After taking five months of intensive German classes, I have learned thousands of words. Or perhaps I should say that I have “learned” those words. One of the problems with learning a language quickly is that it takes a while for things to settle into your head. For me, the grammar is the easy part. … Continue reading Expanding and Reinforcing my German Vocabulary with Memrise
Yesterday I took the exam for the end of my B1 German class. I’ll find out the results on Monday, but I’m 99.9% sure I passed. After this I have to take the Orientierungskurs (Orientation Course, kind of like the citizenship course in the US) and take the official Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer (German Test for Immigrants). I … Continue reading Putting my B1 German to the Test
I would say that, at this point, my German is at an intermediate level. I have most of the grammar I need to express myself in complex sentences, and I can put together a sentence correctly, only pausing to come up with the right vocabulary. But here’s the problem: My vocabulary isn’t all that big … Continue reading Where did my personality go?
Today in my German class, we were working on the passive voice. We practiced using it by changing active sentences into passive ones, and vice versa. This was one of our practice sentences: Die Heizung war nicht abgestellt worden. In order to put it in active voice, I created this sentence: Niemand hatte die Heizung … Continue reading German Grammar Question: Man v. Jemand/Niemand
I have a problem with German. It has nothing to do with learning the language, a process that is going fairly well. If all goes well with my exam tomorrow, I will be one class away from B1 status. This classifies me as an “independent user” with “threshold or intermediate” language skills, according to the … Continue reading German v. Spanish
Today I took my A2 German test. Assuming all goes well, by Friday I will officially be an A2 German speaker. Woohoo! After finishing the test, I wandered across the street to the Mayersche Buchhandlung. I started browsing their sale books: €3 for one book, €5 for two. I looked for novels or other easy … Continue reading Reading in German
We are almost out of rice. In the past, I probably would have gone to the nearest grocery store, picked up the most convenient bag of generic white rice, and considered the job done. Now that I live with an Iranian, however, I am being educated on the importance of “good” rice. So far, all … Continue reading Language Soup with Rice