Not sure how I have failed to mention that whole I’m-in-a-German-language-course-five-hours-per-week fact, but I did and I am. I wish I could say that I worked harder at my German. I want to learn, I do. I was here about 4 months before I actually put in any true effort and 7 months before I started my class. Like what?
I started in A1.2, so I skipped the first class (A1.1) and saved 250 € in the process, so that was a good decision. Starting 7 months in, however, was not. I understand a lot of German, but often respond in English because speaking it is insanely difficult due to: 1) pronunciation and 2) sentence structure.
The family I work for is very encouraging about my learning German. I am not supposed to practice with the kids – I am here to teach them English, after all – but I am allowed to speak it with the parents whenever I please. Their English is just so great I forget to even try out my German. Little Liam is the only one I actually use a bit on because he gets REAL frustrated when I do not understand the words he so proudly puts out there. In fact, I think I’ve learned most of my German from the little monster who isn’t even 2. Anyway, often the parents ask me questions or give directions in German and last night a funny circumstance occurred that proved why I normally just take the easy way out and respond in English.
[whole conversation occurs in German, but I have "translated"]
Pat (host dad): Where are you going?
Me: Mein sprachkurs.
Pat: Oh super! Have fun! How are you getting there?
[at this point, I am confused due to a) his excitement over me going to my language class, a very routine activity and b) asking how I was getting there - however, the trams were on strike yesterday so what would be a weird question was actually pretty normal]
Me: Ja danke. Ich werde in Lauren’s auto fahren.
Pat: Suggests a bunch of arrival methods in German.
Me: No, car is cool, thanks though.
Pat: Why are you going?
Me: huh? —> que switch to English
Pat: Aren’t you going to Strasbourg?
Me: ah nooo mein sprachkurs!
Me: Pat, German class.
Pat: OHHHHHH! I thought you said Strasbourg! I had no idea why you were going for a couple hours tonight.