Saturday, January 28, 2012

Not so Exciting Today

Hello again!

I know I have been a little MIA since my first day of language school, but it turns out that learning a new language is ex-hausting! My class doesn't start until 9am, but Felix has to get up at 5:30am Monday-Wednesday in order to get to work on time. Once his obnoxious radio goes off, I am up for good. I was taking the 7:30am bus which has a connection in Zornheim in front of the school that I was working at for the DJK. Then there is a 20 min. layover before my bus takes me to Mainz arriving at 8:30am. On Thursdays and Fridays, Felix works from home, so he has been kind enough to drive me to class, so we get to sleep a little later. Or at least I would if I weren't waking up at 3:30am every night and waking up at least 30 min. before the alarm every morning. This week I tested out taking the later bus. It goes directly from our bus stop to Mainz, so I don't have to listen to 40 hyper children in the morning and then freeze at the bus stop for 20 min. Several of the kids that I worked with in the after school programs ride my same bus and I am the only person over 10 on the bus (besides the driver, ha, ha.) It arrives at the train station at 8:55am and I have a 5 min. walk to the school. It seems that we never start earlier than 9:10am, so I have plenty of time to make the walk and then get settled in the classroom.

Yesterday I went to bed at midnight and woke up at 3:30am after a horrible dream. I tried to fall back asleep, but I never really did. As a result, I messed up when answering questions and pronouncing words as soon as class started. It was pretty ridiculous. I've known my numbers in German since my first visit here 5 or so years ago, yet somehow, I said "NINEundvierzig" (49) instead of "NEUNundvierzig" yesterday. They sound similar, but I didn't even notice my mistake until the teacher pointed it out. Oh well, we all have our off days. It is certainly helping. My next post will be a brief German lesson. I'm not sure if I expect it to help anyone else to understand German or to understand what I am learning (because, let's face it, the language is crazy) or if I am just explaining it as a learning tool for myself, but hopefully someone else will enjoy my sample of German grammar.

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