I decided to use one of the additional ideas listed on the AMD 1 assignment, which is changing the language to Deutsch on my Facebook. I personally think that the coolest part is the “like” button, which is shown as “gefällt mir” in Deutsch. I tried to search the actual meaning through Google and what I found was that “gefällt” means “like” and “mir” means “me.” So if I literally combine the two words together, they become “like me.” However, when I typed in “gefällt mir” on Google translation (which might not always be correct), it shows “I like it.” Therefore, I am not quite sure which one is the literal meaning, but now I do know that “gefällt mir” represents the like button. Another word that seems a little bit overwhelming is “veranstaltungseinladungen,” which means “event invitations.” As I clicked on different buttons, I realized that a lot of german words are actually very long such as “benachrichtigungen(notifications), freundschaftsanfragen(friend requests),” just like the event invitations. In addition, something that I found very interesting is that when someone comments on a video or photo, it actually says “xxx hat [the title of the post] kommentiert.” It is something that we have not learned yet. However, after watching the Kapitel 2 video, I know that we are going to learn about this kind of grammar very soon in Kapitel 2.
Overall, I think that many german words are very similar to english words so it is actually pretty easy and fun to try to use Facebook in Deutsch. Even if the words are long or seem hard to understand, I could actually try to figure out by separating a word into smaller parts and see if I have learned any of the words or by looking at the contexts. For example, the word “freundschaftsanfragen,” which means friend request. If I looked at the first part of the word, I could find the word “freund” and that means friend. Also, the last part “fragen” means ask. These two words are what we have learned in Kapitel 1 and have already helped me identify a really long vocabulary that I have never learned before. I think this is telling me that there is actually so much that we already can understand just with what we learned from Kapitel 1. It also motivates me to learn more and try more with Deutsch. Learning a language could be hard, but if we paid attention to details, we might realize that many words are extensions of what we have learned. There is still a long way to go to master Deutsch, but as we learn more vocabularies and grammar, I am positive that we will be able to understand a lot for sure by the end of the semester.