back from various A2 things we are doing, back to A1 because he recognizes that I just haven’t grasped some aspects. I could go to detail about what I am struggling with if it helps.
As I said I enjoy it, but honestly it’s turning into frustration. I have a successful career and was recently promoted to a very senior role, I know I’m not unintelligent, but I’m seriously struggling with German learning.
So what do I do? Do I keep paying for these lessons knowing it’s going to take me an awfully long time? Do I skip the lessons and simply study with Duolingo, apps, all the books I have so at least my slow learning isn’t costing so much? Or frankly, do I just kind of leave it there? Or do I ramp it up and enroll into a course? Or have more lessons?
I don’t want to stop, but something has to change, I think - or maybe it doesn’t? Maybe this is normal?