English is not my mother tongue, but in my country it was compulsory for all the schools to teach their students English right from KinderGarten. I remember we used to have a picture book of English alphabets in which it was written things like
- A - Apple
- B - Ball
- C - Cat
and English was not a very foreign language in our society as well, every then and now people used to say words like Apple, Clock, Time, Bread etc. so there was a very little issue of pronunciation. I was a kid, just learnt and repeated what was taught in the English Class and I must admit that the process was slow, we children could use few English words in day-to-day conversations but using a full English sentence was considered a very difficult task. Even if as a 3rd Grader one would join a English coaching classes, the only different thing they taught in coaching was some familiar phrases:
How are you?
"Thank you"? should be replied with "Mention Not"
What is your name?
So, looking back it seems the English which I'm writing now wasn't developed in one or two years it took a long long time and really slowly we learnt things. But of course we were kids and didn't care much about time and were very sure we will be well in English.
But now I'm 18 years old, and language learning seems tough. I'm learning German on my own, but given that I cannot give so much time to learning German, I'm watching the videos on YouTube and some other resources which I'm following but yet it seems following that Kindergarten procedure won't work very well here. Initially, things are monotonous but I have to go through that, I accept that but I don't think I shall be able to make much progress with learning little things everyday, one of the reasons is complete unfamiliarity and unsocial (means my society doesn't use German at all). Let me explain myself through an example: The plural of Ox in English is not oxes but oxen (exception to plural rules) but it didn't seem very unfamiliar when we were learning it because almost everyone (our seniors in school, family members and other relatives) knew it, but the plural of Ofen in German is Öfen which doesn't follow any of 5 rules. And as no one in my acquaintance knows it I find it unfamiliar.
How should I teach myself so that I shall be able to understand German texts (novels, scientific papers) in one or two years?