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The pain - and pleasure - of learning German

We sit in a classroom, all 15 of us, puzzling over the rules of German grammar on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

For the past three hours, we have gone from the nuts and bolts of verb conjugations to role-playing sessions where we ask each other questions, in German, about our hobbies, jobs and holidays.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 10, 2019, with the headline 'The pain - and pleasure - of learning German'. Print Edition | Subscribe