I'm actually from Germany (who knew?) and there's a few more Germans on this forum as well...I'm just not sure about how active they are (this being said, I'm probably not that active on this forum as well...). I hope you enjoy it here! I always have, at least
Well, I think the greatest barrier is the language. As you are German, you know that school based English is very often not enough. Many people believe that English is an easy language, with many similarities to Geman. I wouldn't agree. I am absolutely sure that if the language educated at school beginning in the fourth class would be French instead of English, the results were better.
I know that English (and this implicates American English with more Francophonic words) is the language with the highest number of words / vocabulary in the world. Once I had a dictionary with 120,000 words, and the total number of words in English may reach up to 180,000 or even more. And many words have different meanings.
Second: The tenses. If you don't understand that English is the language where the exact handling of tenses in a correct form is necessary, because the complete language is structured by this (like in German the declinations), you wouldn't understand very much. I once was in the andvantegeous situation to absolve a half year's full-time English education twenty years ago (Commercial English) at Colon School of Languages in Hamburg when I was being unemployed.
On the other hand there are not so many members of the LDS in Germany, about 32,000 I guess. I would further guess that only one out of 200 persons in Germany speaks English in an acceptable way. That means only 160 Germans being a member of the LDS would speak good English. And this is only an expected number by myself. In fact I am afraid there would even be more who don't have reached the conversation level.
And, reading English and understanding about the issues is exertive, and even more exertive because many issues are completely different from German issues as a result of a difference in cultur (I mean American English, and I am only interested in American English, not British English at all, so I don't know exactly about issues being important or up-to-date in England). As a quintessence this might be the reason for the less involvement of Germans in these forums.
Edited by ghostwind, 30 December 2012 - 09:15 AM.