Dr. Black has an excellent view on understanding the German language. He insists that the only way to truly master the language is to speak it. Might I suggest that if you have a desire to learn German, that you find a local group such as we have in the Dallas area. At some point in the next year or two I fully plan on attending these events in order to learn the language. I am also fortunate to have a friend who was born in Germany that I can practice with whenever I find time (and she is just about the sweetest servant of God one could hope to know)! Resources like these are invaluable!