Break Diver Laith Al Saifi
Break Diver Laith Al Saifi
  • DIVER: Laith “Leo” Al Saifi
  • CATEGORY – Linguist
  • DIVE: German
  • LEVEL: 1
  • REQUIREMENTS: Level 1 (Can read, write, speak, and understand German (High) at a basic level.)

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When and Why Did You Decide to Pursue This Dive?

Actually, this is a funny story, I never imagined myself learning German in my whole life. I was thinking about learning a lot of other languages because I wanted to be a polyglot one day.

While I was enrolling in my classes in the second semester of my third year at my university, I was looking for Italian or Spanish courses to take but I didn’t find them at all. The only language that I bumped into by mistake that would complete my graduation requirements was the German language.

I felt a little down at that moment but after starting German classes I started to fall in love with this language day after day. Since then I’ve decided to actually learn it and become a fluent German speaker.

How Long Did It Take For You To Accomplish This Dive At This Level From The Day You Decided To Pursue It, And Why Did It Take That Long?

It took me one month to realize how much I love this language and how wonderful it is. When I found a guy on YouTube who helps beginners learn German, I was amazed and excited.

It took me just a couple of months to learn the basics, but it took me a while to really get started because I was more excited at the time to learn either Italian or Spanish but I couldn’t, so I wasn’t sure about learning German at all.

What Was The Hardest Part About Achieving This Dive Level?

The hardest part was the grammar, not all of it, but the articles and pronouns were so hard to differentiate between. Day after day and with constant practice as with all languages, I started learning and understanding the grammar.

Reviewing all of the articles that are connected to other words is very important. Trust me this is the most effective way to memorize them all.

What Was The Easiest Part About Achieving This Dive Level?

The easiest part was loving the language and my willingness to learn new things every day about it. Passion for learning a new language is the easiest and the most important part of your journey.

What Is Your Advice For Someone Who Is Pursuing This Dive And Level?

DON’T GIVE UP, that’s the most wonderful advice for everyone out there wanting to learn a new language. I know sometimes learning a new language will make you feel frustrated but remember this: worthwhile things need more effort than you think.

It’s always going to be worthwhile because “YOU” decided that goal, that dream, would be part of your life. That means this thing is so precious to you, right? So, stick with it no matter how long it’s going to take.

What Are Some Of The Best Resources You Recommend to Those Pursuing This Dive at This Level, And Why Do You Recommend Them? Please Include Relevant Weblinks, If Applicable.

DW Learn German: This is a great place to start if you are a beginner.

Duolingo: A great way to expand your German vocabulary.

HelloTalk: You can exchange languages and practice your German with native speakers.

Break Diving German Handbook Resources: Lots of great resources to help you with your German language learning journey.

Tell Us A Story Of One Of Your Adventures While Pursuing This Dive.

I love how I get pumped into this language story. It’s just like magic. The reason why I never imagined myself learning this language in the first place was because of my views of the German people.

I feel sometimes that the German language is so masculine. The language is so harsh sometimes and not gentle or elegant when compared to other languages. There are a lot of intense letters and words that I heard from my friends that made the language so repulsive to me.

As the saying goes, never judge before you try something. When I attended my first German class, it was not what I expected. The language was like harmony to me. The way the letters were pronounced was so beautiful. How they came together to create new, strange words that I never heard before was amazing.

After every class, it was getting way better and at that moment I realized that I wouldn’t regret my decision. In the end, I started to look for more resources to improve myself in the German language because the book from the university was for 6-year-olds and only covered letters, numbers, and some very basic words.

How Did You Prove You Met The Requirements for this Level?

My posts, participation, and discussions in the chatroom in the Break Diving community prove my progress in this wonderful language. I have also participated in live Break Diving German Fluency Project live video chat events with Break Diving founder, Monroe Mann, who also vouches for my basic German language abilities.

Will you be pursuing the next level?  If so, what is the next level, and what is your plan?  If not, why not?

Yes, I will continue pursuing this Dive until I master the German language. I am an addicted language loving person and I will continue learning this language every day non-stop.

And having made this post, and provided adequate evidence to the dive committee, Laith “Leo” Al Saifi is now hereby certified by Break Diving, Inc. as: LINGUIST – GERMAN – LEVEL 1.  Congratulations Leo!  Thank you for being an inspiration to others!

Laith Al Saifi German Level 1 Certificate

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