I'd have forgotten where I started by the time I got to the end of 'Streichholzschächtelchen'
But then again, I'm not the best person to talk about mastering another language. Apart from trying to say squirrel in German, it took me several weeks to master "I'm sorry, I can't speak German, do you speak English?" and the only phrase I remember from school is "Where is the pencil
?" which turns out to have little practical use when travelling. Luckily the Germans I met were very kind to Australian tourists
Then when you get the pencil you can draw a picture of what you want....
I was quite good at German in high school.... so the pronunciation of reading it is usually easy for me. French has me stumped. I sound like a bad impersonation of 'Allo 'Allo.
The one thing I did learn to say in Germany was "Can I have TWO slices of bread with my sandwich please!"
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