While I almost failed standard level German on the International Baccalaureate, when I was in college, it doesn’t mean that I don’t like the lingo. I’m sure my post about Michael Palin showed that I do like Germany as a country very much (despite the events of the past).
One day I hope to go on holiday there, and unlike the two language exchanges I went on, not get Laryngitis. At least then I’d have the chance to speak some German with the aid of a phrasebook. It’s not like I want to be fluent, but being able to listen to most German accents plus being able to read it reasonably well would be a plus.
If I was given the opportunity to learn German again, I’d have to do it from the ground up. Between my five years at secondary school and two at college, neither went through a logical and coherent manner when teaching German. While no linguist, I can (probably) safely assume that teaching a language in a manner similar to how a child learns their native tongue and then to read and write it is the way to go. Going on about correct grammar and the genders of words isn’t really going to help when you don’t even understand those aspects of your own native language.
So a “organic” teaching method then. (Also, I may just want to be able to understand the lyrics of Rammstein songs better.)