Mark Twain on Learning German

“Surely there is not another language that is so slipshod and systemless, and so slippery and elusive to the grasp.  One is washed about in it, hither and thither, in the most helpless way; and when at last he thinks he has captured a rule which offers firm ground to take a rest on amid […]

An Innocent Abroad

I’ll admit, it started out so innocently.  It was but a small speck of time, those faint months spent in Vienna. My eyes open wide to an entire new existence. Never before had I been to a land where I couldn’t speak the language. And now, my heart embraced feelings it couldn’t dare to understand. […]

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