Even if I had finished my five years of Deutschkurs, I didn’t wanted to feel as a winner until I couldn’t demonstrate that I could use my level of German in any conversation with my friends from Austria.
So, they came two days ago to our flat to spend a few days and even if I was a little affraid that I couldn’t make myself understood, with a little help and understanding frmo them I actually could.
Of course, I still need to improve my German (and I will definetely do it) but the goal was surely accomplished since I was perfectly able to talk to them quite freely.
I still commit too many mistakes, I still have to find curious ways to express some ideas (when I don’t know the right words) but I feel that I can communicate with them, and that’s what was all about.
So, now, after feeling very proud of the effort made, I must continue improving, specially finding the right excuses to talk so the level I got doesn’t fade away.
I just got the mark for my fifth level and I passed it. Very happy, in one hand, for the result, but sad because many of my friends couldn’t do it, mostly due to a very poor teaching method from our teacher.
I was tempted to mark this goal as done, but finally decided not to because as I wrote a few entries ago, the goal was not about passing some test but about beeing able to have a nice and relaxed, even natural, conversation with my austriand friends.
I’ll come back here only when I feel I can do that properly.
I’m in the middle of my 4th year (just one more to go) and I’m very proud and happy about how it’s going on. Specially because of two little things that happenen a couple of days ago.
1. At a family party I met a relative whom I didn’t know which is son of an Austrian, thus he speaks fluently German and we (my girlfriend and I) could chat with him for quite a long time. It’s probably the first real conversation we have in this language.
2. As a homework for the classes, I started reading my first real, “actual”, non-simplified, german book. And I’m understanding most of it. Not all of the words, not all of the frases, but the global meaning and the plot.
So, for the first time in my life, I feel like I speak german. I feel myself in a whole new level and all the efforts through these years of learning become, suddenly, full of meaning. Plus, it gives me more strength to go on and improve my niveau.
Way to go! :-)
And I passed! Well, I did something more than pass…hehehe…93.5 / 100 it’s a hell of a note, right?
So, third level accomplished, now I’m on fourth grade and willing and able to do it.
The key to the next year will be immersion, lots of reading, lots of hearing, lots of conversations…so I’d better be starting!!!
Yesterday we had our exam. The 4th level is just one step away. The exam was easy enough to pass it without difficulties, aber we’ll have to wai until June, 25th to know it for sure.
My primary goal is going fine and I’m sure to be able to achieve it in time (two years from now, when we finnish our 5th level).
I decided, in order to improve my german, to work on it every two days.
This means that, at least every two days, besides taking my usual classes, I’ll do something related with german.
The possibilities ranges from making exercises to writing some post in my blog (auf deutsch, natürlich), from reading a newspaper to listening (carefully) to german music or watching a film. Anything goes, ‘cause the aim is to immerse myself on German in an easy but constant way.
Well, let’s put the cards on the table. I’m on third course. This means that, this year, for the first time, the final exam will be an official one (not done by our teachers but by the government itself).
Yesterday we had some sort of false exam, just to get the feeling of what we will find in the end.
And the result could not be more frightening. After the exam, ALL of the students were shocked by the difficulty of it. In less than two months we’ll have the definitive exam, and, honestly, after what happened yesterday, none of us feel prepared.
The main problem for all of us was the vocabulary. We had no problems with gramatical issues or with the “listening” part of the exam. We all have studied and this we knew almost perfectly.
But those words, man!!! Example: you get a text, and there you find an underlined strange word. You get four options to decide what’s the meaning of it. The problem is…that we did not even understand the words in the four options!!! :-)
So, tips will be welcome. By now, all I can think of is to read a lot, see more german movies than ever, so I can get this vocabulary, at least a little bit.
Hey! We’re on the road again!
Yesterday we started the 3rd course. And it was great! That feeling of
b) meeting again your old fellows from last years class
It’s gonna be a hard course, but it’s gonna be fun, too! :-)
Well, I’m on my way to get this goal achieved, since I’ve studied german for two years now in an official school near my place. It’s very fun to start speaking and to understand quite a lot of what I hear in that language.
The good thing is that it hasn’t been difficult at all and, plus, it was fun! :-)
In three years my full course will be over and then I hope I’ll be able to have real nice conversations with my österreiche Freunde :-)
The real goal here is to be able to have a nice relaxed conversation with my good friends Thomas and Judith from Austria in hi own language. That’s how I’ll know that I have achieved this goal.