As some know, I am a student of languages. Why I came to be so is the subject of another post.
But, I occasionally take classes. Many years ago, I was involved in a class in intermediate German, taught by a sprightly blond woman.
We were focused on a difficult section, something like “Irregular verbs in the Dative Case.” We struggled, stammered, the teacher reaching for ways to explain the subject.
Then a fellow student’s hand shot up, his voice near a wail, “Why do the Germans say it that way?” A tremor of agreeing heads underscored his plight.
“Because they do,” smiled the teacher’s voice, calming the crowd, and we moved on.