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Mein Hut, der hat drei Ecken,
Drei Ecken hat mein Hut,
Und hätt er nicht drei Ecken,
So wär es nicht mein Hut.
learn them children's songs and read children's picture books. Seriously, every day in 2nd year German we read a different picture book and practiced the vocabulary we learned. It's a long road to learn another language when you start in adolescence or post-adolescence..
Speaking as Greek here, other than the umlauted vowels and a distinction between soft "h" and hard "ch" sound, the pronounciation is relatively easy, and the spelling is much more regular than in English or even French.
Grammar wise, I was surprised to find that it has a lot of similarities with (ancient) Greek, in the way the case system works and the way many phrases and expressions are constructed. I wouldn't be surprised if it was harder for a native English speaker to pick up on it, simply because the grammar must feel so alien.