If your answer to that question is "No, I don't speak German, but I would like to learn," there are some great resources in our community. Children who are interested in instruction in the four language domains (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) may want to take classes at the the German Language School of the Danube Swabian Society, 625 Seegers Road, Des Plaines. Classes for children ages 4-14 begin Saturday, September 19.
If you want to try speaking German (and eating at the same time), visit Kuhn's Deli, 749 W. Golf Road, Des Plaines. The chicken schnitzel is one of my favorite sandwiches to eat there. I also like to take home the authentic German potato salad, but there are also lots of other grocery and deli items available for purchase.
The Library also has many resources for learning about German language and culture. Tell Me More is an online language learning resource that can help you build vocabulary, speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in German. The Golden Goose is a DVD based on a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm that you can listen to in German. Want to pick up a dictionary? The German Picture Dictionary is exactly what the title implies. Each German word is accompanied by a translation, a simple sentence, and a colorful picture.
Ich muss jetzt gehen. Bis bald! (I have to go now. See you soon!)