Poking fun at Germans
This is a funny ad put out by Berlitz, portraying the German Coast guard. Check it out if you haven't seen it.
I have so many funny stories about accents. Not “toh-mah-to” vs “toh-may-to” type discussions…but pronunciation that's way off. Luckily after years of dealing with people with a variety of accents from every major Western and Eastern cult
ure, I'm beginning to be able to make out what people are trying to say.
People speak English in so many different ways. I'm with
the camp that believes languages evolve, and as long as you get the message across, grammatical and spelling mistakes are acceptable. As such, my advice to most people learning a second language is to just start practising. Don't worry about getting it 100% right. Because if you want to work out all the grammar until you get it absolutely right, you will never speak a word in the first two years. The key is to get started. You get the most joy from learning a language by actually being able to use it. Then you'll have more motivation to learn the grammar and progress to the next level.