The German language is damn hard to learn! Don't let people tell you otherwise! I studied Japanese for one year and could carry on a decent conversation and I could write both Japanese scripts as well as some Kanji (the Chinese characters used in Japanese writing.) Admittedly I haven't been studying German for long but I am living in the country and having to use it everyday. When I learnt Japanese, I did it without ever visiting the country.
I've just been eavesdropping on the kids playing-
DS "Look DD, here's my shop, what are you going to buy?"
DD " A widdle kidden, an a widdle dog, an a wamm, an a poddy.
(Translation: A little kitten, a little dog, a little lamb and a potty.)
DD "Wait! I habben buy-deded dem yet!
I suspect this is how I sound when I attempt to speak German, however DD is probably more grammatically correct. I just don't understand how my lovely little girl can mispronounce every English word that comes out of her mouth, yet I heard her whispering 'Sponge Bob Schwamm Kopf', 'Nein', 'Schuhe' and 'tschuss' in perfect German!