Advent Calendar 24 – “Merry Christmas”

Merry Christmas

Hi ihr lieben,

It’s January, you blink once, and it’s the 24th of December. The time in between … eternal and an instant at the same time. Our time is weird like that.
Blink again and it’s summer 2021 and we’re all on some beach somewhere, or in a forest, or in a city doing what the oracle predicted. And you’ll be like:

“Damn, I can’t believe it’s already June. But wow… a lot has happened and mein Doitsch ist viel besser!”

Yeah… I clearly had some wine :). I originally wanted to write something festive to wrap up the calendar, but there’s actually no need for it… because you all did it!
Your comments from yesterday were just unbelievable – so loving, heartwarming,  funny, joyful, hopeful, empathetic and witty. I was really really happy after I read all of them.
And this confirms a suspicion that I have been holding for a long time – that people who learn a foreign language tend to be … good people.
Of course this is a gross generalization and blah blah blah but in order to actually try to learn a foreign language you need to have a certain degree of open mindedness. You can’t take yourself overly seriously. And there’s something humbling about stumbling through a sentence at the early stages – we have to accept being “vulnerable” in these moments. We also get to experience that other people really don’t care that much about us being perfect. What matters is that we get along and can exchange ideas. So trying to read a foreign language, or hear it or write it or speak it when we’re not good at it yet is a “low-ego” experience. And that’s great.
I mean… not that ego is bad.
It’s fun to feel proud about having reached fluency. But you can’t get there without feeling stupid, untalented and embarrassed about making like 5 mistakes per sentence.
So if you’re at that stage… savor it! It has value, no matter if you ever get fluent.
And if you’ve made it to fluency… flaunt it, show it around :)!! But remember that it’s not your “cool” self that got you there. It was your humble self.
Did I mention that I am drinking wine?
Seriously though… all you are awesome and I am really happy and honored that you come here to read about German.

Thanks a lot for following throughout the years, or year and thank you for making the 2020 calendar as epic as the other. If not epicer.
I hope you enjoyed it and I wish you a relaxing, calm Christmas season (or rest of the year season, if you don’t celebrate Christmas :)

Vielen Dank für alles
und frohe Weihnachten!

Ps.:

“darkmode” is now officially a thing. I did some design around it and I actually kind of like the look of it now.
If you don’t know what that is… it switches the background to black and the font to white and it can be relaxing for the eye. I don’t know how many of you will actually use that, but yeah… the switch is on the left of the menu bar on desktop and I’ll add it to the mobile menu as well in the coming days.

It’s not perfect yet, so some pages might look weird. Particularly, I didn’t adjust the quizzes so far. But yeah… I hope at least some of you use it :)

 

 

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Jaunty
Jaunty
8 months ago

I would like to say thank you for all the generous payers of Daily German to sponsor my course it is really great of you .Hope you get whatever you want in your life:)

William Stewart
William Stewart
1 year ago

Wow Emanuel!! Your comments here are so spot on. It is so meaningful to me that I can’t think of where to go from there. Learning a language is such a humbling experience and anytime any of us learn something new we are going to make mistakes. We (your readers and learners) have committed to at least try. To err is human and we are all in it together. Happy New Year to you and all your fans and thanks for all your work and efforts.

NN __
NN __
1 year ago

Frohe Weihnachten !
Es tut mir leid dass ich diesen Artikel frueher nicht gesehen habe.
Ich wuensche dir ein tolles 2021 Jahr !
Danke.

Flavia
Flavia
1 year ago

Lieber Emanuel,
Dankeschön für den Adventskalender. Ich wünsche dir und deinen Lieben einen guten Rutsch! Bleibt gesund und optimistisch. Bis zum nächstes Jahr.

Anne Maxwell-Jackson
Anne Maxwell-Jackson
1 year ago

Thank you so much for all the work you do. You make learning fun and intriguing. All the best to you and all your readers for the coming year.

Joanne
Joanne
1 year ago
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Joanne
Joanne
1 year ago
Reply to  Joanne

Didn’t 100% work, but you get the idea. Thanks for the best advent calendar!

Andy
Andy
1 year ago

Vielen Dank für deine geilen Wörter! Ich have so viel gelernt besonders über Indo-European! Frohe Weihnachten and ein gutes neues Jahr aus Vereinigten Königreich.

berlingrabers
berlingrabers
1 year ago

Uff, die Mails kommen seit fast einer Woche nicht mehr, jetzt muss ich einiges nachholen…

Vielen Dank für noch einen tollen Adventskalender und ein wundervolles Jahr für uns Deutschlerner. Dir ein frohes Fest und einen guten Rutsch!

Mark
Mark
1 year ago

Excellent “wrap up” of the Advent calendar and a wonderful introspection into what is necessary to learn a foreign language! Thanks for the great content and Merry Christmas + a Happy 2021!

fairyhedgehog
fairyhedgehog
1 year ago

Frohe Weihnachten, Emanuel!

Suz
Suz
1 year ago

Frohe Weihnachten! For 2021 I wish you what the oracle showed me – Wein, Bier und Spass. Enjoy!!

Krisztina Nagy
Krisztina Nagy
1 year ago

Merry Christmas Emanuel, and thank you for the advent calendar.

anon
anon
1 year ago

Frohe Weihnachten!

Todd McLean
Todd McLean
1 year ago

Thanks for everything you’ve done for us, the struggles you’ve put us through, the horrible and hilarious jokes, and the painful process of synapse building as we learn German. You’re the best!
Frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

Sound words! Happy Christmas and a safe and very happy year in 2021.

Parisbongi
Parisbongi
1 year ago

Frohe Weihnachten Y’all!!! Emanuel, dude, dark mode? Amazing, I think you’ll be drawing a whole new audience.
Thanks again for all your efforts.

Pe99y
Pe99y
1 year ago

Stumbling and enjoying it. Thanks for your humor as i learn.

LCantoni
LCantoni
1 year ago

Frohe Weihnachten, frohes neues Jahr, und vielen Dank, lieber Emanuel!

jen
jen
1 year ago

Frohe Weihnachten!

Jinnie
Jinnie
1 year ago

Emanuel, Ich wünsche Dir ein frohes Weihnachtsfest, ein gutes neues Jahr, und vor allem eine gute Gesundheit.