OT: Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

Yeah, but not so well.

It’s pathetic, because I have a degree in German, but I haven’t spoken it seriously for about eleven years.  And that’s bad.  My language skills have atrophied.

I went to a German-speaking meetup yesterday, complete with German expats and locals who just want to practice their language skills.  We met at a local brewery.

If you ever meet me in person, I’m quite awkward.  Quiet. Weird.  I don’t know why I put myself in social situations with strangers AND speaking another language.  It’s beyond me, but I want to be more outgoing, make new friends, and practice a skill that I let go.

When I did speak, my spoken language skills were atrocious, mostly because I was nervous.  But, on the positive side, I did understand a lot of the conversations around me.

I’m taking steps to get better.  Not only will I go back to this meetup, but I also bought a Conversational German book on my Kindle and am practicing.  I’m determined.  Weird thing, this morning on the elevator, I thought it was funny that people were speaking English.  Wait a second!  I guess some of my German skills are buried in my brain after all if I’m think in German again.

In an effort to tie this in with knitting, I suppose that’s why I keep chugging along with knitting.  I want to keep learning.  I want to keep my skills sharp. And I’m going to do that with my German now.

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6 thoughts on “OT: Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

  1. I had 2 years of German in high school and 2 semesters (or was that years?) at LVC (and Dr. Scott wanted me to be a German minor, but I took my classes late enough in my career I couldn't…
    But, yes, I wish I'd kept up with the little I knew and kept learning. If only because it's something different.

    And don't get me started on all the Biology I've forgotten in the last 15 years……

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  2. Yeah, I'm wishing I had done this with my German sooner, to be honest. Still, ask Joan about the time we got lost in Munich. My German came in VERY handy then.

    It feels good to study again, even if it's only for fun.

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  3. I had 4 years of French in high school. Took a semester of it at PSU Berks. Then in my senior year at LVC, I completed the language requirement and took my 2nd intermediate French class. I took it in my senior year because I wanted to do something fun in my last year. My teacher at LVC said I should minor in it… Of course it was too late for me too and she kinda said “OH” when I told her I was MRT. The credit load for music majors is really high… so she kinda understood. Still Jenn, I'd like to hit the Pergamon museum in Berlin maybe before it closes for 5 years… hint, hint.

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  4. Berlin?! I'd be game for that. It's great city. 🙂

    Yeah, LVC music majors did have a lot on their plate. I'm surprise I managed a double major without driving myself too insane. Still, anyone with a music major had way more work than I did.

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  5. I totally understand your comments about German. I feel the same about my Spanish skills. I'm 65 and recently went back to PSU Brandywine and took a review Spanish class. I was the only grey haired person in the class. The GO-60 program at PSU is GREAT. I recommend it to anyone 60 and older. When the teacher asked me why I was in the class I said it was because I love Spanish. This was a great review and I really learned something in every class. So glad you made this post!

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  6. Thank you! Funny that you mention this…. I actually went back a second time to the German-speaking group last night and it went MUCH better. I'm glad that renewed your love of Spanish, as well!

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