Federico Fellini once said, “A different language is a different vision of life”, and I have found this quote to be relevant more often that not. I have been learning German for about a year, and German being my 3rd language, I can personally say that this quote is very true. From what I have seen, each language has words that revolve around the culture and the people and the geography and the art and the food and so many other factors. To know a language you have to understand where is comes from.
I have a wonderful German teacher, Frau Wiley, and she has done a great job at really putting German into a sensible form. But really, I don’t think we would have even half of the knowledge if it wants for the stories, and the pictures, and the field trips we take and see. Recently, we went on a field trip to the Christkindlmarket in Downtown Chicago, and it was a wonderful experience. You see the German craftsmanship influence by so many different historical and geographical factors. You see the art work and the food and the people. It’s like the stories and the pictures all start to come true and you can envision what it means to speak German.
Personally, I have been fortunate enough to travel to Germany on many occasions, but really non of those moments shed light on the true aspects of Germany. This market is Germany and its people at its finest. I am so thankful that we have the opportunity to go and grow as people, and really put a face to the things that we learn. This is why I think that when it comes to learning a language, you have to experience the language and the people. Even if it’s in the middle of Chicago on a freezing cold day. But hey, at-least we took some nice pictures!