19.08.2014 - Marburg Day 18…Frustration Station in Prepositionland
Let me just put this out there — I am a frustrated cryer. When I am on the phone with computer support and I’m getting nowhere, I cry. When I try and try and can’t seem to get something, I choke up. So let’s just say that when I was mad struggling with German prepositions in class today, it took all my energy to hold back the tears.
Obviously this won’t be the last time I hit a roadblock in learning this new tongue. I knew going into this that languages (aside from English) weren’t my strong suit. But I can’t remember the last time I struggled so much with learning something new; no matter how hard I try, I can’t wrap my mind around it.
Maybe that’s because languages are less logical and more intuitive. Because there are no hard-and-fast rules. Because there’s no story to tell. Because there’s no problem to solve.
It makes me think back to my struggles with physics in college. Sure, it didn’t come easy to me, but after a 2-hour long office hour session with the professor, it clicked. I’m still waiting for that click when it comes to German.
I also think there’s also a new type of pressure, living in Germany and not being semi-proficient in the language. I really want to be able to communicate with people who aren’t proficient in English. I want to be able to explore Germany and learn about the culture with as few barriers as possible.
Challenge accepted. Until then, I’ll keep the frustrated tears to a minimum.
14.08.2014 - Marburg Day 13…How do the kids do it?
How did I ever go to school 9-3 (or 8:30-2:30, or even 7:40-2:20)? One day of full language classes completely wiped me out. Am Nachmittag, ich hatte sehr müde, und die zweiten Hälfte von dem Tag war sehr schwer. I have decided that afternoons are never a good time to learn anything. Aber Mittagspausen sind eine gute Zeit Deutsch sprechen, denn die “lunch ladies” wissen nur Deutsch.
We were going to play foßball heute, aber das Wetter war schlechtes. Instead, we made dinner (originally a stir-fry but it ended up looking like a healthier version of chicken-fried rice) and played Egyptian Rat Screw, poker, and Catch Phrase.
On a side note, who leaves merchandise out on the sidewalk with no sign indicating price or ownership or anything?! #culturaldifferences
12.08.2014 - Marburg Day 11…Mein Deutschklasse ist sehr lange
Not much to report today. Following a super long day of German language classes (approximately 4.5 Stunden!), I was able to relax before the newly-dubbed Taco Tuesday dinner (das war sehr lecker!). Each day I add to and study my flashcards, but I feel like I’m getting new words faster than I can study them. I must concede to the fact that I will probably need ein ganz Jahr before I will know enough vocabulary to say what’s on my mind.
Till then I have my ever-growing collection of virtual flashcards.