I guess it´s because you were in situations, where your chances to meet Germans with good English skills were much higher?
Here in Germany it is a bit different. Most younger people speak English quite well, because of mandatory school and the internet of course. But real good English speakers are still not common. And with older people it´s quite different, most of these don´t speak English or are very bad with it.
@Virtuoso It really depends on where you met the German pll. At university? Well, in German universities most pll know english. Mostly, their written english is very well but as soon as they start talking you can hear the accent ;) I guess nowadays the new generation knows english well because ppl are interested in Tv shows and music a lot. I know a bunch of ppl that watch their favorite shows in the original english language (me included)
@michaelrichter242:@Lalelu94: They were just random people on the net ^^ The reason why I asked is we korean also have mandatory English lessons but we are not good at English as Germans(including Europeans). Thank you for your answers!
@Virtuoso Then probably their written english fools you into thinking their spoken english is just as good. Most Germans I know understand english quite well, but their pronunciation is not on point. ( still, they can communicate ) maybe it's easier for us to learn english because we don't have to learn a whole new alphabet like you do. Above that, German grammar has some similarities to the english grammar. (But our grammar is more complicated probably ) Since we are confronted with German grammar at an early age we might feel like english is not as hard in comparison. If a non english and non german speaker had to chose between learning those two languages, English would be the easier option, I guess. I started learning Korean some weeks ago and realized that it is sooo very different from the german/ english sentence structure. Also, Korean pronunciation is very different so I will have difficulties to learn it. So it is not a "korean thing" maybe. I assume that English speakers face just as much hardships when learning Korean. It's because of the differences in the languages I guess. :)
@Lalelu94: hahaha yeah I was surprised "Gehen Wir" sounds like "Gehen Vir" in German ^^ Maybe the alpabet seems similar but sounds different. It's like relation of Korean and Japanese. They have lots of similarities especially in Pronunciation and grammar. Yeah that could be why there are many people good at Japanese but less of English speaker. hahaha yeah that's true. I have seen a report that Korean,Japanese,Chinese are the most difficult languages to learn for foreigners. Glad to hear that you are learning Korean! 힘내요!
@Virtuoso I heard that many Koreans know Japanese well so it is a good comparison probably. I will eventually study abroad in Korea for one semester so I want to prepare myself at least a bit. I wish I had more time for the language though.😅 화이팅! and btw your english is soooo good as far as I can tell.
@Lalelu94: I've never thought that my English is good 😂 You made my day! Danke schon! hahaha yeah learning Korean before you come here is very good attitude! But don't worry there are many people who are good at English in Seoul!
@Virtuoso There probably are ppl good at English but I don't want to miss out on knowing a nice person just because of language barrier. I mean, you for example seem to be a nice person and if we didnt speak the same language, I never would have known haha Your English really is great. I mean I can understand you and it seems like you understand me as well 😄
@Lalelu94: Thank you for saying so! Yeah that's what I exactly felt in Japan.It could be much more great experience if I spoke Japanese ^^ Then you should teach me German in case of trip to Europe! Actually I tried to learn German but it seems really hard to me 😢
@Virtuoso I would love to teach you German.😊 You are planning on traveling to Europe? You know English well so learning German afterwards is easier then. You just need to stay motivated. Then you could teach me Korean haha
@Lalelu94: Everyone here wants to visit Europe but plane ticket to Europe is unaffordable for me 😂 Maybe after finishing my military service would be ok haha... Yeah why not? Ask me anything about Korean! If you want to ask me hard things, pay for my intermediate Korean course 😆
@Virtuoso I know. traveling in general is so expensive it sucks.😒 Hahaha your intermediate course needs to wait. 😂I know close to nothing in Korean. I need to wait 3 more months for my acceptance letter of a Korean university and will study hard then. As long as I am not sure I will go there I need to concentrate on other things. But you can join my intermediate German course which is only 20$ per minute. you won't find a better offer😏
@Virtuoso hahaha I am poor too, sorry 😅 Well, my university cooperates with a loooot of partner universities from other countries. So I checked what countries where available and saw that Korea is one of them. And I think Korea is quite interesting, the culture and everything. It's different yet nice and I want to experience it on my own.
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