For anyone who has ever taken a language class as an adult, we recommend The Intermediate Class, a beautiful fiction piece from this week’s New Yorker by Sam Allingham. Allingham’s narrator, a young man trying to learn German, encounters the limits of what can and can’t be said by him in both his native language and a new language. We think you’ll be able to relate! After you read the story, be sure to check out an interview with Allingham about his experience in language learning and how it influenced writing the story. And, if you’re feeling inspired, take a look at our German offerings, starting in a few weeks.

the intermediate class

Illustration by Blexbolex, from The New Yorker.