My Experience Learning a Foreign Language

My Experience Learning a Foreign Language

When I first started blogging I didn’t realize how big a part of my life is focused on learning a foreign language. So much so, that I never even thought about writing about it because it was just so much a part of my everyday life that it seemed like everyone was like me and this wouldn’t be anything special… until yesterday!

I had the chance to reconnect with my high school German teacher over dinner with her family, last night. It was the first time we saw each other since I graduated – so almost 2 years! I’m up at college and she, her husband, and son, were in the area so they invited me to dinner and it was absolutely so nice to talk to her after so long. It made me realize not only that reconnecting with past friends/acquaintances can be such a great thing, but it made me realize how special it was to even start learning a foreign language. If I didn’t have the desire to start learning German, I never would have met her, and she wouldn’t have been my teacher for 5 years!

I started taking German in 8th grade, and have continued it through high school, and I’m now minoring in it at college. Its been a big part of my life for almost 7 years and its been such a fun journey.

And thats right… a journey. Emotionally, mentally, and physically! Learning a foreign language has its ups and downs, good days and bad days. Somedays sitting in class I participate all the time, am asking questions, and am on top of my game. Other days, I can’t come up with right words, I feel lost, and I feel defeated. Learning a new language is tough! It takes a lot of time and work, and a lot of dedication. It can be a trying time, and you learn so much about yourself while going through it all. You’re not going to understand everything at once. And sometimes things will just “click” and you’ll understand it! But you will learn something new, every day you practice.

Learning a foreign language is also a physical journey; it can take you to beautiful places around the world. After I graduated high school my parents got me the ultimate gift: a trip to Germany! After learning the language for over 5 years, it was amazing to finally go to the country to immerse myself in their culture, learn more about the country and practice my language-speaking skills. I plan to go back as soon as I have the opportunity too!

Below are a few pictures of my trip to Germany!

picture of kempten germany

Kempten, Deutschland

kempten german

Kempten, Deutschland

picture of me in the alps

Me in the Alps!

picture of the Neuschwanstein Castle

Picture I took of Neuschwanstein Schloss (Castle)

the alps

An evening of wine and good food in the Alps

the alps

The Alps from our hotel

One thing I wish that we did in the States, is start teaching a second language in elementary school. Some schools do it, but it is not mandatory (or at least wasn’t when I was in elementary school). I know that learning a new language isn’t for everyone, but I think it is so important to expose people to new languages and cultures because it can teach you so much about life and the way the world works! If you’ve ever had the desire to start learning another language, I would say, DO IT! You will be exposed to so many beautiful new things.

Have you learned a second language? How about a third? What has your experience been like? Let me know in the comments below!

With Love,




  1. February 28, 2018 / 1:16 pm

    I loved your post! Learning a new language can be tough, but it will get easier as long as you want to learn it 🙂 My mother language is Spanish, my second language is English, and my third one is Arabic. I am still working on the third one, as you might know it is way too difficult but I’m trying the best I can. My experience on learning Arabic has been special. I’m Muslim, so I wanna be able to read the Quran in Arabic one day 🙂 I am also trying to learn sign language, I got inspired by a TvShow. Learning new languages is awesome <3, I guess even though it is hard, it relaxes you at some point.

    • madisonheise
      February 28, 2018 / 2:34 pm

      Thats amazing!! I’ve always wanted to learn arabic! That is really amazing; Good luck on your journey, thats so exciting! I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels that way, I also think learning languages is fun and relaxing!

  2. February 28, 2018 / 6:10 pm

    Hi there! I really enjoyed reading this post. As a Spanish speaker and having a degree in the subject, this is totally relatable. Language learning takes a lot of work but incredibly rewarding as you say, and a brilliant way to open your eyes to new cultures. One of my recent posts: “Travelling as a Language Graduate” details my thoughts on language learning and visiting new countries, which may be of interest to you!

    • madisonheise
      February 28, 2018 / 10:01 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post!! I will have to check that out!! I actually have really been wanting to learn Spanish, I’m thinking that will be my next language!

  3. Kim
    February 28, 2018 / 8:02 pm

    Congrats on learning German. I’m sure you have dedicated a lot of time and effort to do so. Nice blog post and I loved the pics!!!

    • madisonheise
      February 28, 2018 / 10:00 pm

      Thank you so much!!

  4. March 1, 2018 / 3:53 pm

    Great post Maddie. You’re totally right. I’m learning Spanish and Italian and it’s tough. But I love it!

    • madisonheise
      March 2, 2018 / 1:10 pm

      Thank you so much!! And yes it is, but it’s so worth it!

  5. March 2, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    Wow! That trip looks amazing! I’d love to visit Germany at some point – I barely leave my home town! It’s such an amazing thing to learn a new language, and you never know when you’re going to need to use it again. Super helpful xx

    • madisonheise
      March 2, 2018 / 1:11 pm

      Thank you! Its a beautiful country, as soon as you get a chance to go, you totally should!!

  6. March 2, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    I am learning Spanish from last two years and started Chinese recently. It’s tough to learn a new language but also so much fun.

    Wow, you learned German and got chance to visit Germany too. Lovely pictures.

    An awesome post. Loved it 🙂

    • madisonheise
      March 3, 2018 / 3:27 pm

      That’s awesome!! Thank you! i’m glad you liked it!

  7. April 11, 2018 / 3:29 pm

    Germany was my my grandmother’s favorite place. She studied the language Andy often would try to teach me but it didn’t really stick. Learning a new language is challenging but I’m sure it is rewarding. Hopefully in my near future I can visit Germany and learn more about their culture and language.

    • madisonheise
      April 11, 2018 / 7:18 pm

      That is so cool! I hope you’re able to visit there soon, it’s beautiful!

      Thanks for reading!

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