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Adventures in Language Learning

Last year when I was in Berlin I discovered a very amusing book called Der Die Was?: Ein Amerikaner im Sprachlabyrinth by David Bergmann. Bergmann is an American who is now fluent in German, and his book is about his adventures in learning German.

It's the first truly German book I've ever read, (All my other previous German book reads were translations,) and I highly receommend it. Very informative and quite amusing! I'd like to know if any native German speakers have read it and what they think of it.

But after reading Der Die Was? I was curious to know if anyone had ever written a similar book about learning the English language. It sounds like it would be quite fun to hear about someone's experiences in learning my mother tongue. This is probably kind of a long shot, but I was wondering if anyone here knew of such a book? If you try to do searches on Amazon or any other book site using the keywords "English" and "learning" you get a flood of ESL results.
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