I have always had a problem with learning foreign languages. Especially when it comes to the grammar. Memorization is not that hard if I put my mind to it, but learning the grammar is a struggle. Last semester I took German 1, and I passed it. Not because I was good at it, but because the class was set up in such a way that it was fairly easy to breeze through. This semester not so much.
At the beginning of this semester I started German 2. It was without a doubt harder. She expected us to take quizzes every few weeks on the grammar and the vocab. For the first quiz I only studied for a day or two, and surprise surprise, I failed it. I think I made a 64. Ouch. But, this failure taught me that I could not just cruise through this class to pass. I had to actually work at it this time around. Something I wish I had realized last semester so I would not have started so behind this semester. But, it’s too late for that. After the horrible failure of that first quiz I started to work much harder. I tried to listen better in class, take better notes, and participate and ask questions. I started to study the grammar every night for at least a couple of hours, and I slowly started to understand it better. I work as a waitress, so during the slow times at work I started to study my vocabulary. By the time the next quiz rolled around I had a strong grasp of the vocabulary and I at least vaguely understood the grammar. Like I said, it is my weakness. Yet, I came to class as prepared as I could be and I passed the quiz with an 86. Not the best grade in the world. But for me, in this class that I hate because I am not good at, that was a 110. My failure taught me that I had to work harder and stop coasting. It taught me that just because I was not naturally good at something did not mean that I could not learn it. Its been rough having this class, but I have learned some German, and I have learned from the class over all. Our failures are valuable. They teach us in a way that success without failure never could. Without failure to compare it to, success would not taste as good. Just like happiness. Without sadness being happy would mean less.