We are learning grammar and basic stuff like family members, how to fill out forms, and how to say where you live, where you are from, etc. The classes run Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm-9pm. This will continue for almost a year! I should be reading german literature by then haha. Kinda puts a damper on travel plans, but its not a big deal to miss a class here and there, and anyway, I am glad it is so intensive. I am not working, so bring it on. It really feels good learning this stuff and being able to use it immedietly. I was in the park pushing Mayzie on the swings and a 12 year old girl was there and we chatted a bit--stuff like how old are you, where do you live, etc. That sounds strange but she was happy to speak english and I German, and I was surprised how well she spoke, being 12. They start them learning english at 6 years old over here, if not earlier, depending on the parent. Our friend Annett has her 3 year old in English classes.
We are definitly gaining confidence. Shops and bakeries and weird stalls that I had shied away from a few weeks ago, I am easily able to order something and not feel awkward or have to explain myself in English. Being able to properly pronounce is nice...the alphabet is so close to ours, but the pronunciations are different. That really helps the comfort level for sure. My goal: all I want to do is understand what the hell these guys are talking about on sunday morning while they drink beer and eat pretzels:
Jenna starts her classes May 4. Hers are Montag, Dienstag, and Freitag from 0840-1150. I know she will enjoy these classes, so I am looking forward to practicing with her.